why the Lake District is so special
As you have probably guessed by now, our story starts amid the beautiful landscape of the Lake District. This setting is home to the famous Herdwick sheep, a hardy breed uniquely suited to life on the high fells.
With fresh country air and stunning landscapes that look breath-taking whatever the weather, it’s easy to see why the Lakes are so highly regarded by so many people. Granted, we might be a little biased, but there are many reasons why so many people flock to this part of Great Britain.
It’s not only the landscape that attracts up to 15 million visitors per year. Within the scenic surroundings are a wide range of cultural aspects that contribute to its appeal. The Lake District has inspired artists throughout history including Turner and Ruskin, and poets such as Wordsworth and Samuel Coleridge. Besides enjoying the beautiful views of lakes and mountains, you can find entertainment at traditional country shows and rural events that take place throughout the year, or if you love sports, you can enjoy exhilarating days out mountain biking, hiking, climbing, or taking part in the many water sports in the area.
If, like us, you’re a bit of a foodie, you can delight in trying some fantastic local products such as Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding, Grasmere Gingerbread, artisan made cheeses and, dare we say, PDO status Herdwick meat! If you’re a beer connoisseur, did you know that The Lake District has the highest concentration of micro breweries in the UK? Now there’s a reason for a visit in itself. There is, without a doubt, something to suit everyone on a visit to the Lakes.
We’re not at all surprised to hear too, that so many people come on holiday here to see if they can spot the famous Herdwick sheep, which can be seen dotted across the mountains of the Lake District. This is, of course, where the herdy®sleep story starts. It is the unique properties of the Herdwick’s wool, including being a fantastic natural insulator as well as being resilient and long lasting, that makes it the perfect choice for use in our mattresses. We believe that if it’s good enough for our Herdwick sheep from season to season, then it’s the perfect material to make our mattresses from, allowing you to have a restful night’s sleep and wake up with a smile.
While the weather here can be a little on the unpredictable side especially as you can experience wind, rain and snow all in one day, it never stops the Lake District from being an enchanting place. Throughout the year, it’s not uncommon for us to overhear visitors in our local pub saying that it feels like a second home where the scenery and peace allows them to completely escape from the rest of the world. Of course, this makes us smile; we take pride in knowing that people have such affection for this very special place.
As a Lake District inspired brand, it’s here that we work with local rural communities and farmers to support projects with our Herdyfund. It’s here too that we take part in many of the country shows such as Grasmere Sports, Patterdale Show, Lakeland Shears or one of the many traditional Shepherd’s meets. It’s great to be part of local traditions that go back, in some cases, hundreds of years.
Naturally, as the Lake District is home to our much loved Herdwick sheep, we can’t forget to mention the hard work the farmers put into rearing and looking after them, providing us with great natural materials to produce our high quality mattresses from. At herdy®sleep, we believe in giving back to the rural economy and feel that it’s only fair that we support our local farmers who deliver sustainably farmed wool. What can we say? We love giving back to the community that has given so much to us.
The Lake District truly is the essence of herdy®sleep and we can’t be any prouder of our rural roots. Without it, we simply wouldn’t be where we are today and so we feel that it’s our duty to look after it. On this new adventure to bring you the comfiest, naturally sourced mattresses, we’re excited to see where our North of England roots take us.