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Walkers 'need to be aware' when near livestock

Posted by Greg Throughton

Caravan taps owners who travel around the UK taking advantage of the wonderful scenery while walking have been advised to make sure they are on their guard when walking close to livestock.

Ramblers, the walking charity, has reminded walkers to keep dogs under control when strolling through the countryside and to remain as quiet as possible when in the vicinity of livestock.

The charity has also suggested that legislation should be reviewed which currently allows animals to roam near public footpaths, causing unnecessary interactions between walkers and livestock.

Rachel Alcock, Ramblers campaign officer, said: "The Ramblers advises people to walk carefully and quietly near livestock and to close gates when walking through fields containing animals."

She added that the organisation had worked closely with the National Farmers Union over cattle management issues and hopes to continue to do so.

Sustrans, the sustainable transport charity, has launched a campaign to keep the walking routes across the country open for years to come as it fears that some historic footpaths may be under threat from future funding cuts.

In other news, the National Trust has drawn up a guide showing ancient tree walks, where individuals can see some fascinating flora and fauna.