But photographer Ken Grindle has managed to get a little bit closer, taking this picture of the animal in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire.
The majestic wild animal – long associated with mystery and good luck – was filmed by the wildlife enthusiast.
Ken, 66, has been filming and photographing wildlife in the area for the past six years – but had never seen a white stag.
‘I was very surprised to see it,’ he said.
‘I was camped in a shelter and was really fortunate. It just strolled right in front of me and calmly wandered around.
‘He is a beautiful creature and it’s really nice to be able to show people who perhaps can’t make it into woodland what beautiful animals roam out there.
‘I wasn’t sure I’d actually got it until I got home.
‘I take the pictures to share with everyone as a lot of people can’t get out into the woods to see this.’
The Forest of Dean is thought to be home to an array of unusual and wild creatures including wild boar, big cats and white stags.
Retired builder Ken added: ‘There’s a lot of talk about big cats in the Forest and that really would be something to see.
‘I managed to stand my ground when some wild boar came out into the path in front of me but it might be a bit different if I saw a big cat.’
Last year a white stag was spotted in the Scottish Highlands and was photographed by a member of a nature charity while she was on an expedition on the west coast.
Fran Lockhart, of the John Muir Trust, a charity which protects wild land, said she was “thrilled” to spot the majestic beast, which is closely identified with the unicorn.
In October 2007, a wild white stag was shot by poachers on the border between Devon and Cornwall, where horrified locals had known it by the name Snowy.
Source: Daily Mail