I’ve been wanting to do the alpaca trek at Holly Hagg Community Farm ever since I saw it advertised on facebook a few months ago. My sister and best friend from primary school popped up for a weekend in Sheffield at the beginning of the month, which was the perfect opportunity to get my act together and get my alpaca on!
After getting a little (a lot) lost, we finally arrived at Holly Hagg farm in the Rivelyn Valley. I was expecting an actual farm, with farm buildings, but this was essentially just a few fields so easy to miss! As alpacas are hardy little creatures they don’t actually need stables like other animals; being used to the mountains of South America, a hill in Yorkshire is really no BD!
There were 7 alpacas in the herd, all of which are boys. The leaders of the pack were Trelawney and Forest – who lives at the farm next door. The gorgeous Griffin, Gordon and Sanday are a little less assertive, and the babies of the pack are Santiago and Theodore.
I was paired up with the little rascal Santiago:
You definitely need to be dressed appropriately for this – the alpacas aren’t afraid to get messy, the terrain is a little challenging and the weather was not on our side! This didn’t affect us at all though; I am so outdoorsy and it was right up my street! It did rain a little halfway through the trek but we were mostly under the cover of trees so the weather didn’t bother us one bit.
We went for a lovely hour-long trek along the bridleways of the Rivelyn Valley, stopping regularly for feed and photo breaks!
Alpacas can be a little nervous around humans, but they were all so friendly and affectionate on the trek! When you pet them you can really feel just how soft and luxurious their coats are. I absolutely loved it, and we will definitely be going again! You can find out more, and book, here.