Ilketshall Wensleydales has been founded by Serena Plenderleith with the purpose of creating and selling luxury woollen apparel using wool produced from her flock of pedigree longwool Wensleydale sheep. The range of products is ever-evolving; including items such as throws, shawls, ponchos, blankets and cushions. Skeins of wool are also available for those who want to knit and create with this beautiful, soft and natural material.
Wensleydale sheep are reputedly the finest lustrous longwool in the world. The wool is beautifully purled and produces a soft, strong and fine yarn, perfect for knitting and weaving. Its quality and lustre make it ideal for our luxuriant range of products.
The Yorkshire Dales is the spiritual home of the Wensleydale sheep. Of considerable presence, the Wensleydale is a large longwool sheep, with a distinctive blue/grey head and ears and a forelock of wool known as a ‘topping’. It is a one of the largest of the indigenous breeds in the British Isles, and listed as ’class 4 – at risk’ on the Rare Breeds list.