Walking with WolvesHave you ever wanted to see a wolf close up? Have you wondered what it's like to walk amongst them? You can find out by coming on one of our regular wolf walks, which are available to members of the UKWCT. The walks are held most weekends and take place over the fields around the site of the Trust. The walks take roughly an hour and a half, but this can vary as the wolves set the pace!
After a short safety briefing, you'll be introduced to the wolves and handlers for the walk. The wolves then set off across the fields, allowing you to get an excellent view of them as they sniff, scent and scratch. There are also plenty of opportunities to take photos, with the route specially chosen to provide several especially photogenic areas.
You'll see the wolves interacting with their environment, whether it's investigating a scent trail, rolling in something pungent or taking a dip in our stream. You'll also be able to view the other wildlife on site; if you're lucky you'll see a hare or see a majestic red kite soaring overhead. You may also get to experience the haunting sound of a wolf's howl, as the wolves will often call to the other packs back in their enclosures.
Throughout the walk volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions you may have, or you may prefer to wait until the "stump talk" which is roughly halfway through the walk. While the wolves take a short break, you'll learn about the history of the Trust, information about wolves in general and their current conservation status and details of the projects supported by the UKWCT.
On some occasions it may be possible to meet our wolves up close on a walk, in the form of a supervised 'meet and greet'. Note that this depends on the wolves and their behaviour on the day, so it's not something which will happen on every walk.
At the end of the walk hot or cold drinks are served in our observation room and there's a chance to further support us by purchasing gifts in our shop. A tour of the centre follows, allowing you to see the other packs and compare the different types of wolf we have on our site.
The final enclosure has an elevated viewing platform and this affords an excellent view across the area, with a bird's-eye view of the large pond contained within the enclosure. It's an ideal photo opportunity.
To come on a walk, you'll need to become a walking member. This costs £125 per year and allows you and a friend to walk with the wolves, once during your membership year. Further walks can be arranged during your membership year at £40 per person per walk. A subscription to the printed version of Wolf Print is also included, one of the world's leading wolf magazines packed full of wolf news and informative articles. You'll also receive a 10" by 8" photograph of our wolves and will be helping with our aims of wolf conservation and spreading the truth about this beautiful, social animal. A printable application form is also available if you'd rather become a member by post.
A list of dates of upcoming walks is available on our "What's On" page. Note that the day usually finishes by 4PM during the winter half of the year and by 5PM during the summer half of the year.
Note: the walk is suitable for most people, with only slight inclines. However, if you have a mobility issue or have any questions, please contact us using the "Contact" link in the menu above. We'll be pleased to advise you if one of our special mobility walks would be better suited for you.
The minimum age for walkers is 12. We offer special children's walks for those of a younger age.