Welcome to the Border Hound Trailing Association’s website.
Hound Trailing is an old Cumbrian sport that takes place up and down the local countryside most weekends from March through to October. The hounds travel in the region of 8 miles across fields & fells, following a scent of aniseed, which has been laid down for them to follow as a trail. The hounds race as fast as they can to be the first home for a reward of chicken or tripe – completing the course in less than 30 minutes. The hounds are shouted home by their owners calling their name & waving the bait bucket. Hounds run in different grades during the season collecting points for the coveted title of champion.
The Border Hound Trailing Association has very generous members who self support the group, and over each season raise thousands of pounds for charities and voluntary organisations & local communities.
Spectators are very welcome – dress warmly and bring your binoculars. There are usually warm drinks and snacks available. For the next trail date and where to find us, check out the fixtures tab.