Shear Wensleydale Wool
We Sell Wensleydale Wool and Quality Wool Products . . .
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As a family-run business we create high quality garments, fleece, wool, tweed and other items for sale produced from Wensleydale longwool sheep.
Shear Wensleydale is set in 24-acres of paddocks and woodland in lower Wensleydale.

Who we are

We run our own flock of rare Wensleydale longwool sheep, as well as a flock of the beautiful Ryeland sheep and other mixed breeds. Wensleydale wool is famous for its high lustre and beautiful long dreadlocks, it is a popular fleece for crafters.


Wensleydale Wool Supplied

We live in the wide expanse of lower Wensleydale. Only 10 minutes from the A1 but surrounded by fields on all sides, we run flocks of sheep including the rare Wensleydale longwool sheep. Our sheep are gentle by nature and having always been interested in fleece and wool products, we have been inspired to share the joy that our animals bring, the lovely products that can be produced from wool and our beautiful surroundings. We are a family-run business and three generations are involved in every stage of production from lambing to finished garments!


Wensleydale Tweed

We weave our tweed by hand using the yarn produced from our Wensleydale sheep. We have used a variety of colours and produced all sorts of different tweeds including traditional greens, greys and browns through to the more vibrant pinks and yellows. We have then turned our tweed into caps, which we have hand-crafted adding a few personal touches along the way.

About Us

Our Wensleydale Flock

We breed a flock of Wensleydales. The Rare Breed Survival Trust considers the breed to be at risk. We are delighted that these beautiful big sheep are thriving in our small-holding situated in the very dale that gives them their name. The first recorded Wensleydales were all bred from a single Dishley Leicester tup named Bluecap in the small hamlet of East Appleton only four miles away from where we all live today.

Their distinctive long ringlets and top knots (which act like fringes or dreadlocks) make their fleece very desirable as it is full of lustre and shine. The fleece is often used in its ringlet form or spun and either used in its natural chocolate and cream tones or dyed using vibrant colours which are complemented by its high sheen. Amongst our flock, we have prize-winners from local agricultural shows including the Great Yorkshire Show.

Interestingly, Wensleydale sheep’s milk was originally used in the now-famous Wensleydale cheese!We have both white Wensledyales and the even rarer coloured Black Wensleydales in our flock. The Black Wensleydales have their own register with the Wensleydale Sheep Society. The colour of the fleece can vary from blacks, through chocolates and browns into silvery grey colours. The tips of their fleece gets bleached by the sun, producing beige, ginger, grey and sometimes cream tips.

Our lambs are born in early April. We are members of the Wensleydale Longwool Sheep Breeders Association and their website contains a lot of interesting information about this amazing breed.


Bed & Breakfast

We also have a family run B&B and holiday cottage in Lower Wensleydale.  In addition to the comfy beds, spacious en-suite accommodation and hearty, tasty breakfasts, we enjoy a tranquil location in 24-acres of woodland, paddocks and lake, which guests are free to explore. We are more than a B&B. Nestled between Leyburn, Richmond and Bedale, we welcome our guests, old and new, with a cup of tea and home-made cake. Make your booking securely online or by phone, to enjoy a relaxing break in the Yorkshire Dales.
Wool Supplies from Shear Wensleydale.
01677 450558 / 01677 451835
Elmfield House, Arrathorne, North Yorkshire, DL8 1NE