The best places to spot deer in Cheshire

Deer at dusk, Lyme Park by Alex Slater

Deer at dusk, Lyme Park by Alex Slater - Credit: Archant

We take a look at the best places to spot deer in the county.

Red deer stag & The Cage at Lyme Park by Garry Lomas

Red deer stag & The Cage at Lyme Park by Garry Lomas - Credit: Archant

Lyme Park

The historic Lyme Park house is surrounded by stunning gardens and an ancient moorland and deer park, thriving with incredible wildlife. You can spot the ancient herd of red deer in their 1,000 acre estate which offers incredible walks to explore and breathtaking scenery. Alternatively there are more tranquil walks through their Edwardian rose garden, the stunning lake which was featured in BBC’s adaptation of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and their ravine garden. Lyme Park’s house itself will transport you back into Edwardian times with lavish interiors and a rich history where you will learn all about the estates great sporting past.

Looking majestic, Tatton by Gemma Howarth Rymill

Looking majestic, Tatton by Gemma Howarth Rymill - Credit: Archant

Tatton Park

Tatton Park boasts stunning scenery and a one thousand acre deer park making it the ultimate destination for a day full of deer spotting and nature exploring. The deer park dates back as early as 1290, and Tatton’s Parkland is now home to a variety of deer including herds of the Red and Fallow deer. It’s not just deer who have set up camp here either, as rare breeds of St Kilda and Soay sheep also roam the parkland’s freely as well as a rich variety of wildlife flocking to the Parkland each season. Alongside this, Tatton Park has an interesting past as you can discover centuries of history at the Tudor Old Hall or find out what life was truly like above and below the stairs in the Mansion.

Dunham Massey by Tony Marsh

Dunham Massey by Tony Marsh - Credit: Archant

Dunham Massey

Dunham Massey is home to an ancient deer park, gardens for all seasons and a stunning 18th century house holding many historical stories and treasures. Nestled in the rural tranquillity of Cheshire, you can admire the herd of fallow deer that roam the stunning parkland and wander amongst the ancient trees. You can also explore the fully restored 400 year old working sawmill which is powered by an impressive water wheel. Away from the parkland and garden lies the historic house which has been transformed to tell the story of Dunham Massey’s Victorian grandeur past and the recently restored historic stable buildings.

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Do make sure to keep your distance from the deer if you are attempting to photograph them. This is particularly important during rutting season (September - November) as they have an increased level of aggression.

The Red Deer of the Peak District - photograph special