The countryside is an inspiring place to walk but it can also be little daunting when cows and bulls are grazing near your path.
But the countryside is working environment and it's important to be mindful and respectful of farms and farm animals, particularly during spring when cattle are rearing their young.
Here’s some advice from our experts on what do when walking near cattle:
So what do you do when cattle are obstructing the path? Find another way, by going around the cattle. If cattle are blocking a path through a field, you’re well within your rights to find a safe way, away from the path to avoid them. You should then re-join the footpath as soon as possible – and when you consider it safe to do so.
Find out more about walking near livestock by reading the Countryside Code and Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
Find out more about animals and rights of way including what the law is and how to deal with problem animals.