Who doesn’t love the breed of sheep native to the Lake District and Cumbria, the Herdwick? Even if you’re not an animal lover or interested in farming or the like, driving through the Lake District countryside you’ll can’t help but fall in love with these creatures.
They are hardy animals who not just live on the fells but are an integral part of them. They are highly inquisitive and stubborn. Have you tried to get them off a path you need to walk along or road you need to drive through??!!! You can imagine them uttering “who was here first” as they munch away.
So for this most special of native breed of sheep, July 5th is date set for a celebration and of support for Herdwick farmers. Great Langdale Road Races are organising the Herdwick 10k on this date in conjunction with the Herdwick Breeders Association, Princes Countryside Fund, Taste Cumbria, Herdy Company, Cumbria Life and the Langdale Gala. All the details of the Herdwick 10k run can be found on the Great Langdale Road Races website, click here.
The events don’t stop there in the Langdale Valley that weekend for the day after the race is the ever popular Langdale Gala. The gala is open to everyone but is put on by the community, for the community with monies raised going to various local organisations such as children of Langdale Primary School, The Langdale under 5’s, Langdale Older Folks, Ambleside AC and The Langdale Bowling Club with the main emphasis being fun for the whole family and bringing the community together.
Those entering the Herdwick 10k run on the Saturday get free entry to the gala in with the entrance fee so there’s never a better excuse for making a weekend out of the run and gala and staying over. One of the main supporters of the gala, so too Great Langdale Road Races, is the Langdale Hotel & Spa and along with their new hotel, the Brimstone Hotel, have rooms available that weekend and both are just a short distance from the run start line and gala site. Further information on the Langdale Gala can be found by clicking here.