Alpaca Walks 2024

 

Age Limits | Prices | How to Order | Summary of Dates | Gift Box | Afternoon Tea upgrade | Gift Vouchers | Testimonials | Facebook Reviews | Greetings Cards | Animal Activities Licence | Terms & Conditions

 

Please note we are not an open farm and alpaca walks are only available on set dates.

 

Yew Tree Alpacas offer a fabulous Alpaca walking experience in the East Hertfordshire countryside, a fantastic present or a treat for yourself. An unforgettable experience for that animal/alpaca mad friend or relative. 

 

In 2024 you have a choice of three types of walking experience

 

1 - The Alpaca Mini Walk 15-20 mins. Event duration 2 hrs

2 - The Alpaca Walk Experience Walk  30 mins. Event duration approx. 2.5 hrs

3 - The Extended Countryside Walk Walk  1 hour. Event duration approx 3.5 hrs

 

 

Please note: if you need assistance to walk at all you should book our Alpaca Adventure or Cria Capers- none of the walks are suitable if you cannot walk unaided with both hands on a lead rope. Please go to our alpaca adventure which is likely to suit you better.

 

 

Our walks offer so much more than just an alpaca walk.....

 

  • Initial short talk on alpacas and back ground to our herd
  • Short trip on luxury mini bus to walk location (excl alpaca mini)
  • Guidance and training on walking with an alpaca
  • An alpaca walk with one of our boys 
  • Feeding carrots and photo opportunities at the end of the walk
  • Mingling with the rest of the boys herd
  • Back to Yew Tree base to enjoy either lunch or Cream Tea & home made cakes (depending on the date you choose)
  • Alpacas grazing nearby (depends on month)
  • Opportunity to browse & buy at our Yew Tree alpaca shop 

 

A summary of the each walk is given below with a more detailed programme for each on the pdf further down the page.

 

The Alpaca Mini includes a 15 minute walk around our fields at Yew Tree, this is for the slower walker and is more an amble than a conventional alpaca walk. If the group needs to stop this will be possible. If you are little nervous, have no experience with animals or worried about the speed you walk you should book this option. Children 10-15 years can book 1-1 alpaca on this option only.

 

The Alpaca Walk Experience includes a 30 minute walk around picturesque fields and parkland at the alpacas home location. This is the easier of the two main walks but does require you to be able to walk confidently without assistance.

 

The Extended Countryside Walk includes a one hour walk with your alpaca in the open countryside with wonderful views across open countryside. This is more demanding than the walk experience and includes an uphill walk. You need to be confident you can walk at a regular walking pace and hold the lead rope if your alpaca pulls suddenly.

 

The detailed programme for the types of walk can be seen by clicking the relevant links below. All three walks have a one person-one alpaca option and sharing - two people sharing one alpaca.

 

Food and Refreshment

An important part of Yew Tree's walks are the home made lunch and teas afterwards. All the sandwiches are made at Yew Tree on the day and the cakes and scones for the cream tea are home made at Yew Tree. You can check out the details of each below. Each walk date will have either a lunch or cream tea and cakes afterwards. This is included in the dates diary below.

 

The cream tea walks do not include sandwiches but there is an option to book sandwiches as an addition to the cream tea and cakes. Note, this additional pre booked option and cannot be booked on the day of the walk. See below.

 

Our programme has 10 walk events per month, April – September - There is just one Alpaca Mini per month and the other 9 dates are a mix of the Walk Experience and Countryside walks. For each event date we give the type of walk and whether it has lunch or cream tea 

 

  

The Walk Experience and Countryside walks include a short 8-10 mins ride on a luxury mini coach to and from the walk location. It will not be possible to travel to the location separately.

The booking procedure below takes you through how book in stages. If you are not sure what to book or if you have further questions please call us or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or tel 01763 848257

 

 
 

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Age Limits

 

Note: the age limit for walking our alpacas is 10 years.

 

Children aged 10-15 years must walk with an adult on the Walk Experience and the Extended Countryside Walk (i.e. they must choose the sharing option). They can walk one to one on the Alpaca Mini.

 

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Prices

Alpaca Walk Experience
 
1 person walking 1 Alpaca (with lunch or cream tea and cakes) £45
2 people sharing 1 Alpaca (with lunch or cream tea and cakes) £80
   
Extended Countryside Walk
 
1 person walking 1 Alpaca (with lunch or cream tea and cakes) £55
2 people sharing 1 Alpaca (with lunch or cream tea and cakes) £95
   
Alpaca Mini
 
1 person walking 1 Alpaca (with cream tea and cakes) £35
2 people sharing 1 Alpaca (with cream tea and cakes) £65

The Alpaca Walk Experience
 

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How to Order

 

STEP 1



CHOOSE WALK TYPE

 

Choose the type of walk - either the alpaca walk experience or extended countryside walk or alpaca mini.

 

Please ensure you select the walk that is suitable for ALL the people in your group.

 

STEP 2



SELECT DATE

 

Select the date – click on the month you prefer to reveal all the dates for that month. You can then see all the dates for your preferred walk and the different food options with each. Click on the preferred date and you will be taken to the relevant booking page. 

STEP 3



SELECT QUANTITY

 

When on the booking page for your selected date  you decide whether you would like to share an alpaca or walk one alpaca one person – note: If there are 10-15 year olds in your group for the Walk Experience & Countryside walks they must share with an adult i.e. you must select the sharing option when you book. They can walk one to one on the Alpaca Mini.

 

 Please ensure you read our Terms & Conditions before you book. Click here for details.

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Summary of Dates (click on your preferred date to book)

 

 

MARCH

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Wed 27th March 2pm

Alpaca Mini

Cream Tea & Cakes

 

 

Sat 30th March 9.30am

Extended Countryside Walk

Lunch 

 

Sat 30th March 2pm

Alpaca Walk Experience

Cream Tea & Cakes 

 

APRIL

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Fri 5th April 12midday

Extended Countryside Walk

Cream Tea & Cakes

 

 

Sat 6th April 9.30am

The Alpaca Walk Experience

Lunch

 

Sat 6th April 2pm

Extended Countryside Walk

Cream Tea & Cakes

 

Fri 12th April 11am

Extended Countryside Walk

Lunch

 

 

Sat 13th April 9.30am

Extended Countryside Walk

Lunch

 

Sat 13th April 2pm

The Alpaca Walk Experience

Cream Tea & Cakes

 

Wed 17th April 2pm

Alpaca Mini

Cream Tea & Cakes

 
 

Fri 26th April 11am

The Alpaca Walk Experience

Lunch

 

 

Sat 27th April 9.30am

Extended Countryside Walk

Lunch

 

 

Sat 27th April 2pm

The Alpaca Walk Experience

Cream Tea & Cakes

 

 

MAY

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Fri 3rd May 12midday

The Alpaca Walk Experience

Cream Tea & Cakes 

 

 

Sat 4th May 9.30am

The Alpaca Walk Experience

Lunch

 

Sat 4th May 2pm

Extended Countryside Walk

Cream Tea & Cakes

 

Fri 10th May 11am

The Alpaca Walk Experience

Lunch 

 

Sat 11th May 9.30am

Extended Countryside Walk

Lunch

 

 

Sat 11th May 2pm

The Alpaca Walk Experience

Cream Tea & Cakes

 

 

Wed 22nd May 2pm

Alpaca Mini

Cream Tea & Cakes

 

 

Fri 24th May 11am

Extended Countryside Walk

Lunch

 

 

Sat 25th May 9.30am

The Alpaca Walk Experience

Lunch

 

 

Sat 25th May 2pm

Extended Countryside Walk

Cream Tea & Cakes

 

 

JUNE

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Fri 7th June 12midday

Extended Countryside Walk

Cream Tea & Cakes

 

 

Sat 8th June 9.30am

The Alpaca Walk Experience

Lunch

 

 

Sat 8th June 2pm

Extended Countryside Walk

Cream Tea & Cakes

 

 

Wed 12th June 2pm

Alpaca Mini

Cream Tea & Cakes

 
 

Fri 14th June 11am

Extended Countryside Walk

Lunch

 

 

Sat 15th June 9.30am

Extended Countryside Walk

Lunch

 

Sat 15th June 2pm

The Alpaca Walk Experience

Cream Tea & Cakes

 

Fri 28th June 11am

The Alpaca Walk Experience

Lunch

 

 

Sat 29th June 9.30am

Extended Countryside Walk

Lunch

 


Sat 29th June 2pm

The Alpaca Walk Experience

Cream Tea & Cakes

 

JULY

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Wed 10th July 2pm

Alpaca Mini

Cream Tea & Cakes

 

 

Fri 12th July 11am

The Alpaca Walk Experience

Lunch

 

 

Fri 12th July 2.30pm

Extended Countryside Walk

Cream Tea & Cakes 

 

 

Sat 13th July 9.30am

The Alpaca Walk Experience

Lunch

 

 

Fri 19th July 11am

The Alpaca Walk Experience

Lunch

 

 

Fri 19th July 2.30pm

Extended Countryside Walk

Cream Tea & Cakes

 

 

Fri 26th July 11am

The Alpaca Walk Experience

Lunch

 

 

Fri 26th July 2.30pm

Extended Countryside Walk

Cream Tea & Cakes

 

 

Sat 27th July 9.30am

Extended Countryside Walk

Lunch

 

 

Sat 27th July 2pm

The Alpaca Walk Experience

Cream Tea & Cakes

 

 

AUGUST

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Fri 9th August 12midday

Extended Countryside Walk

Cream Tea & Cakes

 

 

Sat 10th August 9.30am

The Alpaca Walk Experience

Lunch 

 

 

Sat 10th August 2pm

Extended Countryside Walk

Cream Tea & Cakes

 

Fri 16th August 11am

Extended Countryside Walk

Lunch 

 

 

Sat 17th August 9.30am

Extended Countryside Walk

Lunch 

 

 

Sat 17th August 2pm

The Alpaca Walk Experience

Cream Tea & Cakes

 

 

Wed 21st August 2pm

Alpaca Mini

Cream Tea & Cakes

 

 

Fri 23rd August 11am

The Alpaca Walk Experience

Lunch

 

 

Sat 24th August 9.30am

Extended Countryside Walk

Lunch

 

Sat 24th August 2pm

The Alpaca Walk Experience

Cream Tea & Cakes 

 

 

SEPTEMBER

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Friday 6th Sep 12midday

The Alpaca Walk Experience

Cream Tea & Cakes

 

 

Saturday 7th Sep 9.30am

The Alpaca Walk Experience

Lunch

 

 

Saturday 7th Sep 2pm

Extended Countryside Walk

Cream Tea & Cakes

 

 

Friday 13th Sep 11am

The Alpaca Walk Experience

Lunch

 

 

Saturday 14th Sep 9.30am

Extended Countryside Walk

Lunch 

 

 

Saturday 14th Sep 2pm

The Alpaca Walk Experience

Cream Tea & Cakes

 

 

Wednesday 18th Sep 2pm

Alpaca Mini

Cream Tea & Cakes

 

 

Friday 20th Sep 11am

Extended Countryside Walk

Lunch 

 

 

Saturday 21st Sep 9.30am

The Alpaca Walk Experience

Lunch

 

 

Saturday 21st Sep 2pm

Extended Countryside Walk

Cream Tea & Cakes

 

 
 

 

Alpaca Events for Non-walkers/Children under 10 yrs

 

If you are looking for an Alpaca event suitable for those who would prefer just to meet and feed the alpacas (and not walk) or children 6-9 yrs please visit our Alpaca Adventures or Cria Capers pages.

 

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Upgrade to Afternoon Tea on the cream tea & cake walks

 

You have the chance to upgrade the Countryside or Walk Experience walks which have Cream Tea and Homemade cakes with them.  You can add freshly made sandwiches to these walks. Each serving includes one round of sandwiches (4 sandwiches) with salad garnish and a bag of crisps. Crisps can be any brand.

 

The sandwiches will be on brown/granary bread and will be one of the following four fillings (you can request which filling of those below via email beforehand)
 

  • Cheddar Cheese & Chutney
  • Brie, redcurrant & rocket
  • Tuna mayo & spring onion
  • Ham salad
Sandwich
 



The cost is £4.50 per person

Orders for two or more people within one booking will have different fillings for each round of sandwiches.

Please note it is not possible to have sandwiches instead of the cream tea/cakes included in the cost of the walk. The above offer is in addition.

 

Add Sandwiches to your Basket here

 

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Gift Box

 

If you are buying the walk as a gift why not add the walking gift box, something a bit more special than just giving the order confirmation.

There are 2 options for the walking gift box…


Standard gift box cost £7
Alpaca walking colour leaflet, About Yew Tree colour leaflet, fleece sample, Christmas/greeting card & A5 flat packed gift box, gift rosette. Will arrive flat packed.


Premium gift box cost £10
The above with alpaca key ring, & alpaca facts info added plus details of your chosen walk. Please note this will arrive flat packed and does include postage for a box made up.

 

Add Gift Box to your Basket here

I would just like to say how pleased I am with the gift box, my granddaughter will love the experience.

Customer booked an alpaca walk and gift box. Based in Buntingford
 

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Testimonials & Facebook Reviews

 

Read our wonderful reviews on our Facebook page.

 

These lovely comments are from some of visitors .....

 

My wife and I had a fantastic afternoon and Scrunchie was wonderful. We will definitely be recommending you to all our friends.
Best of luck for the future
SS,Stevenage

 

 

Hi Penny & Steven, just a quick note to say thank you both for a truly enjoyable afternoon we both had with you both, all the alpacas and of course Isaacs. I have wanted a walk with them for years and it was well worth waiting for. We very much want to come again so keeping my fingers crossed.
Maggi, Hitchin

 

 

I just wanted to say a big thank you for this morning, my son had a brilliant time, we all enjoyed it. Your alpacas are lovely animals all with their own characters! I can see why you keep them. I'm sure we will be back at some point.
Lisa, Welwyn

 

What an absolutely brilliant experience. We both enjoyed it very much and hope to return to do another walk with you soon.

Katie

 

 

 

 

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Gift Vouchers for Alpaca Walking

 

We no longer do gift vouchers specifically for Alpaca Walks. Instead we have a range of general gift vouchers which can be bought in values of  £5, £10, £15, £25, £50, £75 & £100, which can be used against our activities, including walks, or in our online shop. 

 

Simply work out the value of walk you wish to buy for and order the appropriate value in our gift vouchers. You can either receive your voucher online or opt for a gift box which includes a hard copy voucher. In the gift box you will receive the A6 card voucher in an envelope (similar to that pictured below), an alpaca walking greeting card in cello for you to complete, plus a colour A5 leaflet on Alpaca walking and colour A5 leaflet on Yew Tree Alpacas.

 

Buy Alpaca Gift Vouchers

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Animal Activities Licence

 

Yew Tree Alpacas have been licenced by the East Hertfordshire District Council to operate an alpaca walking business based at Anstey in East Hertfordshire. We hold animal activities licence 19/0915/AA which is valid for 3 years.

Our first licence was issued from March 2019 – March 2022. We were reassessed in June 2022 and the renewed licence is valid until March 2025.

 

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Terms & Conditions

 

Please note the following terms & conditions regarding Yew Tree Alpacas, Alpaca Walking

 

  • We can take a maximum of 10 alpacas on the walk experience, 9 alpacas on the extended walk, 8 alpacas on the Alpaca mini.  If the bookings are 4 or fewer, 2 weeks before the date, then we reserve the right to offer an alternative date or your money back.
  • During all walks we have two Yew Tree personnel on foot. One at the front and and one at the back of the alpacas for extra safety and security.
  • Children are welcome 10 -15 years. On the Walk Experience and Countryside walks they must share an alpaca with an adult, the accompanying adult must be 18 years or above. Note on the Alpaca Mini it is possible to book one alpaca for one child 10-15yrs
  • Note if your booking is just 1 adult, 1 alpaca we assume you will be attending alone. If it is only you who wants to do the walk and your partner is just coming to accompany then you book the shared option and you do all the walking with our alpaca.
  • If you come with someone who has not booked, they should either drop you off and return later or wait in the car. There is no waiting area on site for those who have not booked.
  • The walk experience and Countryside walks involve a short trip mini bus trip to and from the walk location.  The arrival and latter part of the event are at Yew Tree Alpacas base in Anstey. It is not possible to travel direct to the walk location or go in your car behind the minibus.
  • There is no discount on the two person price if a 10-15yr old child is one of the pair
  • All stated prices include both the alpaca part of the event and either lunch or cream tea. There is no extra to pay for the food and refreshment part. Conversely you don't receive a discount if you do not want the food and refreshment section.
  • You will receive automatic confirmation by email at the time of booking. Approx 5 days before the event you will receive the detailed programme and pre walk information.  
  • Date changes cost £10 per booking up to 14 days before the date of your walk. If you wish to change the date then please contact us and we will provide you with a code so you can rebook online. This code will be for your original purchase price minus our £10 admin fee.
  • It is not feasible to change to another date within 14 days of your walk.
  • Cancellation 14 or more days prior to the event 50% refund. Within 14 days no refund.
  • If some or all of your group do not attend on the day there are no refunds.
  • Please note the duration of the two alpaca walks published. If you are a slow walker, unsteady on your feet or have an injury which impacts on your walking ability, then the walk experience and Countryside walks are NOT suitable. The alpaca mini may be possible but you should email us to check otherwise book the alpaca adventure. You must be able to use both hands to hold the lead rope when walking your alpaca, if you cannot do this then the alpaca walks are not suitable for you. 
  • Alpacas can be scared or surprised by sudden sounds/movement this means that it is possible your alpaca may suddenly pull or shy during the walk. This is not common/usual but it is possible. You must be confident that you have the strength to hold the alpaca if he suddenly pulls forward during the walk.
  • It is very important you consider carefully which walk is most appropriate for you/your group. If you are not sure and you have not walked with Yew Tree alpacas before then book either the mini or the Walk experience, you can always book the Countryside walk at another time if you enjoy your visit.

 

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