Alpaca walking and Alpaca experiences are a new and exciting activity in the great outdoors that’s fast becoming increasingly popular.
If you love animals and appreciate the unspoilt beauty of the Staffordshire Peak District countryside, then this activity is definitely for you!
Our local Alpaca Experiences in Staffordshire involve being paired up with a friendly and fluffy alpaca friend and taking them for a walk around our stunning meadows and fields amid the beautiful Peak District hills. This relaxing and fun activity is perfect for adults and children alike.
Want to find out more about Alpacas… Read on!
Alpacas are gentle and beautifully serene animals. They are social creatures that enjoy being around other alpacas and communicate with soft humming sounds. They have a calm manner, yet they often seem torn between curiosity and shyness, but here at Oak Moor Farm, we know that curiosity usually wins the inner struggle!
There are two different types of Alpacas: Huacaya and Suri, and both breeds are known for their thick and luscious woollen fleece of fur. The difference between the breeds is that the Huacaya has a full puffy fleece with a lot of crimp or crinkle, while Suri alpacas have sleek, lustrous fibre that hangs down in dreadlocks. Revered for their luxurious natural fibres, both breeds of alpacas coats have become highly desired for producing yarn for high-end textiles and clothing through seasonal sheering.
Alpacas originate from live in herds on small farms in the South American Andes Mountains regions, including Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina.
Alpaca fur is a revered choice for artisans and crafters. This delicate material does not absorb moisture and is exceptionally sturdy; it comes in second only to mohair when comparing animal fibres of a similar strength!
The Alpaca fleece boasts a rich array of 22 hues ranging from jet-black to silvery white and an unusual pinkish lilac tint, with mahogany brown prevailing as the most common colour. Whilst trying to create specific shade variants, breeders have come up against an insurmountable challenge: they have yet to be able to produce grey alpaca offspring successfully!
Oak Moor Farm in the Peak District National Park