The Alpaca Centre :


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Photo by Tony Richards.

Close to Lake Ullswater, the Alpaca Centre, set in rolling countryside, is a beautiful place to see alpacas and a chance to discover so much more… The Alpaca Centre is the only one of its type in Europe and has been developed to expand knowledge of the Alpaca, its products and its viability as a farm animal for fibre production. The centre is run by Joy and Garry Stevenson in association with Pat Bentley, who has been rearing and farming alpacas at nearby Syke House for over 15 years.

Photo by Tony Richards.

The alpaca, a cousin of the llama, originated principally from the plains of North America. The animals are bred for their soft, hard wearing fibre which is second only to silk for its strength.
Visitors can view the alpacas from the edge of their paddock or from the tea room, whilst also enjoying tea or coffee and a slice of home made cake. In the shop and gallery, there is a wide variety of alpaca goods and clothing, paintings, sculptures and wood turnings of exceptional quality on display and for sale. Admission to the centre is free, and it is open every day except December 25, 26 and 27.

Alpacas at Penrith


Aerial photo by Simon Ledingham

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Snuff Mill Lane, Stainton, Penrith, CA11 0HA Tel: 01768 891440