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Inauguration of the Herdwick Stones

Herdwick Stones

On Saturday June 29th at 4pm there will be an inauguration ceremony of the Herdwick Stones and a celebration of the completion of the Ullswater Way Heritage Trail.

A series of three Herdwick Stones on the section of the Ullswater Way between Watermillock and Gowbarrow celebrate the role that shepherding plays in the cultural heritage of the Ullswater valley and the Lake District in general.

The event will take place at the Tyan Herdwick Stone (Grid Reference NY 421 226) near Watermillock.

The sculptor of the Herdwick stones, Charlotte Ruse, will be present, as well as the landowners, Richard and Anne Lloyd and past and present members of the FOUW committee

Charlotte Ruse, the sculptor of the stones said: “I’ve had family in Ullswater for over twenty years and was delighted to be asked to contribute to the Ullswater Way.  I’ve found the counting system of Yan, Tyan, Tethera fascinating and I hope the three stones are as hardy as the Herdwick sheep they honour.”

Richard Lloyd, the Landowner said: “I particularly like the location of ‘Tyan’ under the beautiful beech tree with a spectacular view across the Ullswater valley as a backdrop.”

Tim Clarke, the Chair of the Friends of the Ullswater Way (FOUW), said: “The three beautifully sculpted stones, celebrating shepherding’s unique contribution to the culture and heritage of the valley, are a fitting finale to the heritage trail that we have developed over the last three years. We hope it will add to the understanding and appreciation of this stunning valley.”

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