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











the Case for Hunting here


An Introduction to Fox Hunting

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"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 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).



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



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.







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With a remarkable record of service to the Blencathra of 21 years as Secretary and 17 as Master, Mr Michael Thompson has decided to step down. He has seen us through the anxious years following the restrictions imposed by the ‘Hunting Act’ with great skill and determination and has been an example to all in leadership and diplomacy. We must respect his example by continuing to remain ourselves, continuing our tradition within the Law.

Following him, as Joint Masters, are Mr Robert Hilton Fell BEM and Mr Barry Todhunter, who continues as Huntsman.


I appeal to you all for your continued support.

Myles Walker (Chairman)

Anyone who wishes to contribute towards a presentation to Michael Thompson, should, please, send it to our Hon treasurer.


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Click HERE To See the Hounds for the 19/20 Season and details of how to SPONSOR one of them!!



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





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

Click on picture above for gallery

                                                                                                                                                  Thanks to D Elliott   




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!!

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Rydal Show 2016