On the 25th of June, 2020, I was walking with my friend and his dog. We were on a footpath on Bethecar Moor, near Oxen Park, in Cumbria. We crested a hill in the middle of a field, and saw that cattle were dispersed generally across the field, so it was not possible to walk around them.
One cow broke away and made towards us. My friend moved away with the dog on the lead, as I faced the cow and held up my walking poles.
The cow stopped. But, as I turned to walk away, it began running at me. I turned and faced it again and it slowed down, allowing my friend and dog to progress further away. This happened a few times – until we both got near enough to the field’s edge to run away.
We weren’t injured, but we were badly frightened.
If a field is crossed by a public footpath, then the pathway should be sectioned off from cattle in the same place.
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