Are these the most travelled sheep in the Lake District?

Go Herdwick sheep sculptures sail staggering 10,000 miles

A pair of unique art exhibits – located on board two historic Windermere ‘steamers’ as part of the Calvert Trust’s Go Herdwick public art trail – will have soon have clocked up 10,000 miles on their travels up and down England’s longest lake over the summer.

The colourful life-sized sheep are named ‘Blue Ewe’ and ‘Guo Se’ (which means ‘national beauty’ in Chinese) and were designed for Windermere Lake Cruises by Cumbrian artist Karen Lester. They are part of the 50-strong flock appearing in an array of unexpected places across the South and Central Lakes to raise money for the Calvert Trust.

‘Blue Ewe’ and ‘Guo Se’ boarded the vessels in March and as the final day of the Go Herdwick trail approaches on Sunday 5 September, it’s been revealed that the sheep have sailed at least 10,000 miles between them. As well as daily scheduled sailings, that includes wedding receptions, private charters and evening buffet cruises as the sun goes down.

John Woodburn, Operations Director at Windermere Lake Cruises, says, “We’re proud to have brought these unique pieces of art to Windermere, particularly for such a good cause. Blue Ewe and Guo Se are the only sheep on the Go Herdwick trail that have literally been on the move throughout this special outdoor exhibition and have certainly created a talking point for passengers as they sail around Windermere.

People still have time to see the Blue Ewe’ and ‘Guo Se’ before Go Herdwick draws to a close on Sunday 5 September. They will be sold in aid of the Calvert Trust along with their fellow Herdwick ewes at the charity’s Grand Gala Auction at the Low Wood Bay hotel in October.


Notes to Editors:

Image attached: Fellow Bowness resident ‘Terrance Baa’ (located at Macdonald Old England Hotel) jumps on board with a quick ride with ‘Guo Se’ (Windermere Lake Cruises) for part of the journey.

Windermere Lake Cruises is the country’s sixth most popular ‘paid for’ visitor attraction with almost 1.5million passenger journeys on England’s longest lake every year, according to official VisitEngland figures. The company operates 16 boats, including three historic ‘steamers’, nine waterbuses and four traditional wooden launches, as well as a fleet of motorboats and rowing boats. Famous passengers include Her Majesty The Queen, who has twice sailed on the iconic MV Teal. / @Windermereboats

For more information, please contact: Jennifer Cormack, Windermere Lake Cruises – 015394 40349 /

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