Why not come and walk with our lovely alpacas.
SORRY – TEMPORARILY CLOSED DUE TO COVID 19 RESTRICTIONS
PLEASE SEE OUR WALKING BLOG FOR UPDATES
Walking with alpacas is great fun and we hope to make it both enjoyable and informative. All of our alpacas are halter trained and whilst here at Spring Farm you will get to meet some of them. All alpacas have their own personalities and come in an amazing 22 different colours (or perhaps more accurately – shades). We will introduce you to our walking team and to other groups of alpacas (and llamas) whilst you are here – including our mums and babies group (23 babies in 2019). For 2020, we are expecting 22 baby alpacas and 1 baby llama. Baby alpacas and llamas are called cria and the birthing period is mid May to the beginning of August.
We will also tell you all about alpacas, where they came from, and their daily routines. As we are a farm in Higher Level Stewardship, we also pride ourselves on our farm’s biodiversity and will endeavour to make your walk with our alpacas a veritable “safari” and hopefully you will get to spot some of our other resident British wildlife. Even if not, we can tell you some of the sights you might see “next time” and lastly some of the history of the High Weald and its AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). We also take photos of the group walk which we send to you as a momento of your time with us (no charge) via the email address you gave us at the time of booking.
CORONAVIRUS – CURRENT SITUATION
Here at Spring Farm Alpacas we have to think of the safety of our guests and staff. We have taken the difficult decision to cancel all alpaca walking for the rest of March and all of April 2020. We have to think safety first. We have noted advice from the Government and the British Alpaca Society in relation to the coronavirus outbreak. The latest government advice is that “people should avoid non-essential travel” and “avoid gatherings”.
We will be constantly monitoring the situation with regards to future walks. Those that have booked walks during the rest of March and April will receive a voucher so they can rebook when “things get back to normal” subject to availability. Recipients will be pleased to hear that we don’t date our vouchers so as long as we are here – they are valid.
You may be concerned about the welfare of our walking alpacas but you can rest assured that we will continue to look after them all with the usual care and attention. We aim to use this time (without being able to offer walks) to good end. We will be halter training the 2019 born crias so the walking team may well see new entrants!
BOOK YOUR VISIT NOW
(Please read Terms and Conditions below before booking)
£30 to walk an alpaca (including VAT).
£15 per accompanying person not walking an alpaca (including VAT).
Please note: IF YOU BOOK TO WALK ALPACAS AND YOU WISH TO BOOK FRIENDS TO ACCOMPANY – THE NUMBER ACCOMPANYING CANNOT EXCEED THE NUMBER WALKING ALPACAS.
If you have a voucher then this can be used at checkout – please bring with you on the day. Every voucher (or eVoucher) has a unique number which you should use as payment at checkout.
The minimum number of walking alpacas on any day must be two as they are herd animals. If you are booking a single walk and no others book for the same time slot we may contact you to re-arrange the date.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BUY VOUCHERS TO SEND TO SOMEONE OR REDEEM AT A LATER DATE THEN PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK BUY VOUCHERS
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TERMS AND CONDITIONS (Please read before booking)
- All walks must be pre-booked and are available every day of the week and all year round (subject to availability but excluding Christmas Day and Boxing Day).
- Children must be over 12 years old to walk an alpaca on their own, although children aged 8 to 12 may accompany the walk providing that each child is accompanied by an adult. PLEASE NOTE this is to comply with our insurance and can’t be varied.
- It is important at the time of booking that we know if any of those walking have any health limitations or health issues that we should be aware of. Walking alpacas may not be suitable for all – as it involves walking across undulating fields and you need to use both hands to be in control of the alpaca at all times. It isn’t a suitable activity for anyone who walks very slowly or needs a walking aid. If you need to discuss this, please email us prior to booking.
- We are often asked if you can walk an alpaca whilst pregnant. We are not medical practitioners and strongly suggest you contact a health professional for advice.
- Walking an alpaca allows you to walk YOUR VERY OWN ALPACA for the entirety of the walk.
- Accompanying a walker entitles you to walk alongside an alpaca walker but not to walk an alpaca yourself. We do not allow sharing.
- We often take a llama (or two) on the walk as well as the alpacas. If you would like to walk a llama please let us know.
- Alpacas are herd animals so a minimum of 2 alpacas must be booked for each walk. We normally cater for up to 10 walking alpacas on any given walk.
- It is possible to accommodate single walkers but only in conjunction with another group so as to always have a minimum of 2 alpacas walking.
- Walks start from the farm yard at midday promptly. We ask that you arrive ten minutes beforehand so we can be good to go at midday. If you arrive earlier than 11:50am, we would suggest visiting Trading Boundaries at the end of our road for coffee/tea as we are working right up to 11:50am most days!
- Sadly, guests arriving after midday cannot join the walk and their booking is therefore cancelled so as not to inconvenience the other guests walking that day. If you think you might be late please make sure you speak to us by phone (house or mobile) in advance of midday and we will do our best to defer the start of the walk for a short while.
- We need at least 48 hours notice if you cancel a walk as it is unlikely we can fill the places on that walk. If we have less than 48 hours or a “no show”, unfortunately your booking is forfeit.
- We are not an “open farm” and can only offer alpaca walks by prior arrangement.
- If you would like us to recommend local places to meet for a coffee/drinks or lunch beforehand/afterwards – please see Local eateries and attractions
- Our farm is on clay so sensible footwear is a must (wellies in the Winter, walking boots or trainers in summer) and we strongly recommend long trousers.
- Clothing should be appropriate for the conditions but please avoid really bright colours or anything that might flap (we will ask you to tuck it in if it does).
- We have stringent bio-security so we will ask you to dip your footwear on arrival.
- Our alpacas and llamas are not used to dogs so we have a strict no dog policy on the farm or walk.
- Alpacas are like us and won’t be happy to walk in bad weather. If the weather forecast looks bad, we will endeavour to let you know the evening before (via email/text or call – or feel free to contact us) that there is a risk of cancellation. We will make a final decision on the morning of the day in question and again contact you via email/text or call. If we do cancel a walk, we will issue you with an eVoucher for the same value as your booked walk so you can rebook at your leisure (there is no expiry date to the eVoucher) subject to availability.
- We can cater for educational visits, hen parties or special events – please contact us for details.
- Vouchers (and eVouchers) are available (and gift cards) – please contact us for details.
- We offer a fabulous one bedroom holiday let if you wanted to extend your stay or just chill out/ help out on a working alpaca farm – just bear in mind its for a minimum of a week!
GETTING TO SPRINGFARM
Spring Farm is conveniently situated in mid Sussex but convenient for Surrey, Kent and the South East of England. We are a short taxi drive (15 minutes) away from our local station at Haywards Heath. There is a large taxi rank at the station which is normally full unless there are problems with the trains. If you want to book a taxi, we tend to use Station Taxis on 01444 410410.
Haywards Heath station is approximately 45 minutes from London Victoria/London Bridge making a walk with alpacas an easy option for a day out from London or even Gatwick airport (30 minutes away by car)! There is lots more to do within easy reach of us and we are happy to recommend local pubs, eateries and attractions – so why not make visiting us part of an amazing day or weekend. You might even consider staying at our holiday let: “The Lodge”. Just bear in mind it must be booked for a minimum of a week!
If you are travelling here to walk with alpacas by car, and you are using Sat-Nav (postcode TN22 3SA), then you may be directed to Archer’s Cottage/Moyses Farm. Don’t despair, we are slightly off the beaten track! You are on the right road and if you are passing the above farms on the left, keep going and you will find us on your left in about 800 yards. Look out for the following sign and gate. The gate is always kept shut because of alpaca movements – please open and drive/walk in:
If you need to contact us directly or have any queries please get in touch.
Contacts: Vicki or Chris Agar
Telephone: 01825 790885 or 07776 181811/12
Witches Lane (North Hall Lane)
Please note: Google maps has us on Witches Lane but the postal address is North Hall Lane