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  • Anyone else fallen foul of the Loch Damh dogs?
  • Premier Icon thegeneralist
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    Did the Ben Damh circuit today with the family and the dogs by the fish farm dock were in a proper nasty mood. Son1 got freaked and son2 got bitten on both legs. Didn’t break the skin but a bit bruised.

    Couldn’t see anyone about and reckon they had just left the dogs there whilst they worked the fish. Luckily there was a deer fence & gate just afterwards which we managed to get through and close on them.

    Anyone else encountered them?

    Premier Icon TheBrick
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    That’s nasty. Worth reporting IMO could have been really horrible if you son had fallen off and been jumped on.

    Premier Icon Oblongbob
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    Yeah, they chased me and a friend a month or so ago. Didn’t hang around and was glad I wasn’t with the family.

    Premier Icon Nobeerinthefridge
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    That’s horrendous, definitely report to police Scotland.

    Premier Icon thegeneralist
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    Lovely day for it though…

    (The ride, not being bitten)

    Premier Icon thegeneralist
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    Is there a way of reporting stuff without hanging on the non emergency number for hours on end?

    Online form or something?

    Premier Icon blakec
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    We are planning on doing that or the lollipop with the kids on Friday. Will keep an eye out as one of them isn’t fond of dogs at the best of times.

    Thanks

    Premier Icon markwsf
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    Please report this!

    Premier Icon thegeneralist
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    Blake have you done them both before?
    Would be interested in views on how kid friendly the lollipop is.
    Today was a bit much for the kids TBH, they were knackered from Wolftraxx, then a wild cycle&swim, then a run yesterday
    Too much hikeabike today. I loved the main Torridon Annat& Achnaschellach route but then love cycling up hill. Guessing the lollipop is a hardish route for kids as well?

    Premier Icon thegeneralist
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    Ok..had a quick Google. No lollipop for the kids.

    Premier Icon duncancallum
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    Kid friendly I’d say Kenmore to applecross n back.

    Premier Icon blakec
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    You sound like you have had a full week.

    No haven’t done either of them. We were thinking of the lollipop with the eldest who is pretty fit And used to a hard and long days riding. With an exit strategy at coulags if it was to much.

    The youngest would ride up from annat and ride back down again with the other half.

    Or

    we would do a family ride along loch damh. The other half has just seen your message and is thinking that it wouldn’t be a great idea, as we would scare the youngest for life if he was to get attacked by dogs. Is there a way around them?

    Or

    the traditional loop with just me and the eldest. And the other two go and do some bouldering at Torridon.

    We did applecross to kenmore and back the other day. The youngest found it hard going up the hill as the singletrack was rutted in places and he kept getting pedal strikes on his 24 inch bike. He did enjoy it on the way down though.

    Premier Icon gazzab1955
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    From the FIDO (Fighting Irresponsible Dog Ownership) website ……

    If a dog attacks you, your dog or another animal, you should report the incident to the police. If the attack is on your dog or another animal and you are told by the police that nothing can be done, do not take no for an answer – get an incident number and the contact details of the Dog Legislation Officer (DLO) for that area. DEFRA advises that every police service should have a trained police DLO, but if this is not possible, every police service must have agreed procedures in place to gain access to a police DLO in order to facilitate this guidance.

    The police may pursue your case under Section 3 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 (DDA) and a court could judge that a dog is dangerously out of control if:
    it injures a person, or
    behaves in a way that makes a person worried it might injure them – even if it’s in the dog owner’s own home or garden, or
    it injures another animal, or
    the owner of the other animal has reasonable apprehension that they could be injured if they tried to stop the dog attacking their animal.

    Any person found guilty of owning a dog that is dangerously out of control may face a fine of up to £1000 and/or imprisonment, and may be banned from owning a dog in the future, however, it is important to realise that the DDA tends only to be used in the most serious of cases, and so therefore it is vital that another piece of legislation, Section 2 of the Dogs Act 1871, be considered at the same time – particularly in cases where a dog attacks another domestic pet or livestock. A complaint should be made, and under Section 2 of the Dogs Act, civil proceedings brought before a Magistrates’ Court. This can be done by the police, local authorities, or individual members of the public. If the Magistrate is satisfied that the complaint is justified they can make any order they feel appropriate to require the owner to ensure that the dog is kept under proper control, or in extreme cases, destroyed. This is regardless of whether the dog is in a public or private place, or with or without its owner. When considering bringing an irresponsible dog-owner to task under Section 2 of the Dogs Act, it is always worth contacting your local council too. Because this piece of legislation is enforceable by councils, some do take a proactive role in dealing with dogs that may be dangerous, and may have a track record in obtaining control orders for individual dogs that attack other dogs and are not kept under proper control.

    Premier Icon elwoodblues
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    Please report this! That dog needs to be dealt with.

    When I was a kid, I was bitten by a dog close to where I lived… I was on my bike, it jumped a fence and bit me in the calf. I managed to scare it off. My parents did not report it, the dog’s owner was an old lady with no-one else but the dog for company. six months later that same dog attacked another kid, tore up her face, and she lost one of her ears.

    If I had been in your position, I would have kicked the living dayligths out of that dog, made sure it did not bite any innocent people again.

    Premier Icon MoreCashThanDash
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    Section 3 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 (DDA) and a court could judge that a dog is dangerously out of control if:
    it injures a person, or
    behaves in a way that makes a person worried it might injure them

    How the hell can these dogs be a known problem that is continuing given the legislation? Either people are not reporting incidents or it’s too far down the Police priority/resource list.

    Premier Icon Oblongbob
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    To be fair, in the past they’ve been a bit barky but weren’t too intimidating. Seems things have got worse. Agree it should be reported as it was a worrying when I went past, even if we didn’t get bitten. OP please do report.

    As for kids and the lollipop loop…only if they’re tough and fit. It’s a big day with a lot of rough riding and plenty of pushing. Up the annat path to the stepping stones or the pass and back would be a good taster.

    Premier Icon ElShalimo
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    Are there any CX/hybrid friendly routes around Torridon?
    We might stay on the way back from Lewis in a few weeks time

    Premier Icon thegeneralist
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    If I had been in your position, I would have kicked the living dayligths out of that dog,

    That thought had crossed my mind in retrospect and I’m not sure it would have been a good idea. There were at least three dogs, one of which was trying to get me and the other boy. Had we stopped it would have turned into a proper, full on fracas which would really have upset the kids. It would have escalated to proper bites, blood, 3 dogs on one person, absolutely middle of nowhere with no owner in site and nobody else around to help. Either I would have got properly savaged or I would have had to beat it to death with a rock or strangle it whilst the other two had about me or the other kids.

    Which, as said above, would have probably left a bigger, more negative imprint on the kids. And TBH, I’m not sure I would have been up to it. Would like to think so, but it’s easy to say from behind the safety of my keyboard.

    Will try an allocate an hour to sit on hold on 101 today.

    Is there a way around them?

    Yes indeed. The proper route goes down the east side of loch Damh. The dogs are very near the start (north end). You can bypass the whole loch by coming in from the “main” road on the south west corner of the Loch. But it would mean loads of road miles.

    And the other two go and do some bouldering at Torridon.

    Ooh, you don’t fancy taking an afternoon to do the Cioch nose with me do you? “The diff to end all diffs”

    PS, regarding the youngest on his 24″ bike and Beinn Damh, I’ve done Finale, Alps, Dragons Back, Chalamain Gap, Ullswater East and loads of other stuff with the kids. The big one did the WHW four years ago. There is no way they’d do Beinn Damh again. (Though that’s partly because they are knackered)

    Premier Icon captainclunkz
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    Seriously the OP needs to report this to the police. I was attacked by a farmers dog when I was 14, riding on a bridleway that went through a farm courtyard. I was bitten 6 times and needed hospital treatment, but it took about 10 years till I was comfortable being around dogs. My dad reported it too Calderdale police and seen as it wasn’t the first complaint about the dog, they took it away and euthanized it.

    Premier Icon thegeneralist
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    Currently on hold being repeatedly told that I should just give up and look on the website and that if I want to speak to an advisor it will be subject to significant delay.

    Premier Icon blakec
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    Ooh, you don’t fancy taking an afternoon to do the Cioch nose with me do you? “The diff to end all diffs”

    Would love to but might be beyond my capabilities. We have only just started climbing and only have some shoes and some mats.

    The big one did the WHW four years ago

    Yes that inspired me to take the eldest on the same trip he did it a few years ago when he was 9. Must say the younger doesn’t have the same motivation or stamina as the eldest.

    Also your Finale trip notes we are using as our guide for our trip in October assuming we can go.

    There is no way they’d do Beinn Damh again.

    Up the annat path to the stepping stones or the pass and back would be a good taster.

    That might be a plan as I really fancy a family ride as the 4 of us don’t get to ride together that often.

    Premier Icon brads
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    If the dogs had bitten any of mine I’d be back with the .22 and dealt with both of them.

    Premier Icon thegeneralist
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    Only on hold for ten minutes, bonus.
    Got an incident number, officer will be in touch….

    Premier Icon thegeneralist
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    Daern?

    Where you staying by the way?

    Premier Icon blakec
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    We are up at big sands as the kids insisted on a beach holiday. Though I think they had higher temperatures in mind.

    Premier Icon kcal
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    Good. Been bitten by a dog while on bike; so firmly it remained clamped on for several yards. Still got scars. reported and dealt with pretty swiftly. Fine (I think) and compensation. Weirdly my companion that evening was then bitten by I think the same dog some years later. I think it was then put down.

    Premier Icon scotroutes
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    Are there any CX/hybrid friendly routes around Torridon?

    The route from the North into Lochs Clair and Coulin would be fine. Do it as an out and back, or descend into Achnashellach for a (very) big road return

    Or just head out on the Diabaig road. You could even extend it to Craig.

    Premier Icon greavo
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    Was it a Border Collie? They genuinely frighten me…. As pets (not working dogs) the owners never seem to be able to exert any kind of control around passing people. I’ve been bitten twice by that breed, first doing a school cross country run down a canal and then as an adult on an MTB.
    My mates think they’re a good judge of character 😉

    Premier Icon ElShalimo
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    @scotroutes – thanks for that. Most of our week on Lewis/Harris is following your suggestions !
    You should get a commission from the tourist board
    😉

    Premier Icon ElShalimo
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    Is the Kenmore-Applecross route doable on a CX/gravel bike?  Or is it more of proper MTB route?

    Premier Icon BoardinBob
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    Was it a Border Collie? They genuinely frighten me…. As pets (not working dogs) the owners never seem to be able to exert any kind of control around passing people.

    I love dogs. Owned a couple over the years. I am very wary of collies though. Only dog that’s ever bitten me was a collie. Cycling through a forest and a woman was standing talking to another with her collie off the lead, which ran over and bit me on the leg.

    She, without apologising, told me the dog didn’t like cyclists. I explained I didn’t like being bitten. The remaining conversation centred around her belief that her right to walk her (dangerous) dog off the lead, trumped my, or others, right to cycle in the forest without being bitten.

    Premier Icon duncancallum
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    Big sands in gairloch?

    It’s worth a road ride out past badachro to the bay or out to the lighthouse

    Premier Icon scotroutes
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    I’ll also, once again, recommend the route from Poolewe up to the Bad Bog, or even to Carnmore (though the latter develops into a MTB track)

    Premier Icon Nobeerinthefridge
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    I love dogs. Owned a couple over the years. I am very wary of collies though. Only dog that’s ever bitten me was a collie. Cycling through a forest and a woman was standing talking to another with her collie off the lead, which ran over and bit me on the leg.

    She, without apologising, told me the dog didn’t like cyclists. I explained I didn’t like being bitten. The remaining conversation centred around her belief that her right to walk her (dangerous) dog off the lead, trumped my, or others, right to cycle in the forest without being bitten.

    Had that exact same scenario with a Border Collie in the lakes, sounds like the same fanny that had that dog too. Only other time I’ve been bitten was cycling through a farm by, yes you guessed it, a BC. Managed to boot that one in the chops when it came back for a second bite.

    Premier Icon rickon
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    Please report this! That dog needs to be dealt with.

    You mean the owners. No dog is born a bad dog, they are raised that way.

    Was it a Border Collie? They genuinely frighten me…. As pets (not working dogs) the owners never seem to be able to exert any kind of control around passing people.

    Border Collies are the most amazing breed, they’re so rewarding to work with, smart and have an incredible work ethic.

    Like any dog, if they’re trained well, given rules and boundaries they should have zero cause for anyone to worry about.

    It’s not the dog, the breed, or dogs in general. It’s certain people who decide to own dogs that need dealing with.

    This is coming from someone who has worked with a lot of dogs, trainers and owners. And rescued Collies.

    OP – or anyone who’s encountered these dogs at Loch Damph – please report them to the police. Next time it could be a lot worse.

    Premier Icon tomd
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    Is the Kenmore-Applecross route doable on a CX/gravel bike? Or is it more of proper MTB route?

    IME yes, but it wouldn’t be ideal and maybe a proper CX portage required in a couple of spots. If you were going to do it on such a bike you could do it as a circuit with Belach Na Ba. Quite a big ride then but nice, always good to say you’ve ridden over the highest road in the UK.

    Premier Icon ElShalimo
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    @sctoroutes – cheers

    Have you walked up Boasbheinn? Could we use the hybrid bikes to get in a bit closer from the Gairloch road side? I’ve wanted to walk up it since seeing it from the Horns of Alligin many years ago

    Premier Icon scotroutes
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    I’ve not done Baosbheinn but I’ve cycled the track up to the south end of Loch na h-Oidhche a couple of times. The track is pretty good up to the boathouse at the north end of the loch and then deteriorates.

    FWIW, Poca Buidhe is no longer a bothy, The estate locked it after it was getting trashed.

    Premier Icon ransos
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    Quite a big ride then but nice, always good to say you’ve ridden over the highest road in the UK.

    Not even close to being the highest road!

    The 13 highest roads to ride in the UK

    Premier Icon duckman
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    Aye, after a couple of guys spent years and a chunk of their own money making it a lot nicer that the damp cave it was in the 80’s/early 90’s.

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