List of licensed trail hunts

Upper Derwent Valley, Peak District

Hunting wild mammals with dogs was banned in England and Wales by the Hunting Act of 2004: National Trust land is no exception.

The law does allow what is known as trail ‘hunting’ to continue. This activity involves people on foot or horseback following a scent along a pre-determined route with hounds or beagles. It effectively replicates a traditional hunt but without a fox being chased, injured or killed.

In line with government guidance on Coronavirus to include social distancing and limits on participants, we are carefully reopening our places for individual visits and group activities as and when it is safe to do so. This is the same approach we are taking with trail hunting on Trust land where it is undertaken in accordance with our licence conditions and the law. Providing there are no changes to guidance over the coming weeks, this activity may resume from 5 October.

We think it’s important that visitors know where and when they might come across this outdoor activity.

Information on where licensed trail hunting takes place on our land will be provided here, as and when licences are approved, including dates and maps of the areas concerned. You’ll also find contact details for the groups which run the trails, if you need any further information.

Dates given are to the best of our knowledge; published dates may be subject to cancellation or rescheduling at the Trust’s discretion. Cancelled dates will be removed from the listing; and any new dates, including those that have been re-arranged, will be added to the listing in chronological order.  

For the latest information, please check with the trail hunting organiser using the contact details given.

As licences are approved, we will add them here:


Parc Farm, Great Orme, North Wales

Our position on trail hunting 

We recognise that trail hunting is an issue that polarises people's opinions and provokes strong reactions.

Winter panorama, Parke, Devon

Trail hunting FAQs 

Read some useful background information and the most frequently asked questions and answers on trail hunting.