Sheep herdwick

Herdwick Sheep

Herdwick sheep are widely considered to be the most hardy of all Britain’s breeds of hill sheep. Probably 99 per cent of Herdwick sheep are kept in commercial flocks in the central and western dales of the Lake District. These fells run to over three thousand feet and facing the westerly rain bearing winds they record the country’s highest rainfall.

Did you know Herdwick lambs are born black and as they grow, their fleece lightens to a dark brown. After the young, dark brown sheep have been sheared, they turn a steel grey colour, which continues to lighten with age.

The Herdwick is a breed of domestic sheep native to the Lake District in North West England. The name “Herdwick” is derived from the Old Norse herdvyck, meaning sheep pasture.

This article from BBC News has more information about this amazing sheep.

Make your own Herdwick sheep with our Black Dog and Ginger Cat level 3 needle felting kit. This is one of the sheep kits that are in the range are Black Welsh Mountain or Jacob Sheep