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.

The Trust does licence trail hunting in some areas and at certain times of the year, where it is compatible with our aims of public access and conservation.

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.