National Trust Advice - Walking Past Cows with your Dog


  • Prepare for cows to react to your presence, especially if you have a dog, as they may feel threatened by it
  • Try not to get between cows and their calves
  • Move quickly and quietly and if necessary move around the herd
  • Keep your dog close and under effective control - on a lead



  • Hang on to your dog if you feel threatened by cattle - let it go as they may chase it
  • Put yourself at risk - find another way around the cattle and re-join the footpath as soon as possible
  • Panic or run! If cows follow you, walk on quietly and calmly