This site celebrates trail hunting with hounds. We are here to share our experiences and exchange best practice. Please upload your photos and videos of trail hunting to our Facebook page.
We are NOT a regulatory organisation. Hunting with hounds is administered and supervised by the Hunting office. Please see link.
Trail-laying uses an artificial scent to mimic the traditional art of fox hunting.
We use hounds that would have once been used for fox hunting but, unlike drag hunting, trail layers 'lift the rag' frequently. This not only makes our hounds work harder to find the scent (which is wonderful to watch), but it produces a much more realistic outcome.
Most trail-laying clubs emerged from old packs of foxhounds and still use the same 'hunting country', which means we are not competing with Drag packs for territory or their membership.
Trail hunting tends to mimic traditional hunting more accurately and produces a more sedate pace over easier obstacles (smaller jumps!), which accommodates a wider range of abilites.
Trail hunting gives rural people unparalleled access to their own countryside and a sense of community that would otherwise be lost to them during the long winter months.
It creates jobs, a feeling of common purpose, and maintains historic lines of hounds (and even horses) that would also be lost forever.
Foxhounds do not make good house pets! This is the only way to keep these wonderful creatures alive and occupied.