The Lake District is characterised by communities ranging from market towns to isolated cottages, with picturesque villages and hamlets of varying sizes in-between.
One of the iconic figures of the Lake District is the Herdwick sheep. The main Herdwick, Swaledale, and Rough-Fell breeds shape the fell character of the Lake District National Park, with the grey and white Herdwick being the most ubiquitous on the fells. On 24th August this year, Joseph Hardman’s 1953 photograph, entitled ‘Kendal Rush Hour’, was replicated at Allhallows Lane. Sixty years ago, herding sheep down Kendal’s high street was a regular occurrence. Now, however, they are transported in trucks – not quite so newsworthy nor picturesque!
However, from time immemorial, other animals have also contributed to the economy of the Lakes – and they continue to do so. Cattle are bred for meat and milk, and we often find young cattle on the fell into which our guesthouse nestles during early summer and early autumn.
Horses were indispensable in the old days to for transport and much hard work on the farm. In the first photo, you can just about make out the horse’s outline under its enormous load of hay! For a great day out, visitors interested in 19th century farming techniques may experience farming the old fashioned way at Old Hall Farm in Bouth.
Dogs were, of course, essential creatures at least on sheep farming stations. They were and continue to be guardians as well as companions to farmers and non-farming communities alike. Visitors to the Lake District can try their hand at sheep-herding at the Lake District Sheepdog Experience.
Times move, but mankind’s relationship with and reliance on the animal kingdom continues within the the rural traditions of the Lake District. Of course there are many other businesses in the Lake District which enable its economy to grow. One such is tourism. And with it the adaptation of rural business to the tourism industry. Many other opportunities involving members of the animal kingdom can now be enjoyed by visitors to the Lake District, from an aquarium to zoos, petting farms and working farms, falconry, llama trekking, horse-riding, hound trailing, etc., and, of course, numerous agricultural shows.
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