Coakham Bloodhounds News

Sunday 18th April
12 noon
Underriver, Kent 

by very kind permission of Mr B Brooks


This will be a shorter than usual day's hunting to allow horses, hounds and riders to cope after a long period with no hunting.


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Subscribers and ticket holders can book in now at . Any spare spaces can be booked on a first come first served basis after 5pm Thursday. Full meet details to follow.


All government guidelines must still be strictly adhered to.

Spring Ride

Bank Holiday Monday 3rd May 2021
Starting from Barons Grange,

Readers Lane, Iden TH31 7UU

Approximately 8 miles over private farmland, orchards and riverbanks with optional jumping.

Start times between 9am and 2pm
Entry fee: £25




Enquiries to Alex Wheeler 


Take away refreshments and toilets available


Photographer on the course

Covid-19 restrictions will apply and entries will be limited

In aid of the Coakham Bloodhounds & the KSS Air Ambulance

Resumption of Hunting
The Hunt Committee met recently to discuss the possibility of a resumption of hunting.  Assuming there are no changes to present government timelines and plans we would hope to resume hunting on Good Friday.  Any hunting will be subject to ruling Covid guidelines and will be open to full subscribers and 8 day ticket holders only.  Given the lapse since we were last out, hunting will be akin to pre-season puppy hunting over shorter distances with limited, optional jumping.  We must also take account of our land owning hosts' farming conditions, and lambing and calving.  Should we be able to resume as intended we will publish meets on a weekly basis.  Please watch Facebook and this website for further updates.
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Important Information About Hunting This Season


The Hunt Committee met on Tuesday 1st September to determine the modus operandi for hunting this Season in the present Covid 19 pandemic.  This is:


  • You must not come hunting if you, or anyone in your household, has Covid 19 symptoms or is self-isolating.
  • Please take reasonable steps to observe social distancing.
  • Please wash your hands before leaving for hunting and sanitise them regularly throughout the day where possible.
  • Please ensure you have a facemask and hand sanitiser with you whilst riding in case you are asked to assist in an emergency and cannot maintain a social distance.
  • As always follow the Field Master’s instructions and try not to crowd in gateways or at checks.
  • Sadly, at this stage, we cannot offer a Stirrup Cup nor will we be able to offer Tea. You are welcome to bring your own refreshments and consume them at an appropriate social distance. We do not condone the sharing of hip flasks and the like in the field and ask that you respect this request until restrictions are eased.
  • You must sign a current disclaimer and ensure we have your details so that we can observe track and trace requirements.


The Committee has determined that the field must be limited to thirty mounted followers who will form a “bubble”. Huntsman and staff will remain entirely separate throughout the day and will form a different “bubble”, as will the Quarry. Car and foot followers do not fall within the remit, but we ask that everyone respects the rules and guidance and endeavours to observe them at all times.

To meet the restrictions we will return to booking in, which will be done by email to facilitate track and trace obligations. Priority is given to Full Subscribers and Ticket Holders, in that order.

The Committee fully appreciates that for many occasional followers who hunt on Cap and have been huge supporters in recent Seasons this may mean that hunting opportunities are limited this Season. Wherever possible we will advertise vacant spaces and as soon as restrictions ease we may be able to accept more followers.

Booking in will be as follows:


Subscribers and Ticket Holders can pre-book their place on any meet on the published card in advance.

Sunday meets – open to Caps (if there are spaces) on the Wednesday before. Booking closes at midday on the Thursday before to allow for administration. If you are coming out on Cap you must pay as soon as your booking is confirmed. This is not refundable.


Wednesday meets – open to Caps (if there are spaces) on the Sunday before. Booking closes at midday on the Monday before. If you are coming out on Cap you must pay as soon as your booking is confirmed. This is not refundable.

The email account for bookings is we cannot accept bookings by any other medium or we will fall into chaos.

The Committee accepts this is both a draconian and cumbersome regime but if it enables us to hunt safely and within the guidance it will be worth it. As the pandemic plays out we hope to ease some of these requirements.

Hunt Merchandise

To order Hunt Merchandise text Lisa Baker on 07940071349, message her on Facebook or look out for her at forthcoming rides/hunts and other CBH events.

The Coakham Bloodhounds are one of the oldest Bloodhound packs in the UK, and they hunt over a wide area in Kent and Sussex. They hunt "the cleanboot" (ie the unadulterated human scent left by a man or woman running ahead of the pack). Hunting with a pack of bloodhounds is one of the least artificial method of hunting organised quarry, and, whereas a fox will run freely, a human quarry can make more effective use of the increasingly urbanised countryside. The hounds hunt by scent alone, unlike many other breeds of hounds that hunt by sight.

First Time Out?

Read our First Time Out Guide to help make your first hunt with the Coakham Bloodhounds both enjoyable and safe. 

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