West Wight Alpacas is a fabulous tourist attraction in Wellow – a small village in the beautiful West Wight area of the Isle of Wight. We, at Sentry Mead, are just a 15 minute drive from the farm which, in our opinion, is a must-see for any guests visiting the area. http://www.westwightalpacas.co.uk/
West Wight Alpacas were first set up in 2010 and have worked hard to create the farm environment you can see today. They have around 60 alpacas, 13 llamas and many other animals as well. It’s only a small charge to get into the farm, but for a little more you can go trekking with your very own Alpaca! They have a great café too – which you can get to without paying the entry fee – and it is an excellent lunchtime destination with their own wood-fired pizza oven.
I was completely taken with the alpacas! They are just the most adorable creatures. Part of the camelid family, they come from South America and are closely related to llamas – and are often confused with them. Llamas are larger and heavier and their ears are banana shaped, whereas those of an alpaca are small and erect. Both of these species are social animals and fare best in herds or small groups. However, llamas love being petted while alpacas are not so keen! They can spit, like camels, although this is usually reserved for other alpacas!
Alpacas are generally bred for their fleeces and that is one direction that West Wight Alpacas are concentrating –breeding the Suri Alpaca. They often go to shows as well, and have been doing very well.
But it’s not just alpacas and llamas on the farm – they have a multitude of other adorable animals to visit including pigs, sheep, donkeys, rabbits, goats and chickens.
I think this is a fantastic attraction right here in West Wight and perfect for our guests staying at Sentry Mead. It should be high on the list of things to do when visiting the Isle of Wight, so don’t forget to check out our room availability if you’re thinking of having a holiday on this beautiful Island. http://www.sentrymead.co.uk/our-rooms