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6 September 2017: It is with tremendous sadness that I have to give the news that dear Ron passed away peacefully last night. Those of you who have followed him on his FB page will know that he was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends. His website will remain in perpetuity as his legacy to the sporting traditions and social history of the Lake District.





THE FLYING WHIP :The Story of Braithwaite 'Brait' Wilson and the Ullswater Foxhounds











Volume One




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An Introduction to Fox Hunting

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A Happy NEW YEAR!!





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Click here to see the Members January Draw 2018....

                                                                       & CHRISTMAS DRAW 2017


Dot wishes to thank everyone for their support by selling and buying tickets, providing prizes and to The Swinside Inn for hosting us.




was held on Sunday 22nd October at Caldbeck Village Hall


Johnny Richardson was born on the first of November 1918 at Pike Side farm Ulpha the second son of Jeremiah [who was born at Potts Ghyll Caldbeck] and Grace Richardson.

His life lasted 69 years which could be divided into three different stories:

Part one of his life was spent moving from farm to farm as his family grew and the boys left school to assist with work on the farm. Johnny and his brothers worked amongst the Herdwick sheep which the Richardson family had bred for years and which they took with them from farm to farm and which still survived at Gatesgarth with Johnnie's sister in law Maureen and nephew Willy and now Johnny's sister Betty's family

Part two -This farming life was interrupted by the second world war when Johnny went off with the troops and fortunately for the hunting world managed to return but not without many an incident and escapade especially in Italy which makes a story in itself.

Part three - On his return from the war Johnny went into hunt service with the Blencathra Foxhounds as whipper in to George Bell from whom he took over the horn in 1949 and remained in office until his death in 1988.
He was the sixth huntsman of the Blencathra and those folk who met him, knew him and talked with him would agree that he was a remarkable man with a remarkable memory for hounds and hunting and a passionate love of sheep, farming and Lake District life.

Click on Johnny's picture for a picture gallery - some dating back to the 1950's




What makes a Fell Hound different from the other Foxhounds at the Festival of Hunting? Hannah Brook-Lawson caught up with Barry Todhunter, huntsman of the Blencathra Fell Hounds, to find out more



Interviewed and Photographed by the Cumberland News

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Interviewed and Photographed by the Cumbria Magazine

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                        For those who just want to see pictures of Hounds!!                                  

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                                                                                                                                                  Thanks to D Elliott   







"hunting is fundamental to the lives and cultural heritage of Cumbrian people"




The Lake District has been hit hardest by the Hunting Act of 2004, says Johnny Scott, tracing the history of the region’s fell packs – once the first line of defence against predation for farmers




Click here to read the article by Johnny Scott in the latest edition of the Field Magazine



This is Charlie Pye-Smiths new book.

  Sir Nicholas Soames (MP) described it as a “masterpiece of sensible, down-to-earth, practical, knowledgeable words and the most brilliant photographs.I am wholly confident that it will provide guidance for the Government, for opinion formers and above all that it will prove useful to conservationists, landholders and the poor, wretched practitioners who strive against the odds to improve or maintain biodiversity in our truly marvellous and much put-upon countryside.”


and Kate Hoey (MP)added:

“Certain animal rights groups have convinced the public, much of the media and many politicians that there are only two camps – one that likes wild animals and doesn’t kill them and another group that kills them just for fun. That situation suits the animal rights groups, but it could not be further from the truth. Wildlife management covers a range of activities, not all involving the culling of wild animals, but it is naive to think wildlife can be properly managed without some form of culling.” The book, she added, should be read by all those who genuinely want to improve the management and welfare of wild animals.


The Facts of Rural Life is published by the Veterinary Association for Wildlife Management. Copies can be obtained from Brian Fanshawe, Old School House, Ashley, Tetbury, Gloucestershire GL8 8SX (£10 per copy or £8 each for five copies or more).


Charlie Pye-Smith is the author of "Rural Rites: hunting and the politics of prejudice". The book provides detailed analysis of the history of the 2004 Hunting Act, the issues underlying it and the situation created by its enactment. "This book has an application which goes so much further than hunting and animal welfare. It shows us the ease with which bad law can be made, how simple it is to spin the facts, and how readily the rights of minorities can be obliterated". Published by the All Party Parliamentary Middle Way Group. Charlie is the author of over a dozen books, click on the book cover to......

visit his website and download /read the book as a pdf.

An Introduction to Fox Hunting is a 16-page document, designed to introduce the younger generation to hunting with hounds. Specifically focused at targeting the secondary school age range, the booklet covers a wide variety of topics including some facts about the fox as a species, a guide to a day’s hunting, some important hunting terms and a word search.




The booklet has an informative but fun tone and, with plenty of illustrations, has been designed to stimulate the younger mind.



Click Here to see/download a copy



FOR the LOVE of HUNTING ENGLAND  -- check out the new website

Barry is to be a regular contributor as one of the 'Hunting Personalities'---

read his first article here  










A toast lads to all the Fell Packs!!

Rydal Show 1950s



Rydal Show 2016