A trip to Chillingham Castle should include a visit to the Wild White Cattle herd. These cows, bulls and calves have been breeding in the park grounds since the 13 century and Have been free from outside influence since the mid 1700s. They are there to graze the park land so preventing it reverting to woodland. Because these are the only wild cattle in the U.K. the herd has been split In order to protect them and the other half are In a secret location in Scotland.
I found the tour fascinating. We started in a small and informative exhibition room before being taken to see the cattle In the park land, as close as is safe. This is not a visit suitable for wheelchairs or sanders. You do not have to walk far but the ground is uneven. We were told we might have to run if the keeper felt the cattle were a threat. We did not have to run.
These are fascinating animals. So glad we went.