Our position on trail hunting

Parc Farm, Great Orme, North Wales

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.

We paused trail hunting on National Trust land last year (2020) following leaked Hunting Office webinars and a resultant police investigation. We’ve been listening carefully to both sides of a highly polarised and passionate debate around trail hunting and will be considering a number of issues before reviewing our position on trail hunting later this year. This means we will not be operating the usual licence application process during this period.

Upper Derwent Valley, Peak District

Where to find licensed trail hunts 

Find information on where licensed trail hunting will be taking place and maps of the areas concerned. As licences are approved, the information will be updated.

Winter panorama, Parke, Devon

Trail hunting FAQs 

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

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