A woman who was trampled by cows was attempting to save her six-year-old granddaughter from the charging herd, rescuers have said.

The grandmother was described as severely injured, but the young girl was released after a short time in hospital.

The herd charged at the pair and two dogs, who were on leads, while they walked the footpath from Capel Curig to Crimpiau in Snowdonia on Sunday.

Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue team carried the woman to an air ambulance and she was taken to the Royal Stoke Hospital, Stoke-on-Trent.

The rescue team said two cyclists chased the cattle away.

"Shortly after, the cows charged again and the woman was trampled while protecting the child," they told the BBC.

The girl was taken to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd in Bodelwyddan for treatment, but was released a short time later.