The Cranwell Bloodhounds

The Cranwell Bloodhounds were formed in 1992 by Joint masters the late Philip Broughton and his wife Wendy, with a view to providing a day in the countryside that everyone could enjoy. Bloodhounds hunt the "clean boot" meaning that they hunt the natural scent of man i.e. a cross country runner. To do this, hounds are given an article of clothing to smell or the quarry will greet the hounds at the meet, thus giving the hounds ample time to get used to their scent.The quarry is given approximately 20 minutes head start prior to each of the three or four lines which are hunted each day. No artificial scent is used, just the natural smell of the quarry. The speed of the hunt may be determined by the terrain and atmospheric conditions i.e weather. This private pack of Bloodhounds enjoys around 20 days hunting in a season (from September to March). They meet most Sundays at the homes of friends at 12 noon and after the first two lines, (or hunts), rest for a while to enjoy the hospitality of the Masters, before continuing to arrive back at the boxes at

approximately 3.00pm 

COVID UPDATE 17th July 2020

A little update from the kennels. The hounds are all fit and well and have been walking out, soon to be joined by the hunt horses, (depending on the Covid 19 guidelines).  

At this moment in time, due to the coronavirus restrictions, we are not planning any summer rides. We are a social group, we meet, set off together and come home together as one group, currently you can only meet in groups of 6, so we are waiting and constantly reviewing the situation. As soon as the time is right and it is safe to do so, we will start our Hound Exercise.  We will keep you all informed as soon as there is more news.  We hope to see you all again very soon. 


During a hunt meet if you have to leave the field for any reason, please try your best to let the FieldMaster know that you are leaving and follow any instructions you are given to return directly to the boxes. DO NOT go for a hack around the area!!! Our lines are set by the runner and there is a very good chance that you will interfere with the hounds doing their job or worse still get in the way of the hounds and field whilst they are running a line. 

Thank you for your co-operation.


BY EMAIL -- [email protected]