Sheep Driving Distractions in the Lake District

Lake and Hills in the Lake District

Driving through the Lake District

You need to be constantly aware of your surroundings due to the free-roaming sheep as you drive around the Lake District. The views around the Lakes and up the mountains are breathtaking. Although driving through these hills can be harrowing, there are pullouts for you to take a breather. On one such pullout, I stopped to get these views and relax a bit from driving this twisted road.  But, I was treated to a bigger surprise as I took these photos. Beware of Sheep Driving Distractions! should be a warning the rental car agencies should give you.

Lake and Hills in the Lake District

twisted road through the Lake District

Views Looking Down the Mountain

I was fascinated by all the sheep roaming the countryside throughout England. I was so excited that as I stopped to take a picture of where I had just been, there were three sheep on the side of the road. Apparently, a man and his wife also had the same idea as me and stopped behind me. One of the three was grazing right by the stone wall by me. Inching closer to him to get a better shot, I must have startled him.

Sheep Grazing in the Lake Districtback of the sheep on green grass

Jumping Sheep

He jumped up and over the stone wall and crossed the road. But, wait it didn’t stop there. Once he was on the other side the other two sheep wanted to follow. Next thing I know I’m watching sheep jump up and over stone walls and running across the road in front of cars driving up the mountain. The sounds of their little hooves clip-clopping on the stone wall and running on the road were epic.

two sheep jumping over stone wall in front of carbrown sheep jumping into road in front of a white car

I can’t imagine what the person was thinking of at this moment watching two sheep jump right in front of their vehicle. 

Three sheep by stone wall on green grass

Crossing Over

The first one looked back at us once they were all safe and I could almost hear his thoughts “What is your problem?” I looked at the man that had stopped behind me and said: “Did we just see that?” He replied, “It is amazing that there are not more dead sheep on the side of the road in England if they do this all the time!” We both started to crack up laughing at what just happened. Then we both got back into our cars and continued on our journeys. But forever changed from our shared unexpected experience. I so wish I would have videotaped this, but I’m glad I was able to capture the moment on my camera.


When driving in a new country or new place, it is so easy to get distracted by the gorgeous scenery outside the car windows. Unless you have a passenger, it would be smart to pay attention to what might jump out at you especially when driving in the Lake District. Beware of Jumping Sheep should be a sign posted alongside the roads like the Deer crossing signs back home!

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