Dogs in the Countryside

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path covers an amazing 186 miles of coastal scenery. This is great with your dog at any time of the year. It is important when out in the countryside with your dog that you adhere to the Country Code, keeping dogs on the lead near other animals and making sure you shut gates behind you.

Some fields you pass through will have cattle in them and it is worth treating them with caution. They may appear intimidating but they are generally just interested in people who are walking by! However, the Ramblers Association has issued the following advice to assist walkers who encounter cattle:

  • Move quietly and carefully and walk around the cattle. Be sure not to unintentionally "herd" cattle into a confined space where their only way out is back past you.
  • Never pass between a cow and its calf.
  • Leave all gates as you found them.
  • Be prepared for cattle to react to you, especially if you have a dog with you.
  • Always keep your dog close and on the lead.


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Did you know that when the Wales Coast Path opens in May 2012 it will be the only continuous trail on the planet to run the full length of a country's coast! The 870 mile trail would take around 70 days to walk but would take in 18 medieval castles, 11 nature reserves and dozens of beautiful beaches. Check out the Pembrokeshire section when you are holidaying in Tenby or check out the official website: Wales Coast Path!