Wensleydale Longwool Sheep Shop
The Wensleydale Longwool Sheep Shop is named after the breed of the same name, now one of the rarest breeds in Britain. The breed can be traced back to 1839 and takes its name from the valley of Wensleydale in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales national park. The business has been run since 1999 by friends Ann Bolam and Ruth Tombleson from Ann's family farm just outside the town of Leyburn in lower Wensleydale. Both Ann and Ruth grew up in Wensleydale, and their love of their native valley is reflected in their yarns, with colours that are inspired by the local landscapes. The breed itself is one of the largest in Britain, with long, lustrous, curly fleeces producing wool that is considered to be the finest longwool in the world. All stages of production take place in Yorkshire, making this a true Yorkshire yarn.