List of licensed trail hunts

Upper Derwent Valley, Peak District

Hunting wild mammals with dogs was made illegal in England and Wales in 2004; National Trust land is no exception. The Trust issues annual licences to trail hunts, a legal activity where an artificial scent is laid and then followed by a pack of hounds and people on foot or on horseback.

It’s important that visitors know where and when they might come across this outdoors activity.

Information on where licensed trail hunts take 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 trail 'hunt' groups which run the trails, if you need any further information.


The trail ‘hunting’ season is now closed and there are no licences in operation on Trust land at this time. The season normally runs from approximately September through to April each year.

Please check again nearer the time for updates and when licences are approved, we’ll 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 from them.

Winter panorama, Parke, Devon

Trail hunting FAQs 

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