Walks & Bookings
Dunreyth Alpacas is not an open farm
All walks MUST be booked in advance
BOOKING YOUR WALK
Bookings are available from Wednesday to Sunday.
Each walker will have thier own alpaca, we do not allow walkers to share an alpaca as this is unsettling for the animal.
Bookings can be made by email (confirmed by card payment ) or direct phone contact.
Payment for the booking can be processed by card over the phone on 07766252310. During working hours.
Wed.- Fri ..9am-1pm
Walks are at 10:15 am
Walkers must arrive before the health and safety talk
Dunreyth Alpacas try to personalise their walks rather than have large groups unless these have been specifically booked .
At least two Alpacas need to be booked per walk (unless we can book a single walker in with another group).
Being herd animals these delightful animals will not walk out alone.
To ensure the Alpacas are not swamped by people, numbers are restricted.
Two people sharing one alpaca is not an option.
The cost is £20 per Alpaca.
Please arrive *at least 15 mins* prior to your booked time for the H&S briefing. Unfortunately, if you miss this you cannot take part in the walk
Please inform us if you are running late so we can assess whether it is possible to wait.
To avoid disappointment at the venue. Numbers are restricted and unexpected people will not be able to accompany you.* Parking is restricted .
Young Children walking with an Alpaca
Children 6 years and over are allowed to walk an alpaca, we recommend that a nervous child of 6 yrs or above, share with a responsible adult.
No children under six years old are allowed out on the walks .
All children must be well behaved and calm at all times due to the alpacas nervous disposition.
Groups of Children over 7 years old, require one adult as a responsible person to walk with them .
The walk takes approx. 50 min . We take a track through woods to a view point and then retrace back to the start point.
The length of time of the walk is dependent on the speed the Alpacas walk, you will then be invited to see how we start the fleece processing and our finished garments.
Please ensure you wash your hands after handling the Alpacas before eating or leaving the site .
We do walk in light rain if safe to do so. If it is heavy rain we will rebook the walk.
The Alpacas welfare is paramount.
Sensible, sturdy footwear is essential. In wet weather Wellington boots are advised.
Covid 19 Restrictions
The non-refundable payment to make a booking will be taken on the understanding that should the Government prevent us from being open on your chosen dates we will happily defer to dates later in the year or anytime during the 2021. Or a voucher valid for 12 months is also an option.
Dunreyth Alpacas has taken all the required precautions to comply with government guidelines to ensure a safe environment on site .
Everyone entering the site must use the hand gel as directed by staff(Group specific)
All customers will have safe socially distanced areas designated to them on arrival.
All groups/Individuals will be directed to group specific hand washing staions .
Face coverings are to be worn when inside the shop areas .
Cancellations/reduction in party numbers
Should you cancel/reduce your booking at short notice i.e. less than 48 hrs. Or miss the walk due to being late You will lose any payment/voucher
Should Dunreyth Alpacas cancel your booking due to severe weather or other unforeseen circumstances then an alternative walk will be offered or your payment will be returned.
Please take note to avoid disappointment at the venue
Numbers are restricted and unexpected people will not be able to accompany you.
We do not have signs.
We are not part of Adsdean farm
Please do not call into the big house, we are just beyond it.
Post walk drinks/meals can be had at the Barleymow pub in Walderton
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Alpacas are largely confident and curious while out walking and will enjoy looking around and meeting people. They take most things in their stride but they don’t like confined spaces and may need some time and encouragement to deal with strange obstructions. Sometimes if one of us slips or breaks a twig it can startle one alpaca which startles the others, so be on the lookout for them making sudden movements and just stay stable and calm. They will soon settle down.
When free in the field alpacas will back off if you try to touch them as they are making sure they won’t get caught.
Once they are haltered and on a lead they give up their need to avoid you and will walk happily beside you. You may be able to lightly touch the neck but this is infringing their space so it isn’t polite to try it too often. Likewise an alpaca should respect your space and not nudge or nibble you. Never touch the rump, although our experienced handlers may do so to encourage an alpaca to move out of danger.
Alpacas are herd animals – they believe in sticking close together for safety. If one gets left behind he may start to run to catch up. For the safety of the people at the back, the front party needs to stop and wait if a gap opens up between the alpacas
Your guide will be aware of the situation and act accordingly.
If you drop the lead your alpaca will stay in the group and not run off unless very alarmed. We can then pick up the lead and carry on.
They trust us to be good, calm, confident leaders.
Your lead has a loop at the end. This makes sure it doesn’t pull out of your hand.
Do not wrap the lead around your hand – you need to be able to drop it quickly if you are in danger.
Alpacas don’t like a tight lead or being dragged. You can encourage them forward using short ratchet movements: pull – release – pull – release. Give them time to work out new situations.
Most of the time you should keep the lead loose and you may hold it with just one hand at the end.
When you need more control, place your second hand on the lead, about 8 inches from the alpaca’s head.
If you are in danger of falling or being dragged, drop the lead. Watch out for the lead rope getting wrapped round your alpaca’s neck. If this happens, hold the end of the rope and manoeuvre yourself around the alpaca so you are back on the right side.
The walk can be steep in places with rough paths, loose stones and some mud. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Please wear sturdy shoes and be prepared to walk for about an hour.
This is a walk in rough terrain along a track to a viewpoint. We can tailor the walk to suit most people’s abilities.
It is not suitable for buggies, very young children or people with mobility difficulties .
Horses get spooked by strange things like alpacas. In the worst case they may bolt or rear causing harm to the rider.
Our policy is to move the alpacas well off the track into the woodland to let them pass.
Everyone is asked to keep a look out for dogs and alert the group. If we see people approach and they have a dog we ask them to put the dog on a lead. Position the alpacas well into the side of the path if the dog is loose. Most dogs act cautiously but can always turn aggressive despite owner’s proclamations to the contrary.
No dangers here, but we need to be respectful. For cyclists we step to the side of the track to allow them to pass easily. For pedestrians we look for signs that they are wary of the alpacas and again keep out of the way. If pedestrians show an interest we will stop to talk. This is a nice way to brighten up someone’s day and good manners.
Taking photos is part of the experience so feel free to snap away during the walk or at the viewpoint.
Please don’t detach the lead from your Alpaca. A handler will take the Alpaca from you and release it into the field.
Please wash your hands after your walk. Hand wash facilities are available on site in the Grey Barn, which will be pointed out to you.