Meet the Sheep

Sheep farming is what shapes and creates the Lake District landscape. The land was originally covered in forests, which were cleared for the steel industry and farming. Grazing hefted sheep on the fells creates the close-cropped landscape we are now familiar with. Some are grazed on common land, and others are contained within the dry stonewall boundaries that have become part of the terrain.

The Chimney Sheep® is made from 100% Herdwick wool.

Herdwicks are hardy sheep, staying out on the fells throughout the winter. Accordingly, they have thick coarse fleece that was traditionally prized in the carpet industry. Beatrix Potter, who was chair of the Herdwick society, championed these sheep. The fleeces come in an attractive range of colours, from slate grey to brown to snowy white. They are cheeky sheep and many are not shy to approach tourists for sandwiches. Among farmers they are renowned escape artists and can easily jump over walls if they are so inclined.