Highland Cows in Twywell

"It was surreal": 11 pictures of Highland Cows from a popular walk in Northamptonshire

"It was incredible. We had to look for them. They are just so calm and placid, you can just get really close to them."

Monday, 29th March 2021, 1:17 pm
Updated Monday, 29th March 2021, 4:19 pm

A nurse from Northamptonshire took some brilliant pictures of Highland Cows while on a popular walking route in the county.

The route is part of the popular and ever-growing Northamptonshire Walks website, which promotes different walks around the county's countryside. This walk is Number 38: Twywell Circular, which is in Kettering.

Lynda Sealey was out walking this route on Friday (March 26) with her boyfriend when she came across the Highland Cattle, which originated in the Scottish Highlands and has long horns and a long shaggy coat.

The Northampton General Hospital nurse said: "It was incredible. We had to look for them. They are just so calm and placid, you can just get really close to them.

"We didn't think we were going to see them but we didn't give up! We kept exploring and we saw one of the cows just grazing. It was just amazing. You stop and think 'is this still Northamptonshire?' It was surreal.

"They were just grazing and really didn't care we were there."

Lynda used her brand new Nikon Z50 camera - a present from her boyfriend for her 40th birthday in December - to snap the cattle.

She added: "It was incredible. I've never pictured anything like it before."

According to Northamptonshire Walks' website, the walk is 4.5 miles long and takes about two hours at a steady pace to complete.

The website also says the route is mainly off road with a variety of field and forest walking. There are a few hills and it can get muddy in winter as you may be walking across ploughed fields.

To view the walk on Northamptonshire Walks' website, click here.

Also, according to experts:

When Highland Cows become friends, they show affection by licking, mounting and play fighting with each other.

Their long shaggy coats help to keep the rain and snow at bay during cold winters. The coat has two layers of long fur: the warm undercoat and the oily outercoat.

They spend most of their day (about eight hours) grazing and can eat up to 70kg of grass daily, which weighs as much as 700 blueberry muffins

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