Animals and Public Rights of Way

Animals, particularly cattle, on Public Rights of Way.


Bulls in fields crossed by Public Rights of Way

Dairy bulls over the age of 10 months are not allowed to range freely in a field through which a public footpath or public bridleway passes.

Cattle

Normally cattle are fairly docile animals, however, when they have young they can become very defensive if you walk a path. Please take care if you encounter a field of cattle with young and especially if you have a dog.

Dogs

You should keep your dog under close control. Dogs running free in fields where there is livestock cause landowners great concern however well behaved you think your dog is! Please keep your dog on a lead.

I don't want dogs in my fields and I'm going to stop walkers bringing their dogs on my land by changing the stiles

This is unwise. Dogs are considered as a normal accompaniment on a Public Right of Way. Any changes to a gate or stile that prevents the public from using the path may be considered to be an obstruction.

Dogs are fouling the path and it is very unpleasant. Can you do something about it please?

Please contact your local district or borough council about this.

Other animals

Some animals, for example ostriches, require an owner to have a license and be registered with us. They cannot therefore be kept in a field through which a Public Right of Way passes.

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