We had a great visit to the West Wight Alpacas last week, having booked in advance to ensure a place on the 40 minute walking experience with an expert guide. We arrived early and enjoyed sitting in the friendly cafe with a hot drink, looking at the interesting alpaca related products available to buy. I especially liked looking at the knitting patterns you could purchase along with the wool, in order to knit your own scarf, hat or jumper! Our guide, Nicole, met us outside the cafe and we walked along to the enclosure where our four legged friends were lazily sat waiting for us. Nicole was an excellent guide, passionate about her job working with alpacas and this came across throughout the tour. At the end we went back to feed the mothers and babies in a nearby field with a tub of carrots, this was great fun and lovely to get so close to such inquisitive and friendly, furry animals. Our walk was great fun, each alpaca had a lovely character and didn't mind being carefully stroked on the neck (but not the head!) It was a blustery afternoon and this certainly slowed our little team of walkers down somewhat but the sunshine helped along with Nicole's gentle encouragement to keep the alpaca's on the right track. It was a super experience which we would thoroughly reccommend to both visitors to the island and locals looking for an interesting birthday present for someone who likes animals. Its great to see a small business thriving and taking the intiative to start something new which clearly people enjoy experiencing. Look out for the cute chickens, rather fat goats, and runner ducks near the cafe as they are also worth a photo or two! Thanks to Nicole and her team for making the experience so memorable for us whilst on holiday on the Isle of WIght. We shall certainly be showing our friends and family the photos.
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