Hounds hot on the trail


Hounds were hot on the scent across Romney Marsh last week when the Coakham Bloodhounds made a welcome return to the area for another exhilarating day for both their mounted and foot followers.

Unlike foxhunting, made illegal in 2005, the bloodhounds, based at Ashburnham near Battle, follow the “clean boot” – the human scent left by a man or woman running ahead of the pack. All their meets are held by the generous invitation of farmers and landowners, which is greatly appreciated by members as this type of hunting offers no clear benefit to farmers.

The meet at Honeychild Farm near St Mary-in-the-Marsh, was hosted by Amber Furnival, a great supporter of the bloodhounds, and the renowned ‘Honeychild hospitality’ of sausages, mini-roast potatoes and tipples of port was enjoyed by all – including some of the hounds.

Four lines were ‘laid’ by the quarry across old sheep pastures and arable field boundaries, providing a good galloping day for those on horseback, with an excellent selection of rails and obstacles to negotiate.

As usual, a generous tea was provided for all those who saw the day out.


Image Credits: Chris Lawson .

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