The countryside is a working environment and we all need to respect farms, workers and farm animals, particularly during spring when it’s lambing season and cattle are rearing their young.
Though the presence of cattle grazing close to our route can be an intimidating experience for Freshwalkers, risks can be managed through some simple steps.
In the first instance, the Freshwalks walk leader will always assess a route situation and if there’s an obvious local detour that means we can avoid disturbing livestock, then we’ll pursue that. Our approach is always safety first. But there’s a balance to be found and accessing the best of the beautiful British countryside will inevitably lead to some encounters with livestock at some point.
When making their decision, walk leaders will pay particular attention to the presence of any bulls or cows with calves. Both potential red flags. We’ll look at behaviours – are they already agitated or aggressive and also their relative positioning within the field compared to our route and planned exit.
Your walk leader will manage the situation but it’s also important that individual walkers support the group’s collective safety by taking personal responsibility when walking near cattle by following this advice:-