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Still the star of the show
13 July 2021
It’s been so good to see all the activity this year with the red squirrels at High Winder. It wasn't that long ago that they seemed to have disappeared but now they are back. There are several families with their kits who are regularly using the feeders and posing for guests. They seem to know when the camera is on them and are still the real stars. ...
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New life and a new start at High Winder
15 July 2020
Here is Joseph and the newest member to join the High Winder team. He is a couple of months old and being bottle fed by Sue, but it won’t be too long before he’ll joins our other Herdwicks. Life has been different for us over the past 3 months with all the holiday cottages being closed. We reopened in July to guests and have to thank Cumbria Tourism for their support and advice -  ensuring that ...
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A Winter Scene
13 February 2020
High Winder is situated high on the fells looking out across the Eden Valley. We are just over 1,000ft above sea level and often find ourselves in the snow line. When we do get snow it transforms the countryside around us into a magical landscape.   ...
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The Far Eastern Fells
30 September 2019
High Winder is situated on the edge of the Far Eastern Fells. This  group of hills in the English Lake District is often missed and a real haven for walkers and wildlife. Reaching their highest point at High Street (828 metres or 2,718 ft) they occupy a broad area to the east of Ullswater and the Kirkstone Pass. Much quieter than the central areas of Lakeland they offer in general a much easier ...
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Wild Fell Ponies
21 July 2019
Guests at High Winder are often treated by a visit from the wild Fell Ponies. They roam across the fells all year and form herds ranging from around 10 up to 30. They are really magnificent and quite approachable. In recent weeks we have seen an increase in their arrival at the paddock fences. They are interested in both the donkeys, and having a good scratch on the posts. These ponies are not...
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Developing our sheep skills
30 June 2019
High Winder owners, Dave & Sue, have recently acquired a small flock of Herdwick sheep.  The ewes have just had their fleeces sheared and sporting much cooler summer coats. We are learning some new skills and catching sheep isn’t as easy as you might think. It was quite an occasion when we finally achieved the technique. As pets they are sure to have a wonderful life with us. They are named Bec...
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Donkeys at High Winder
22 June 2019
Working with the Donkey Sanctuary in Devon, we are pleased that Lucy and Joy have come to their new home at High Winder. Lucy is 9 years old and is the mother of Joy who is 4 years old. In donkey terms they are both young as their life expectancy can be anything up to 40 years. They live in the ‘Donkey Den’ and enjoy eating grass in the paddocks. We have to regularly  monitor their weight as in...
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Aren't Herdwick's the best looking sheep
12 May 2019
Herdwick sheep are widely considered to be the most hardy of all Britain’s breeds of hill sheep but somehow they are also the most engaging and always seem to be smiling. At High Winder we have a flock in an adjacent field and always love to see them. Probably 99 per cent of all Herdwick sheep are kept in commercial flocks in the central and western dales of the Lake District. These fells run t...
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Meet Phil
4 May 2019
We have a regular visitor to High Winder called Phil. A magnificent cock pheasant who loves strutting his stuff and showing off his amazing colours. Quite an opportunistic fellow, he hangs around under the bird and squirrel feeders picking up anything that drops down – hence his size. We have noticed that Phil realises when the feeders are being topped up and is never far away for that easy mea...
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Red Squirrels
26 April 2019
At High Winder we have an active family of red squirrels who love to move between the 3 feeding stations. Guests are always entertained by their antics and there are lots of photo opportunities. The red squirrel has been declining since American grey squirrels were introduced in the 19th Century, spreading illness and out-competing them for food so.  The red squirrel is much smaller than the g...
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