Herdwick Sheep are an icon of the Lake District. They wander the Lakeland fells freely. They also make a huge contribution to the heritage and landscape of the Lake District.
Herdwicks have been bred in the Lakes for hundreds of years. In fact evidence shows that they have been in the region since the 6th century, and there are connections to the Vikings. Herdwyck, for example is old Norse for 'sheep pasture'.
Herdwick sheep have been bred to withstand the worst elements of the Lake District weather out in the fells. The breed has been managed in a way that they instinctively know which part of the fells to keep to. This is known as 'heafing', and is almost unique to the Herdwick breed.
You'll likely see Herdwicks out in the fields all year round. Only the older or weaker sheep will be brought indoors by the farmers.
We have a number of Herdwick sheep gifts. Some feature excellent photography, for example tea towels, jigsaws, tablemats and chopping boards.
Our Sheepy Things range features real Herdwick fleece on items such as brooches, fridge magnets and car mobiles.