Family seek to warn walkers after tragic incident


A family from Manchester have spoken out after being victims of an attack by a herd of cattle whilst holidaying in Northumberland, resulting in the death of a member of the family. 

Marian Clode, 61, died after being attacked by the herd while out for a family walk on April 3 (Sunday) in Belford, Northumberland.

She was visiting the area with her husband, Christopher, 63, their daughter, Lucy Rowe, her husband, Kevin Rowe, and their two children (Marian’s Grandchildren), Oliver and Charlotte, staying at Swinhoe Farm Cottages. 

Mrs Clode and her family had been walking along a public bridle path which runs through the farm from the well-known national trust site St Cuthbert’s Cave when they were approached at speed by a herd of cattle.  One of the herd became aggressive, approaching Mrs Clode and repeatedly head-butted her.

Mr Rowe shepherded the rest of the party to safety in an adjoining field before returning to his mother-in-law who, by that time, was lying unconscious and face down in a field off the bridle path.  The farmer, Alistair Nixon, arrived on the scene several minutes after the attack, on a quadbike. 

An ambulance was called and both the Rowes and paramedics attempted resuscitation before Mrs Clode, from Ashton-under-Lyne, was airlifted to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle upon Tyne.  She sadly passed away on April 5 (Tuesday).

The family, who live in Hyde, has engaged Gordon Cartwright of JMW Solicitors to help guide them through the legal process to come, which will involve an inquest - a hearing likely to involve both Northumbria Police and the HSE - and want to ensure that they are adequately represented.

Gordon said: “The family’s main reason for sharing their story at this terribly distressing time is that they want to prevent other families going through such a traumatic experience. 

“The family are also aware that there is likely to be an inquest in the coming months and have asked that we help guide them though that process.  The strength and dignity they have shown in the face of this tragedy is admirable and I am proud to support them at this difficult time."


For more information or press enquiries:

Danielle Gibson

0161 828 8349 


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