Herd of COWS invade Yorkshire beach and take best tanning spots, leaving sunseekers to sit on rocks

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Mooooove out the way! Herd of brazen COWS invade a Yorkshire beach and take up the best tanning spots, as frustrated sunseekers are left to sit on nearby rocks

  • Jackie Holden, 47, witnessed the 24 cows stretched out along the beach
  • The cows were spotted at Gadding Dam, West Yorkshire, on Saturday August 13
  • The microbiologist said sunbathers were forced to lie on the edge of the beach
  • ‘It’s like something you’d expect to see in Goa’, she said

A herd of ill-tempered cows invaded a beach and stole all the best tanning spots – even taking a dip in the sea and leaving baffled sunseekers to sit frustrated on the nearby rocks.

Jackie Holden, 47, witnessed the cows when she headed down to Gadding Dam, West Yorkshire, on Saturday August 13.

She spotted the unusual sight of 24 cows stretched out at the beauty spot, often dubbed ‘Todmorden Beach’.

A herd of ill-tempered cows invaded Gadding Dam beach in West Yorkshire over the weekend

A herd of ill-tempered cows invaded Gadding Dam beach in West Yorkshire over the weekend

Pictured: Jackie Holden, 47, said she had never seen the cows on the beach before

Pictured: Jackie Holden, 47, said she had never seen the cows on the beach before

The 47-year-old watched in amazement as sunbathers were forced to lie on the edge of the beach as the brazen herd sprawled across the golden sand taking up the best sun spots.

Microbiologist Jackie claims she kept her distance after being chased by the cows before – but warned some visitors were taking ‘dangerous’ risks by letting their kids ‘swim among them’.

In further images taken on Sunday and posted on social media, Ms Holden noticed the cows had returned for a second day of sunshine.

The cows reportedly stole all the best tanning spots - even taking a dip in the sea and leaving baffled sunseekers to sit frustrated on the nearby rocks

The cows reportedly stole all the best tanning spots – even taking a dip in the sea and leaving baffled sunseekers to sit frustrated on the nearby rocks

At least 24 cows stretched out at the beauty spot, often dubbed'Todmorden Beach'

At least 24 cows stretched out at the beauty spot, often dubbed ‘Todmorden Beach’

Ms Holden, from Todmorden, Calderdale, said: ‘It was such an unusual sight.

‘I went up there yesterday and there were still on the beach. I think they’d made themselves at home there.

‘There were people just sunbathing with them yesterday. There were kids swimming among them.

‘It seemed a little dangerous to be honest. I’m wary of cows anyway because I’ve been chased a couple of times when we’ve been up there with the dog so I give them a wide berth.

Ms Holden, from Todmorden, Calderdale, said:'It was such an unusual sight'

Ms Holden, from Todmorden, Calderdale, said: ‘It was such an unusual sight’

‘They can be quite ill-tempted sometimes. I don’t know if they’re exceptionally docile at the moment because of the weather.

‘There were families up there on Sunday and they had their beach towels out, pop-up tents and the cows were just walking round sniffing at picnics.’

While the animals commonly roam in the moors, Jackie claims she had never seen them on the beach before – joking they appeared to have scared off most of the tourists.

Some social media users were clearly feeling for the cows

Some social media users were clearly feeling for the cows

Images of the cows started to circulate on Facebook, where locals began to react to the scene

Images of the cows started to circulate on Facebook, where locals began to react to the scene

'A lot of locals were happy about it' says Jackie, because'its been invaded by tourists recently'

‘A lot of locals were happy about it’ says Jackie, because ‘its been invaded by tourists recently’

Jackie said: ‘I’ve been going up there for years and sometimes [the cows] will head to the dam and have a little paddle.

‘But they don’t often go to the beach. I’ve never seen them lying on the beach before. Usually they go in at the opposite end and spend a bit of time on there.

‘It’s quite funny. I think a lot of the locals were quite happy about it because it’s been invaded by tourists recently.

‘It’s like something you’d expect to see in Goa or something. It’s not something you see every day.’

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