Cherchbi bags


cherchbiBackground – CHERCHBI

Established by Adam Atkinson in 2007 the company began with a simple idea to make bags using the discarded wool of the ancient Herdwick breed.

Cherchbi has evolved into a leather goods and accessories brand. We craft modern designs in a robust, traditional quality drawing inspiration from Britain’s creative, cultural and manufacturing heritage.

Our tweed and leather bags and accessories are entirely designed and made in Britain. We
use the best natural raw materials including vegetable-tanned English saddle leather, our
own Herdwyck No.10 wool tweed, brass Riri zips, cotton, linen and solid brass hardware.
These materials are locally sourced to our specification and are natural and sustainable.

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Herdwick Common


herdwick common Herdwick Common Book – CHERCHBI

Herdwick Common is a collaboration between two individuals whose shared appreciation of Cumbrian culture and landscape defines their taste in design and art. David Ellison is an emerging contemporary photographer whose style combines portraiture, documentary and contextual landscape photography. Adam Atkinson is the founder of Cherchbi.

Britain’s oldest sheep breed is inextricably linked with the Lake District and both subjects are emotive and internationally renowned. The book is unique in its contemporary presentation of this heritage-rich subject and will have local, national and international appeal.



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The Illustrated Herdwick Shepherd


the illustrated Herdwick shepherd

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.


Available from bookshops or from Amazon

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The Wool Clip

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 traditiowool clipnal craft skills.
These and other herdwick wool products can also be bought at Priests Mill, Caldbeck through the Wool Clip Cooperative.

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Vicky Edmondson: Herdwick Clothes

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.robinson place

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Crookabeck Herdwicks  Herdwick Wool & Knits

Crookabeck, Patterdale, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0NP

Tel: 017684 82742

Crookabeck Farm is in Patterdale by Ullswater in the English Lake District. farmshopmarybutton

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.

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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.

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Wools of Cumbria Carpets Ltd

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.  WOCC stand
Every square metre sold provides funds for the HSBA.

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Tel: 07801 573486

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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 Herdwicks
 For worsted spinning, Suri Alpaca helped to provide a blend of 70% Herdwick/30% Alpaca. Woollen spinning is 100%  the wool from the Middlesmoor flock
In addition to fleeces, ultrasoft tops and knitting yarns, we provide knitted products to commission.

 Visit our website or email  to learn more of the special provenance of the wool, order yarn and place orders for knitwear.

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Tel: +44 07765 963857


Herdwick Tweed | Shepherdess

This is Cumberland.

Out of ancient lands. Hewn from bracken edged fells.
Wrought of granite and slate
Carded by wild west winds. Wool, Yarn of Shepherds.
Cloth of Cumbria. Shepherdess inspiration. Justifiably unique.
Herdwick Tweed.

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