Herdwick is a breed of domestic sheep native to the Lake District of Cumbria in North,West England.
Author Beatrix Potter played a major role in the conservation of this special breed.
In the later half of her life, the children’s author Beatrix Potter was involved with keeping and breeding Herdwicks, even acting as president of the breed association for a time. Between 1930 and 1938 she won a number of prizes for Herdwick ewes at shows across Cumbria.
Upon her death in 1943, she bequeathed fifteen farms – approximately a total sum of 4,000 acres (16 km²) – to the National Trust, and per her instructions all continue to graze Herdwick flocks.
NB: The name for rams are Herdwick tups. What a great name!