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 have taken the decision to pause trail hunting on National Trust land and will not be granting any new licences for the remainder of the season. We do not currently have a date when this will be reviewed.

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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