Herdwick are native to the Lake District of Cumbria. Their wool has unique durability properties and they have been known to survive under blanket snow for three days.
99% of all Herdwick sheep are found in the central and western Lake District and their survival was severely threatened by the 2001 outbreak of foot and mouth disease in England and Wales when 25% of the national flock was lost.
Herdwicks are a dual purpose breed producing strongly flavoured lamb and mutton and a course grey wool. Herdwick lambs are born black and after a year they lighten to a dark brown eventually maturing into a grey.