I am the luckiest man alive, because I get to live and work in the most beautiful place on earth: Matterdale in the English Lake District.
When I was a child we didn’t really go anywhere, except a week in the Isle of Man when I was about ten years old, and I never left Britain until I was twenty.
Even now, years later, the best bit of any travelling is coming home.
Bringing us into the world of shepherd’s baking competitions, sheep shows and moments out on the fell watching the sheep run away home, James Rebanks interweaves thoughts and reflections on the art of shepherding with his photographs of the valley, people and animals that make up the daily life of the fells. A life lived by the three hundred surviving fell farming families, this is a book of photos and words filled with reverence and love.
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The Wool Clip, Priests Mill, Caldbeck, Cumbria, CA7 8DR
Tel: 016974 78707
The Wool Clip began as a co-operative of Cumbria-based crafts people back in 2001. All enthusiastic designers and makers but many were juggling work with farming, families and other commitments. They enjoy working with wool but also understand the threat to British wool and local sheep farming and the loss of traditional craft skills.
These and other herdwick wool products can also be bought at Priests Mill, Caldbeck through the Wool Clip Cooperative.
Robinson Place Farm, Great Langdale, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9JS
Tel: 015394 37214
Owned by the National Trust, Robinson Place Farm is a traditional Lakeland Hill farm situated in the heart of the beautiful Langdale Valley.
The farm was build around the 17th Century and runs a stock of 1300 Herdwick fell sheep.
Using wool from her husband’s sheep, Vicky Edmondson knits a wide range of clothing of different designs and different sizes, including hats, lined cardigans, children’s jumpers … Her knitwear can be made to order.
Please call for further information.
Fornside Farm , St. John’s in the Vale, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 4TS
Tel: 017687 79173
A range of the highest quality rugs and throws using the finest wool from sheep grazing the Helvellyn fells in the heart of the Lake District.
These sheep provide a stunning range of natural colours which provide wool for spinning a rich dark grey yarn and a light rocky grey. We also use white wool from our Cheviot and Swaledale breeds.
Some of the light grey Herdwick yarn is dyed in colours which reflect the magnificent Helvellyn landscape; mossy green, russet bracken, heather pink and deep lake blue.
The rugs are woven using the Herdwick wool in both natural colours and dyed shades. The art of the weaver blends this wool, creating rugs in a range of textures and an infinite variety of colours, reflecting the landscape of the Helvellyn Range.
Please call either Pam Hall or Mary Bell for a brochure.
Crookabeck, Patterdale, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0NP
Tel: 017684 82742
The farm is home to our flocks of Angora goats and Herdwick sheep. The fleece from our goats and sheep is used to produce a range of mohair and wool products. These include mohair socks, Scarves, and floor rugs, Natural and hand dyed yarns. These are all available to buy online, by mail order, or from our own Farm Shop.Visit Crookabeck Herdwicks Herdwick Wool & Knits Email Crookabeck Herdwicks Herdwick Wool & Knits
Thermafleece Insulation Soulands GateDacrePenrithCumbria CA11 0JF
Tel: 017684 86285
Thermafleece Insulation made from Herdwick wool
Second Nature UK Ltd is the maker of “Thermafleece” sheep wool thermal insulation, an innovative recyclable product improving the energy efficiency of buildings made from fell wool including Herdwick.Visit Thermafleece Email Thermafleece
Tel: (0)15396 28120
Wools of Cumbria Carpets is proud to be able to offer wool grown, sheared, scoured, spun and made into carpet within 100 miles of the centre of Cumbria.
Broadloom carpet and tiles, from our ‘Graphite, ‘Designer Graphite Stripe’ and ‘Colourwash’ ranges can be sold and delivered direct to the consumer anywhere in the UK.
Every square metre sold provides funds for the HSBA.
Chimney Sheep Ltd 25A Solway Trading Estate Maryport Cumbria CA15 8NF - See more at: https://www.chimneysheep.co.uk/#sthash.tYIsRrHa.dpuf
Tel: 01900 269427
The Chimney Sheep is made from 100% Herdwick wool
The Chimney Sheep draught excluder for chimneys comes with its own dangle, and it is very important that this is visible at the top of the fireplace so no-one forgets it is there and lights a fire. There are also a range of dangles that can be hung from the handle to decorate your fireplace and make it look more cheerful when the fire is out. If you want to light the fire the Chimney Sheep is easily removed – pop it in a gorgeous wrap to hang from the mantelpiece or put it in a bag in the cupboard, then push it back in when the fire is completely out.Visit Chimney Sheep Email Chimney Sheep
Tel: 07801 573486
The Middlesmoor Herdwick flock was started 25 years and the sheep wool and yarn available is only produced from this single unique flock of highly professional and chirpy HerdwicksFor worsted spinning, Suri Alpaca helped to provide a blend of 70% Herdwick/30% Alpaca. Woollen spinning is 100% the wool from the Middlesmoor flockIn addition to fleeces, ultrasoft tops and knitting yarns, we provide knitted products to commission.