A woman attacked by a reindeer when out walking in Scotland only reached safety after she climbed over security fencing.

Talking to the Telegraph, Pat Cook explained how she was walking in the Cromdale hills in the Scottish Highlands when the reindeer, part of the Cairngorm herd, attacked.

It knocked the 57-year-old onto her back and attempted to stick its antlers into her.

"I began bashing it over the head with my other walking pole. Its antlers were pretty big and it had one sticking straight out in front," she told the newspaper.

"I couldn't believe what was happening, and I was aware that I was running out of strength. I was shouting for help but there was no one there."

Explaining that she began to struggle to keep the animal at bay, she collapsed in a heap with only her rucksack to protect her back. The reindeer began to bump Mrs Cook along the ground.

She reached safety, however, when she climbed over fencing.

The Cairngorm reindeer herd is Britain's only herd of reindeer, and is usually known for being tame and friendly.ADNFCR-3337-ID-800274086-ADNFCR