Hamish visited on a bright but chilly day in April 2005. He was very excited when he saw his first donkey – it was a life-size model in the car park! He enjoyed a leisurely tour of the stable courtyard area and met the elderly donkeys before going on a longer walk. There are set out walks of various distances around the sanctuary and nearby – walk leaflets available for all routes. Hamish chose set walk B, said to take 45 minutes to one hour. It was easy going on the level and had benches available if required. The route has ample ‘scoop’ bins and free bags for those who need them. Trees dedicated to supporters of the sanctuary line the walk. The whole site is dog friendly. There’s a dog drinking bowl in the courtyard (by the shop) and Hamish was welcomed in the shop. The restaurant is friendly and dogs are welcome both inside and at the outdoor tables. We had coffee and cakes but a wide range of snacks and meals are available. The sanctuary makes a very good visit – it could be the start of a longer walk as a public footpath passes through the site near the car park. There is no entry charge and parking is free. We went away with a warm feeling having supported the charity by making a purchase in the shop, enjoying our coffee and having made a modest donation.
The Donkey Sanctuary
Slade House Farm
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DogPeople Says : The Donkey Sanctuary
Admission and parking are FREE. Open 365 days a year from 9 AM until dusk. Over 400 rescued donkeys. Five beautiful walks in serene and relaxing surroundings. Restaurant dog friendly indoors and out except busy periods in peak months when dogs are only allowed outside. Picnic area. Shop and visitors centre.
Open 365 days a year from 9 AM until dusk.
Must be on a lead
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