When you come for an alpaca walk here at Spring Farm Alpacas, you will be within the High Weald AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). Spring Farm is just minutes walk from the picturesque village of Fletching in East Sussex. The village got its name from the soldiers who “fletched” their arrows here on the eve of The Battle of Lewes in 1264 and our village church (St Andrew and St Mary the Virgin) dates back to Norman times.
After your alpaca walk, you might consider a further short walk (or drive!) to one of our village’s pubs – the renowned Griffin Inn or the Rose – which can be reached from a public footpath leading from our farm entrance directly to the village which is less than a mile away. This is a lovely walk but you might want to remember the wellies if its Winter time as its across a number of small fields. Within that same distance we are very fortunate to also have Trading Boundaries. Trading Boundaries is at various times an antique Indian furniture warehouse, an outstanding music venue and bistro/restaurant with a children’s play area and courtyard of boutique shops!
The Flying Scotsman at The Bluebell Railway!
Within easy driving distance of Spring Farm are a number of stunning attractions, including:
- Sheffield Park Gardens
- The Bluebell Railway
- Bluebell Vineyard Estates
- Wakehurst Place
- The South of England Showground
- The Ashdown Forest – Winnie the Pooh country!
- The South Downs Way
- The South Downs National Park
- Brighton and the coast
- Hickstead Showground
We can suggest a host of places to visit or to eat close by either before your alpaca walk, or after. A selection would be:
It’s in Fletching village about a mile from us. Does good gastro pub food, great atmosphere and has both restaurant and bar. Food is served 12 till 2.30pm weekdays, 12 till 3pm on Saturdays and 12 till 3.30pm on Sundays. Great beer garden – The Sussex Serengeti! There is parking opposite the Griffin if the pub car park is full (it normally is). The Griffin is The Good Pub Guide 2019 “County dining pub of the year”.
Fletching Village Stores
In the village of Fletching. Does great coffee and cakes (and deli).
They are open from 8:30am till 4pm Monday to Thursday; 8:30am to 5pm Friday and Saturday; 9am till 1pm Sunday
12th Century pub also in Fletching Village. The Rose has recently reopened after refurbishment. The restaurant is open from 12 till 3pm Thursday to Saturday, 12 till 4pm Sunday.
It’s a short mile from us in the opposite direction to Fletching Village. It’s a bistro/Indian furniture warehouse/ music venue/ art gallery. Good food and good value – but can get quite busy, especially at Bank Holidays and weekends. They are open 10am till 5pm (last orders 3:45pm on Sundays).
About 3 miles from us, the Coach is another gastro pub with good food. Food is served 12 till 2pm on Monday to Friday; 12 till 2:30pm Saturday’s and 12 till 3pm on Sundays.
About 4 miles from us. We don’t get a chance to get out much for Sunday lunch (something to do with walking alpacas) but the one time we went here recently for Sunday lunch, the carvery was really good and good value too. They are open from midday till 8pm Sundays, midday till 9pm other days.
Others you might try are:
In the middle of the Ashdown Forest very pretty but slightly further away.
The Bluebell Railway taken from our water meadow at hay making time.