Herdwick sheep are the hardiest in the land. They’re the native breed of the central and western Lake District, born to graze the high fells as part of the traditional hill farming system which has been the same for generations. The tough weather up here means that Herdwicks mature slowly, producing sweet lamb and, later in the year, deliciously gamey mutton. Herdwick farmer Eric Taylforth sends us lamb from Millbeck, the National Trust farm he runs below the Langdale Pikes. Visit our butcher for a whole leg or follow our recipe for a slow-cooked shoulder with a rich gravy.