We are a small, independent business with a passion for two things: to encourage and preserve our natural heritage and to provide a carefree environment where visitors can relax and connect with the countryside. So when you visit, you become part of Stoneywish… and part of the family too!
Six generations of Alfords have worked on the land here since it was a dairy farm back in 1931. Today, the business still feels very much like a family affair, with a friendly, informal atmosphere. We are committed to preserving the beauty of this place which we love and to sharing the knowledge we have learned here. And now so many people also feel that Stoneywish is ‘home’, they have their own generations who have ‘grown up’ here. Their visits and yours help to protect the land for the future.
Stoneywish Nature Reserve, is the inspiration and creation of the present owner, Michael Alford. Under his direction the landscape of the original farm has developed into a patchwork of beautiful wetlands and wilderness areas interspersed with meadows and native woodland. The walk takes you on a circular trip through the reserve, and back to the Shaker Smallholding where you can get a glimpse of the ‘good life’: free range piggies, a garden full of herbs, and ducks in the orchard, before ordering an ice cream back at the Visitor Centre!