Passionate sheep farmers wanted for 15-year Cumbria tenancy

A 575ha fell farm in Cumbria is seeking a new tenant for the first time in nearly 60 years.

The National Trust’s High Tilberthwaite Farm is located north of Coniston at the head of the Tilberthwaite valley and is being offered on a 15-year farm business tenancy (FBT).

As well as the 575ha of predominantly fell land, the farm offers a landlord’s flock of 479 Herdwick sheep, a Grade II listed three-bedroom farmhouse and a holiday cottage business.

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John Moffat, general manager for the National Trust in the South Lakes, said: “We want to find a new tenant who is as passionate as we are about exploring nature friendly farming measures and conserving the heritage of the Herdwick breed, which is a huge part of the Lake District’s upland heritage.”

The National Trust intends the farm to be maintained as a viable working unit and the continued development of the Herdwick flock is a priority.

Tilberthwaite Farm

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Viewings are by appointment only and will take place on Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 April, from 10am to 4pm.

Application and tender forms will be available by request after the viewing days and the closing date for tenders is Friday 11 May at 12pm.

The trust will not accept tenders from applicants who have not visited the farm on the viewing days.

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