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Walking near cows

Our Lincoln Red cattle and their calves are out enjoying the estate and you may encounter them whilst walking on our footpaths.

It’s important to be mindful and respectful of animals, particularly during spring when cattle are rearing their young. Our cows are not confined to one field but have the freedom to roam over many fields. From Monday 02 October, some of our cattle will be given more room to roam on the Georgie Twigg Track. Find out more.

Cattle on your path

What do you do when cattle are obstructing the path? Find another way, by going around the cattle and giving a wide berth. If cattle are blocking a path through a field, find a safe way away from the path to avoid them. You should then rejoin the footpath as soon as possible – and when you consider it safe to do so.

Here’s some advice on what do when walking near cattle:


  • Stop, look and listen on entering a field. Look out for any animals and watch how they are behaving, particularly cows with calves
  • Avoid getting between cows and their calves
  • Be prepared for cattle to react to your presence, especially if you have a dog with you
  • Move calmly and quietly, and if possible walk around the herd
  • Keep your dog close, on a short lead at all times, and under effective control
  • Remember to close gates behind you when walking through fields containing livestock
  • Keep us informed if you experience any problems on 01522 694308 / info@doddingtonhall.com


  • Don’t attempt to touch or feed our animals – by doing so you are putting yourself and others at risk
  • Don’t hang onto your dog if you are threatened by cattle – let it go as the cattle will be more interested in the dog and not you
  • Don’t put yourself at risk by walking close to cattle
  • Never get between cows and their calves
  • Don’t panic or run – most cattle will stop before they reach you; if they follow just walk on quietly

Find out more about keeping yourself safe when walking a dog near cows with Graeme Hall:

Find out more about walking near livestock by reading the Countryside Code.

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