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#3712 - 03/04/07 10:50 AM Cows
barney44 Offline
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Registered: 27/09/05
Posts: 99
Loc: Brisbane, Qld, Australia
This may seem a stupid question , but has anyone experienced any problems with cows/cattle on the Dales Way?
I had a very bad experience with cattle on the last day of the Pennine Way a few years ago, and since then have been very wary. I have to admit that on other LDW's on the odd occasion I have resorted to road walking for short stretches to avoid being in the same fields as cows.
Being a city lad of 62 years from Brisbane, and always walking alone, I do not have much experience with farm inhabitants!

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#3713 - 03/04/07 04:17 PM Re: Cows
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Registered: 02/12/05
Posts: 248
Loc: Rotherham, South Yorkshire
Hello Barney,

When you are walking through the valley's of the Dales and Lake District you are bound to come across cattle etc. I have never experienced any problems with cattle including bulls. From my recollection you will pass through fields containing bulls/cattle 1) on the riverside between Hebden and Grassington 2) Between Kettlewell and Starbotton 3)Between Grayrigg and Shaw End (they are beyond an electric fence here) and 4) On the approach to the finsh in Bowness. I appreciate cattle can be placed in other fields etc. by farmers at any time but these are the 4 places I know about now.

My advice is be patient, don't get between a heifer and her calves if you can avoid it and don't panic. Just let the cattle move off and you will be fine. You shouldn't have too many problems in July.

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#3714 - 03/04/07 05:37 PM Re: Cows
kevanliz Offline
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Registered: 11/04/05
Posts: 163
Loc: London
Cows? Dales Way? Do you mean these bovine gangsters waiting to pick your pockets at the end of the walk?

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#3715 - 03/04/07 06:58 PM Re: Cows
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Loc: Rotherham, South Yorkshire
They are the very ones kev - but I got a close up photo of the big brown bull - to the annoyance of my dear wife.

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#3716 - 03/04/07 07:53 PM Re: Cows
Stottie Offline
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Registered: 21/02/07
Posts: 568
Loc: Derbyshire, England
Give 'em space, and don't get between a cow and a calf.
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#3717 - 03/04/07 11:37 PM Re: Cows
Lounge Lizard Offline
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Registered: 07/05/06
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Loc: Stafford
barney. Trouble is that once they sense that you're worried about them they will hastle you and take delight in chasing you out of the field.

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#3718 - 04/04/07 07:34 PM Re: Cows
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Registered: 12/06/05
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Loc: West Lancs.
Young bullocks may run around and follow you, block your path, but be confident just hold your line and they will part, letting you through. If they are running and get too close, just suddenley stop and shout at them, thay will get the message. I f a cow is lay down on the path just give a wide berth around it.
Dave.

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#3719 - 05/04/07 01:11 AM Re: Cows
barney44 Offline
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Registered: 27/09/05
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Loc: Brisbane, Qld, Australia
Thanks folks for all your replies and good advice!
I guess I'll just have to gird my loins, put my best foot forward, stare them straight in the face, and if all else fails, run like mad! (Just joking - I know not to run.)
Barney

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#3720 - 06/04/07 02:39 PM Re: Cows
AlanCS Offline
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Registered: 28/11/05
Posts: 46
Loc: Colchester
I always thought you shouldn't make eye contact with any potentially aggressive animals. Have I always been wrong? Alan

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#3721 - 06/04/07 03:22 PM Re: Cows
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Loc: West Lancs.
No you are correct. Looking in their general direction is the way, but not eyeball to eyeball.
Dave.

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