John’s story is a reminder that encounters with cattle can be frightening, particularly when unexpected, and can spoil our enjoyment of the countryside.
In September of this year, I was walking with my wife along the Isle of Wight Coast Path. We were about a mile west of Bouldnor Copse on the north coast of the island, and there was a diversion on the coast path.
Unfortunately, along the diversion were cattle, and they were protecting a calf.
We were badly frightened and nearly forced to turn back, but a young man was working with a tractor nearby, and he came over and kept the cows away while we went though the field.