The Herdwick is a Lakeland breed and can be traced back to the 12th century. They are the hardiest of our domestic breeds surviving on fells as high as 3000ft in all weathers. Herdwick farmers typically only have a small area of lowland grazing and these sheep are managed and kept on the high fell.
These distinctive grey sheep are a common site up north but not so common here in the south of England, they are an excellent meat sheep although slower maturing they are full of flavour and are typically eaten as hogget at around nine months old. We love their looks and while a jumper and escape artist they have a lovely laid back friendly nature and will follow you around all day if you have a bucket of ewe nuts.