A herd of red deer has been reported on the Martindale Estate between Ullswater and Haweswater for over three centuries and Ullswater ‘Steamers' passengers can often see the herd on the shores of the lake.
Red deer are an impressive sight, being the largest land mammal in the UK, though not always red, due to seasonal changes in the colour of their coat which moves from grey-brown in winter to a reddish colour in the summer months.
Red deer can also be found roaming the fells above Shap and deep in the forests of Grizedale.
Red Deer can be seen all year round.
View our sightings page to find local photographs.
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