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The Ingram Valley Farm Safari

  • Location Alnwick
  • Price from £50.00

Highlights

On Safari at Ingram Valley Farm

The Ingram Valley Farm Safari won the Bronze Award for the Experience of the Year 2022 in the North East England Tourism Awards on 24th March. We are now an Award winning National Park Experience. Thank you to all our past guests and we look forward to welcoming new guests to this unique Experience in Northumberland National Park in the weeks and months ahead.

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.

From 9th April 2022, the Safari is out and about in the Ingram Valley for 3-hours and we include a picnic from the Ingram Cafe. If the weather is good, we have our picnic at 1,100 feet above sea level, if necessary, we come off the hill and enjoy the picnic beside the River Breamish. We can meet most dietary needs, just get in touch to let us know and we will make the arrangments. 

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.

An audio description of the Ingram Valley in three languages
We have provided an audio tour about the history of the Ingram Valley in English, French and German. To hear the audio files, please click on this link and choose which language you would like to listen to. 

The Ingram Valley Farm Safari is one of just 83 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.

Family tickets
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.

Gift Vouchers
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.

Midsummer Sunset Safaris
New for 2022 and with limited availability, join our unique Sunset Ingram Valley Farm Safari in Northumberland National Park. We'll take you out on Safari, late in the day, on an off-road adventure to 1,100 feet (335-metres) above sea level, the summit of Cochrane Pike. This great hill has some amazing 360 degree views and from there, we'll watch the mid-summer sun set over The Cheviot Hills. The sun sets at 10.00pm on 21 June, the Summer Solstice, followed by a long period of dusk and as the night sky begins to wrap itself around us, we'll pause to watch the stars appear and then make our way back down from the summit to complete the Experience. We plan to run this Experience for just one week, so book now to avoid disappointment. You can buy something special to celebrate the moment, so you could toast the sunset with some fizz, or simply stand and stare and enjoy the moment. 

Can't find the date you are looking for?
We can add more dates if needed, so if there isn't a Safari on the day you want, please get in touch and we'll do our best to ensure you get to go on Safari on the day you want.

Single tickets
At present, we cannot operate the Safari for just one guest. If you would like to book just a single ticket and we have space in the Traxter on a Safari that has  for example 2/3/4 bookings, then please get in touch and we can make the booking online available for you. 

Special Occasions
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.

Covid management
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.

Reviews
"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.

Inclusions

Not-provided Accommodation

See The Stars Bunkhouse coming soon in 2022!

    What's included

  • Transportation A Can-Am Traxter off road safari vehicle
  • Food Picnic from the Ingram Cafe (not available from 15 October 2021 to April 15 2022). The Cafe will be open during this period.
  • Drink Please bring a bottle of water with you. Ingram Valley Farm and Footsteps in Northumberland discourage the use of single use plastic bottles.

    What you'll need

  • Warm Clothing Please dress for the weather, on cooler days please bring a coat, a woolly hat and some gloves. On warm and sunny days, a sun hat is useful, but please do bring a fleece jacket or similar
  • Waterproofs A waterproof and warm coat is always worth having with you. A small rucksack or bag to put your stuff into is useful on the day.
  • Other Wellington boots, walking boots/shoes are ideal but not essential. A camera to capture the memories and if you have binoculars, bring them, but they are not essential

Cancellations

  • Custom Policy

Location

Alnwick