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Paths in Warwickshire give access to farms where fields are grazed by cattle. Cattle will invariably approach walkers out of curiosity and you should be prepared for cattle to react to your presence, especially if you have a dog with you. Farmers are aware of the public rights of way that cross their land and the need to ensure that livestock will not endanger walkers. It is sensible, however, to treat the cattle you encounter with caution. Cows' behaviour can change when they are calving or accompanied by very young calves and they can become extremely protective. Be particularly wary of cows with young calves, which may feel threatened by the dog.

Keep your dog on a lead unless you feel a cow is threatening to attack. If this looks likely, let it go and make our own way to safety.

The Countryside Council for Wales has this advice for walkers who encounter cattle:

  • Move carefully and quietly; walk around cattle

  • Be particularly wary of situations where you may unintentionally be 'herding' cattle into a confined space where their only means of escape is back past you.

  • Never pass between a cow and its calf.

  • Leave all gates as you found them.

  • Be prepared for cattle to react to your presence, especially if you have dog with you.

  • Always keep your dog close and under proper control, ideally on a lead.