3 ISSUES FOR JUST £3 Subscribe to Devon Life today click here

Morning deer walks at Arlington Court

PUBLISHED: 10:20 24 September 2013

Arlington Court are hosting deer rut walks

Arlington Court are hosting deer rut walks

Archant

Arlington Court will be hosting two morning deer walks on 13 and 19 October as part of the National Trust’s Great British Walking festival.

The Trust’s ‘Great British Walk’ is now in its third year, encouraging people to get outdoors and discover their countryside. This year the campaign focuses on getting visitors to share their favourite walks in places which are special to them.

Murray Sharpe, Outdoor Manager at Arlington, said: ‘Autumn is a great time of year at Arlington and is often considered the best season to visit. The trees come alive with orange, gold and red leaves; exotic-looking fungi haunt the woodland and I can practically guarantee seeing a deer on my way into work.’

Murray continued: ‘The Arlington estate runs to over 2,700 acres which includes open parkland, woodland and meadows – a perfect habitat mix for wild deer. Often, on early mornings or at dusk in October, they can be seen on the front lawn of the house, presenting a fantastic photo opportunity.’

The last heiress of Arlington Court, Miss Rosalie Chichester who passed the estate to the National Trust in 1949, had a desire to make the parkland into a nature reserve. Miss Chichester refused to allow any form of hunting on her land, including fishing the river. Today the deer population is managed by a professional stalker ensuring the herd remain at a healthy and sustainable number.

The mating season for red deer runs from the end of September through to November, and is known as the rut. Stags (male deer) will fight with their antlers and bellow across the valley to show their dominance. The victorious stag earns the right to mate with the herd of hinds (female deer).

To help promote walking on the estate the Arlington tearoom is offering a hearty casserole and pudding for only £9.95 from 1 to 27 October. As a special treat on 13 and 19 October the casserole will be made with venison.

The deer walks begin at 8:45am and will be approximately 3 miles long, costing £4 for adults and £2 for children. All ages are welcome. For more information, or to book a place on the walk, please call Arlington Court on 01271 850296.

0 comments

More from Out & About

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Away from the hustle of places like Woolacombe and Ilfracombe, North Devon is peppered with tiny coves, empty beaches and wooded walks leading to secluded bays that feel a million miles away from the tourist trail. BECKY DICKINSON reveals her pick of the best kept secrets on the North Devon coast

Read more
Friday, September 14, 2018

As part of her regular series where she visits Devon’s best places for 24 hours, Lydia Tewkesbury has this time been to Sidmouth

Read more
Thursday, September 13, 2018

Ranging from rocky and windy walkways along the South West Coast Path to the sandy beaches on the picturesque coastline, the district of North Devon is one of the prettiest coastal areas in the South West of England. In no particular order, here are 10 of the prettiest villages in the district of North Devon

Read more
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

In Devon’s towns and cities there’s an awful lot you can do in just 24 hours. For her regular feature, Lydia Tewkesbury travels to see what you can do in a day in Kingsbridge

Read more
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Villages in Devon are some of the prettiest in the South West. From beautiful little hamlets on the outskirts of the moors to seaside communities, we pick 10 villages in Devon you need to visit

Read more
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Dust off your walking shoes and head to South Devon – here are 6 reasons why the area is so good for a stroll writes Victoria Rogers

Read more
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

From sandy beaches and lighthouse-topped cliffs to views of the Jurassic Coast, the Devon coastline offers many perfect locations for a seaside walk. We pick 10 of the prettiest routes to take

Read more
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

There is something quite life-enriching about being by the water and in Devon there are plenty of ways to enjoy it, writes Fran McElhone. Including surfing, wild swimming, water skiing and more, here are 10 great ways to enjoy Devon’s water

Read more
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Encompassing large swathes of Dartmoor and plenty of the county’s most distinctive sections of coastline, it’s no wonder that the South Hams district is home to some of Devon’s prettiest places. We pick out 10 of the best towns and villages the area has to offer

Read more
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Devon is as beautiful underwater as it is above. Chrissy Harris highlights the best places to discover our county’s hidden depths… Here are 6 great places for crabbing, rockpooling and diving

Read more
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Simone Stanbrook-Byrne suggests a selection of 5 walks with stunning views to enjoy over the summer. Grab your boots and the relevant OS map and off you go!

Read more
Friday, August 3, 2018

From a hot tub Land Rover to a Romany caravan, Claire Saul picks out 7 Devon holiday lets that make hot topics for conversation

Read more
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Whether you’re up on Dartmoor, gazing down on the seaside from the South West Coast Path or visiting one of our stunning stately homes, breathtaking views are all around our county. We’ve picked 23 places where you can get Devon’s best views

Read more
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Escape the crowds and seek solace in one of the many nature reserves Devon has to offer. Think peaceful picnic spots, stunning views and spectacular wildlife – here are 7 reserves that are too good to miss as recommended by Sophie Pavelle

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy



Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Subscribe or buy a mag today


subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search