Trail Hunting on National Trust Land 2020/2021

This is a reminder to all Hunts trail hunting on National Trust land, that the licence application deadline is Friday 2nd October.  Any Hunts that haven’t yet applied and are planning to Hunt on National Trust land please complete the applications as soon as possible. 
It is essential that Hunts have the necessary licence in place in order to Hunt on National Trust land.   
Key changes to the licence for 2020/2021 (highlighted in yellow on each document):

  • Group size currently limited to 30 participants.
  • Covid clause in the licence ensuring adherence to Government and Hunting Office guidance.
  • No applications for ceremonial meets at this time (this will be kept under review).
  • Each application must be accompanied by a thorough Risk Assessment which includes specific measures to ensure Covid Secure compliance.
    The Licence and the Application Form, as well as a few Risk Assessment Templates which hunts are welcome to use should they wish. Please be aware that although the generic Risk Assessment can help, the individual Risk Assessment done by each hunt must reflect the specific circumstances and mitigations in place as well as any particular considerations for the National Trust location.
    Please do not hesitate to contact The Hunting Office if you require further assistance

Hunting Office update: 

The following links have been provided by the Hunting office, Editable versions have been requested from them and will be posted as soon as available

Covid 19 Hunt Follower Instructions Template

Organising Hunting Days for a group of over 30 people

The Government have stated it is against the law for gatherings of more than 30 people to take place in private homes (including gardens and other outdoor spaces) or in a public outdoors space, unless planned by an organisation in compliance with COVID-19 Secure guidance. Businesses can host larger groups provided they take reasonable steps to mitigate the risk of transmission, in line with COVID-19 Secure guidance and including completion of a risk assessment. Gatherings of more than 30 people which are unable to demonstrate compliance with Covid-19 Secure Guidance may result in large fines from the police.
Any pack wishing to organise hunting activities for more than 30 mounted followers, must do so in
accordance with the Covid-19 Secure Guidelines. click here



Information and contact details for the leading packs of bloodhounds and draghounds around the British Isles  Many now have their own web sites, and the “Member ” page has links through to each hunt’s web sites where available.

All the hunts welcome visitors.

Drag hunting dates back to the early 1800s. It involves the pursuit of hounds following an artificial scent laid down by a runner or mounted rider.

Bloodhounds follow the ‘clean boot’, the scent of a human quarry.

Novice rider or professional, young or old – the traditional sports of draghunting and riding to bloodhounds are a great way to spend time with your horse!

  • optional jumps for all abilities
  • hunt built fences plus natural obstacles such as stone walls, hedges, ditches & farm fences
  • a unique opportunity to ride over beautiful and often privately owned country
  • foot followers always welcome
  • friendly and fun social scene

Our  packs will offer you great hunting and a warm welcome.