On the 11th October, 2015, we were walking along a public footpath near Scouts Dike, Penistone in South Yorkshire, with our dogs on a lead.
As we walked through the field, the cows surrounded us. Then one charged – hitting me full force in the face and sending me head over heels backwards. I landed 20 ft away dazed and floored.
I’d inadvertently let go of the dogs’ leads. The herd was now behind me and kept at bay by the dogs barking. I could hear my partner shouting “get to your feet” as he was worried about the cow trampling me.
When I gathered my wits and looked up, the same cow had dipped its head and was attempting to charge at me again.
My partner, Scott, threw his arms round the cows neck trying to impede its charge. Fortunately he succeeded. The cow aborted its charge and headed off up the field, followed by the rest of the herd.
We cautiously walked to the closest perimeter wall – whilst keeping an eye on the herd.
Just when we thought we were safe, the herd began closing in at speed. Luckily, we managed to extricate the dogs and ourselves over the wall and barbed wire fence – just in time. The cows were really vocal when we were leaving.
I was left with a broken nose, two black eyes and broken ribs. The dogs were unharmed.
We reported the attack to the police, but they never got back to us. We don’t think cattle should be near public footpaths as they are a danger to the public.
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