Herdwick Discovery Week: From Fleece to Fireside
The Herdwick Discovery week is a 5 day course, immersing you in all the traditional processes required to turn a fleece from the back of the sheep into a handmade heirloom rug. As you work you will be able to gaze out on the Herdwick sheep, grazing where they have been historically farmed for over 100 years.
You will take the wool from those very sheep after shearing, and learn how to process, it by “scouring” (cleaning), “carding” and “combing”, spinning, dying and weaving, all in the atmospheric Wild Wool Barn with tutor Susan Denham-Smith.
You will visit the farms where the original flocks were bred and inspired Beatrix Potter to save the farms and the breed. Find out about the daily routine of the farmers first hand* (subject to availability).
We offer accommodation at the luxury Wild Wool Barn Bunkhouse for exclusive use (sleeps 6), camping is available in our micro camp site overlooking Ennerdale water, or you can book your own accommodation with one of the many providers locally. (Accommodation list can be provided. Accommodation is not included in the price of the course).
The course is advertised to run for set dates in the year but can be booked by a private group (4-6 participants) at any time of your choosing