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Walking near livestock: Do's and Don'ts

• Try to 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 quickly and quietly, and if possible walk around the herd.

• Keep your dog close and under effective control on a lead around cows and sheep

• Don’t hang onto your dog. If you are threatened by cattle - let it go as the cattle will chase the dog.
• Don’t put yourself at risk. Find another way round the cattle and rejoin the footpath as soon as possible.
• Don’t panic or run. Most cattle will stop before they reach you. If they follow just walk on quietly.

Walking Near Horses

As a Walk Leader - some points to think about:

  1. Always carry a map and compass, and know how to use them.
  2. A first aid kit is an essential addition to your kit, along with a basic knowledge of first aid. See First Aid - Tips for Walkers
  3. Always carry a mobile phone and a whistle and know the emergency  “6 blast” rule so you are able to call for assistance in case of an emergency.
  4. Always adjust your pace to the slowest member of the group, especially in bad weather.
  5. Always carry a torch and spare batteries, especially during the winter months.
  6. Be prepared for changes in the weather by carrying spare clothing and emergency food.
  7. Appoint a back-marker to assist with looking after the group.

Emergency Situation Information

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