Help find the ‘lost sheep’ of the Yorkshire Dales

This summer, go searching for the woolly, yellow denizens of may even win a prize!

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As part of the Woollen Hills project, a year-long celebration of the importance of sheep and wool to the Yorkshire Dales, tourists will be invited to unleash their inner Bo Peep and go on the hunt for ‘lost sheep’ decked in yellow jerseys.


The competition will last from 5th July to 5th September, and will not only raise awareness of the Dales’ woolly heritage, but will also open up a wealth of exciting and beautiful locations for people to explore.

Farms, businesses and visitor attractions across the Yorkshire Dales, Ripon, Harrogate and Knaresborough will create and display their own models and images of sheep.  All entrants have to do is find three of them and enter the location into the website to be in with the chance of winning a prize, ranging from free entrance to Yorkshire attractions, to gift vouchers and days out.  You can also take a picture and tweet your woolly findings by adding #lostsheepyellowjerseys.

Susan Briggs of the Dales Tourism Business Network, who came up with the idea, says:  “Visitors should look out for ‘lost sheep’ created out of chicken wire and egg boxes, or knitted, painted or even baked into bread! These will be displayed in windows, gardens or on roadsides and railings until September along with instructions on how to enter. We’ve designed the competition to be simple to enter and fun for all the family as people tour through the region this summer.”


To find out how you can join the hunt, visit the website at