- noun a very hardy breed of sheep, with distinctive twisting horns and a black face with a white nose, which originated in the North Pennines of Yorkshire. The fleece has an outer layer of long coarse wool and an inner layer of fine dense wool. The Swaledale ewe is the mother of the popular lowland ‘mule’ ewe when mated to the Blue-faced (Hexham) Leicester ram.
- A semi-soft, creamy and moist cheese matured for 3 weeks to give it a mild distinctive flavour. It is made from whole Jersey cows’ milk in Swaledale, Yorkshire.