Believed to have been introduced to this country by early Norse Settlers or alternatively survived the sinking of a ship of the Spanish Armada, this hardy mountain sheep has been with us since about the 10th century and is responsible for shaping the terrain of the Lake District.  Until the worth of the fleece of this much loved breed is recognised ~ it makes incredibly warm and durable outerwear ~ farmers will continue to breed them to maintain the countryside for the tourist trade rather than for profit.