Roaring cattle

We are both experienced walkers in our fifties and are used to walking through fields with cattle in, and most of the time without any problem. In September, the two of us were walking on a public right of way near Uldale, in the Lake District.

As we approached a stile, we heard a roar to our left, and I saw some cattle rushing down the hill towards us. There were about eight of them, possibly bullocks, and they were coming very fast. One of the beasts was roaring away. An alarming sound.

We quickly got over the stile, with only a second to spare before the cattle reached us.

The ground was soft and boggy, and the animals found it difficult to come to a halt. They skidded before stopping and we reckon they would have hit us if we hadn’t moved.

They continued to roar at us over the fence, and were very aggressive and threatening.

We had a few comments from people like “oh they were probably just being curious” and “cows aren’t dangerous”.

In my opinion, these cattle were dangerous and we were lucky not to have been hurt. They were NOT just being curious, or hoping we had food for them, and we didn’t have a dog with us. I dread to think what might have happened if we hadn’t been so close to the stile.

It was a frightening experience.

The trouble is with cattle, you just don’t know how they are going to react when they see you. In an ideal world, cattle should not be put in fields with public rights of way running though them.


Our comments: Thank you for reporting your story to us. It’s strange how people will dismiss cattle attacks as due to mere curiosity. Experienced walkers can usually tell the difference between an aggressive animal and a curious one.

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