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    Liz Mapstone

    Does anyone have any ‘safe walking routes’ that involve use of a public right of way, where cows are grazed?

    We have an issue where one of our routes has between 3-10 beef stock kept in a field with no fencing.

    It is a well-used route by school children and dog-walkers; the latter are asked to keep dogs on leads.

    If you do and have any advice / risk assessment that would be amazing!

    Thank you

    Liz Mapstone


    Dear Liz – I assume you are using national guidelines for your assessments? If so, then if the route is of a reasonable surface and the livestock present no real threat, then you could argue it is an available route. However, if this is simply a route across a field then it is unlikely to be available. Happy to chat if you want to call me.

    Rob Camp

    E: rob.camp@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk
    T: 01305224548


    Thanks Rob

    Yes to national guidance – Emergency Covid-19 scheme to mitigate use of mixed age groups on home to school transport.

    The route is a public right of way, which runs the side of a field. The areas around the entry and exit to the field (kissing gates) are paved.

    There are signs asking for dogs to be kept on a lead – not applicable to school children unless they are being accompanied by a dog-walker.

    Liz Mapstone

    E: elizabeth.mapstone@n-somerset.gov.uk

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