Close escape: chased across a river!

On the 23rd September, 2018, I was walking along a public right-of-way near Wolsingham, County Durham. I was on my own, and didn’t have a dog with me.

I noticed there were cows in the field, but they were in the far corner, so I wasn’t concerned. I crossed a river using stepping stones put there for this purpose, and found a lone cow on the other side. It was standing by the gate out of the field, and it wouldn’t move.

Turning around, I discovered the rest of the herd had crossed the river too. They were right behind me.

The cows chased me back to the river, and followed me until the water was waist high. I manged to cross to the other side and escaped over a barbed wire fence. I suffered some minor injuries from climbing over the fence, but luckily didn’t need medical attention.

There were no warning signs about the cattle, and I did not run or make any aggressive movement towards them. I have reported the incident to the Ramblers. As far as I know, it is not being investigated further.

I would like people to be warned that cows were in the field, or the cows should be moved elsewhere and not be on a public footpath.


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