Last year, the girls and I went away to the Lake District for a long weekend. The last time, we went kayaking on Lake Windermere but this time, we wanted to do something different. I had seen a few bloggers on Instagram visiting Alpaca farms and taking them for a walk and I thought this was amazing!
It was just my luck that there was a place that allowed you to do this in the Lake District! I couldn’t wait to tell the girls. We just HAD to do it.
Alpacaly Ever After is based on the Lingholm Estate in Keswick. It’s a beautiful drive and there’s a lovely cafe on the estate where you can treat yourself to a coffee and cake before meeting the alpacas! Our guide was called Shelley and she was so friendly and sent me a text earlier in the day telling us where to meet her. She took us down to the alpacas and I was fascinated that she knew every single one of them by name! A lot of them looked very similar but she recognised each and every one by their quirky attributes.
She chose four to bring out for a walk and we got to choose which one we wanted. They were all adorable! Shelley also told us that alpacas must be in at least a pair at all time because if they’re on their own, they can pass away from a broken heart. *Cue tears*
The estate is located on Derwentwater so it’s a lovely little stroll in a stunning location! Such a good day out for a family! As you walk around, the guide will tell you about the estate. We learnt that Beatrix Potter used to spend many a summer there, I imagine she got a lot of inspiration from the beautiful landscapes! The walk lasts around an hour and 15 minutes, with a short stop at the lake to let your alpaca have a paddle and drink and another stop towards the end where you get to hand-feed them!
Alpacaly Ever After have definitely expanded in 12 months because they offer a range of activities now across different locations. Read about them here: https://alpacalyeverafter.co.uk/our-activities/.
The alpacas on the Lingholm Estate are all adorable and they all have their own little back story. The family just keeps growing and as spring approaches, it’s the perfect time to visit and walk them!
But for now, please enjoy these photos I took while we were on the walk….