Today it’s about showing your best stock, winning the coveted silverware, having good crack, (that’s slang for chatting btw), downing a few beers and maybe settling an old score or two.
Sheila and i help out as best we can and give something back to the local’s who have contributed to us enjoying the area so much. We helped man the gates, relieving folk of a few quid upon entry to the event.
Friday night we arrived at The Newfield Inn in Seathwaite which had a Halloween Party going in full swing. It was 18 degrees C outside and with the pub being very full the heat was almost unbearable.
It was nice to chat with so many locals and to see them enjoying the event.
Saturday we headed off to Torver where the Meet was to take place. Usually the HQ is The Church House pub but it has now closed down. The village hall took on the hordes for lunch and The Wilson’s Arms took on the evening event of Singing, poetry reading and of course the beer swilling.
Cloud over Old Man of Coniston from Broughton Moor.
Weather wise we were lucky. We had a heavy shower in the morning and then one which included hail later in the afternoon but for the best part it was fine. The later one had some running for cover but as is the norm the Shepherds and the sheep carried on in the sousing rain as though it didn’t matter.
List of winners and categories will be published. TBA
Here are a few photo’s from the event field and surrounding countryside.
Anthony Hartley and Andrew Birkett and Herdwick's, Turner Hall Farm Seathwaite.
A trio of Herdwick tups
Showing Swaldales. (David Cooper fence dancing)
The Old Man of Coniston
Showing and Judging.
The pet competition
Overall Herdwick Champion. Glen Wilkinson from Tilberthwaite.
By hook or by crook
Just Champion Herdwick
Harter Fell in Mist from The Cross.