Gate in the Gwaun Valley. Photo credit Ieuan Yusuf George
But I’ll own up to being rather nervous of bullocks and heifers, as well as bulls – which often means avoiding fields that (from a distance) appear to have cows in. In my recent experience, these bovine teenagers are nosey animals and even walkers without dogs, who hug the edge of the field and walk purposefully towards the nearest stile can arouse such curiosity that the whole herd comes thundering across the field to investigate. So far they have always stopped just short but my fertile imagination informs me of what might happen if they fail to stop in time .. and it worries me.
So, when approaching a field of ‘cows’ all I look for is a nice full udder. If I don’t see it, I’ll walk the long way round.