SEPTEMBER 2018 – WALK EVERY DAY FOR A WEEK CHALLENGE – DAY 1
We met up in the morning at the National Trust Longshaw’s car park. We made our way towards the White Edge Lodge and onto Big Moor following up a walk along the White Edge and back to the car park.
Wild Red Deer
There are about 170 wild red deer in Longshaw and its surrounding areas. It is somehow magical to see them wildly roam the countryside. Easily recognised by their antlers, stags (male) are up to 130cm tall and can weigh up to 240kg. Hinds (females) are smaller and don’t have antlers.
Rutting (mating) season usually starts in mid-September and runs until mid-October. Males compete for females by roaring or bellowing. If roaring isn’t enough to decide who’s the dominant male, stags will size each other up with ‘parallel walking’ and if they are equally matched a full-blown fight can break out. Fighting involves chasing each other and battling with the antlers.
White Edge Lodge looking pretty at the beginning of autumn. You can rent it for holidays from National Trust.
I am actually doing the same walk on Friday and also hoping to return in October to try my luck and see them again. It is a truly amazing experience to see them in the wild. We heard them bellowing too which is quite something. Very loud and deep, an experience I will never forget.