On Safari at Ingram Valley Farm
The Ingram Valley Farm Safari is shortlisted for the Experience of the Year Award 2022 in the North East England Tourism Awards.
Discover a world of history and adventure on our Ingram Valley Farm Safari – a National Park Experience like no other in the heart of Northumberland National Park. Your immersion into the past 12,000 years starts right here, where the glaciers of the last Ice Age melted away to reveal a beautiful tundra landscape, where deer and wild cattle once roamed and ruled this land. Prehistoric people lived in the Valley thousands of years ago and left their mark, in the form of Iron Age hillforts and Bronze Age terraces. At Wether Hill, 1,000 feet (303 metres) above sea level, you can still see circles on the ground where they built their homes. Will what we leave behind still be visible in 5,000 years?
On this exclusive and unique experience, you will sit back in comfort and discover why Ingram Farm and Ingram Valley is so special. On our safari, you really will travel back through time on this epic journey; you will be exploring this remarkable place in the company of an expert guide and with the family who have farmed here for over 70-years. In recent times, red deer have been re-introduced to the farm and cattle once again graze the hilltops. Immerse yourself into 6,000 years of farming history as we take you chapter by chapter through myth, legend and the history of England's largest Scheduled Ancient Monument, Ingram Valley Farm.
On your Safari today
Please meet your safari tour guides and transport at the Ingram Bridge car park. The journey starts here with Patrick from Footsteps in Northumberland and a member of the Wilson family; the Wilsons have been farming here since 1949. Your transport for the Experience is the Can-Am Traxter; it holds 6-people including the driver and it is the perfect vehicle for this experience. It is capable, comfortable, safe and lots of fun, with a storage box on the back for your picnic and your stuff. We’ll soon be heading off on safari to discover and celebrate what has shaped this part of the world for millennia and learn about how the deer, sheep and cattle play a key role in conserving and managing this special place today.
We will sit on a hilltop with terrific 360 degree views, some silence perhaps and the opportunity to relax for a moment, to ask questions and take those all-important photographs. We will round off the Safari Experience at the popular Ingram Café, which has wheelchair access, toilets and some great local food of course. Within Ingram Café, you can spend some time looking at the beautiful National Park Exhibition and relive the spellbinding journey through time that you have just enjoyed in your quest to discover even more about this fascinating part of Northumberland.
Autumn and Winter Safaris
These will start on 21st October 2021 and be available until 8th April 2022. On our shorter 2-hours Autumn and Winter Safari, you will still get to some amazing places, meet all the farm animals in the great outdoors and enjoy some spectacular views of the Cheviot Hills, the prehistoric archaeology and the more intimate landscapes found at Ingram Valley Farm. We don’t want you to be hanging around on a cold hillside though, so, on completion, we’ll get you back to the delightful Ingram Café for a hot drink and some wonderful cake; it’s the perfect place to finish your Safari. In the Café building is housed a fascinating collection of artefacts, all of which have been collected over the years from sites around Ingram Valley Farm by the National Park archaeologists. There is a short video as well, providing more details about the unique landscape you have visited. The Safari will last for 2-hours, please note, it does not include a picnic and you will need layers of warm and waterproof clothing as well as your woolly hat and a pair of gloves. The ticket price is £50.00 for adults and young people/children under the age of sixteen. Please choose the Autumn/Winter Safari ticket, then select your date and book and pay at the checkout. Thank you for choosing the Ingram Valley Farm Autumn/Winter Safari, a unique National Park Experience.
The Ingram Valley Farm Safari is one of just seventy curated National Park Experiences in England. This unique collection has been brought together to celebrate England's National Parks, so you are part of something very special when you join this Experience in Northumberland National Park.
You can buy a family ticket for your Safari and you can book for one or two adults and up to four children on the Safari. The maximum group size is 5-people and we can take younger children under the age of 7-years, but please contact us beforehand so that we can ensure we have the right facilities and arrangements in place for them.
You can purchase a gift voucher for your friends and family by clicking on the gift voucher link. This is an automated process, you can select the amount and the voucher will be sent by email to the person you choose.
The Ingram Valley Farm Safari is the perfect way to celebrate a birthday, an anniversary or that special day in your life. Please get in touch to find out how we can help you get everything you want from this unique National Park Experience. You can purchase a bottle of Prosecco when you book your Safari, so you can celebrate your special occasion and make your own memories on your Ingram Valley Farm Safari.
The Traxter, the vehicle that takes you on the Safari is cleaned and disinfected before every outing. It has a well ventilated and open cab ensuring plenty of fresh air is allowed to blow through and we provide hand sanitiser as well. If you have any questions about Covid, then please get in touch with the Safari team and we will do our very best to provide the assurance you are looking for.
"Our family of 4 with a 7+10year old had a great time on the experience. The team were prepared to wrap us up warm on the windy day. The Traxter was great fun for the kids with some awesome views of the Northumberland National Park. Patrick really made the experience with great information about the history and landscapes. The red deer were beautiful as was the huge bull! An awesome way to see the Northumberland National Park for all the family. Thanks again".
"We booked the safari as a treat for ourselves, celebrating a special occasion. Patrick and Rebecca made our whole tour the highlight of our holiday. We didn't expect a safari in Northumberland to be as exciting. We had fabulous views, beautiful wild flowers, birds and animals a plenty and a wonderful picnic lunch at 1,000ft. It was lovely getting so close to the deer too. Highly recommended".
"What a wonderful experience this was. Both my mother, 93 years old, and I sooo enjoyed this afternoon in every way. We received such a warm welcome from Rebecca and Ross who are putting their all into regenerating and protecting this beautiful valley and their glorious surrounding hills. The special 4x4 Safari buggie was comfortable and felt so safe as we were driven up through the grassy, wild flower and bracken slopes. At a thousand feet above sea level we enjoyed endless all round magnificent views. Patrick gave us such helpful information about all the historic Roman sites we visited there and he made the close up encounters with all the fabulous animals really special. Patrick's cheerful and caring disposition made the day! Our picnic was yummy. It was all value for money and we highly recommend this safari tour".
Despite the rain!! We started the day at the car park and immediately spotted a splendid red squirrel. . We were on the first Wet Safari but we were prepared for the weather and can honestly say it didn’t spoil it at all . Patrick was an excellent host with great knowledge about Northumberland and the farm which is obviously managed with extremely high standards in a sympathetic and sustainable way .Patrick showed us Bronze & Iron age settlements still in evidence after thousands of years . The picnic was delicious and being able to get close to the animals especially the Red Deer and the Splendid Stags was amazing. I booked the Safari as a Birthday treat for my Husband Alex and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. I would highly recommend this unique experience in a very beautiful and special place Northumberland.