Mick’s 5 simple rules for staying safe

Mick Burton is an experienced walker and group leader. Here he shares his tips for staying safe while walking through cattle.

I lead a group of walkers every Thursday in rural Leicestershire. To date, although our walks often take us through fields of cows, we have avoided dangerous situations.

Let me share with you some of the simple practices that our group has adopted.

1. Know your walk. Avoid fields with cattle if they are likely to have calves with them – early spring and early autumn are times to be particularly aware.

2. Take a line across a field which avoids a direct approach to cattle if possible even if this means departing from the footpath for a while.

3. Try to walk against a hedge or fence in a field with cattle in it as these might afford protection if trouble threatens.

4. Avoid eye contact with cattle.

5. Don’t run – always walk purposefully but as quietly as possible.

Some excellent advice, thank you Mick.

Other COWS members offer their own thoughts on staying safe.
Libby’s tips for staying safe around cattle
David’s techniques for staying safe


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