Welcome!

Welcome to the College Valley and North Northumberland Hunt (CVNNH) website. Meeting twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays from September to early March, the CVNNH is a celebrated pack of foxhounds which was formed in 1982 when the College Valley Hunt amalgamated with the North Northumberland Hunt.

We hunt within the laws of both England and Scotland across an area which stretches from Holy Island in the very North East of Northumberland, taking in the Cheviot Hills, up to the Bowmont Valley and Hownam in the Scottish Borders.

Our hunting country is diverse and rural, encompassing rolling grass and woodland in the low country as well as the fabulous white grass of the hills. We have excellent relationships with local farmers and businesses while we also endeavour to provide a focus for local community activities and fund raising.

We are particularly pleased to welcome Newcomers to hunting who can come out with us for the first time by arrangement for no charge.

We welcome followers throughout the season on horses, in cars or on foot, although we do ask that anyone new wishing to join us obtains permission from the Hunt Secretary in advance.

To find out more about hunting with us, please look at the various sections of this website or simply contact the Hunt Secretary or fill in the enquiry form in the Contact Us section.

Event Information:

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    CVNNH Point-to-Point 2018 is now on Easter Monday 2nd April-First Race 1pm

    1:00 pmRatcheugh Park, Alnwick

    This year’s Point-to-Point has been postponed from 11th March and is now on Easter Monday 2nd April 2018 at Ratcheugh, Alnwick NE66 3AE First Race 1pm

    Point-to-Point racing takes place because an army of volunteers attend on the day to assist in so many different ways. A successful meeting depends entirely on attendance and sponsorship. Anyone wishing to be involved or interested in sponsorship should contact Simon Orpwood on 01890 850266/e-mail s.orpwood@farmline.com.

    More information on who sponsors are and the going updates point-to point can be found at www.alnwickraces.co.uk

    A vast majority of hunts throughout the country hold annual point-to-point races which are major fund raising and sporting events. These races are usually held over a course of 3 miles with the horses jumping a minimum of 18 birch fences. There can be up to 6 or 8 races on the day, run as amateur steeplechases where the horses are qualified to run through hunting a minimum of 5 days with any recognised pack of hounds. Point-to-pointing has its own Regulatory Authority with rules and conditions.

    More information on point-to-pointing can be found on the official website http://www.pointtopoint.co.uk

OUR EVENTS

We are continually adding to our event page.  Please call back to see what we are up to.

Raising Money for local charities: St. Cuthbert's Ride

St. Cuthbert's Ride was held in September for the 27th year.    It has missed only one year in the last 28 when, in 2001, all movement across agricultural land was halted due the nationwide outbreak of foot and mouth disease.   This year the day brought lovely weather and over 200 riders with their horses and ponies in all shapes and sizes;  the riders ranging in age from 5yrs to 80yrs!     The off road 10 or 8 mile circular route has spectacular scenery with fine views of the Cheviot Hills in the west and of the sea Holy Island.
The Ride is a Hunt fundraiser but over the years it has also donated more than £26,000 to (mostly) local charities.   This year we were please to give £1500 to HospiceCare.    As always, our thanks go to the landowners who allow the Ride to take place across their land.

Garden Opening also supports local charity - Hospice Care North Northumberland

The garden made just nudging £4,700 which is amazing, but is due to a great number of people doing a lot of work.  We opened fully, with teas, raffles and so on, on October 14th, with the following two Sundays being open by donation and just giving a chance to wander about.  All the money has gone to Hospice Care North Northumberland.  Lady Joicey writes:Image result for etal manor garden

"We really struggled this year as Storm Ali on 19th September caused enormous damage in the garden, and at one point I was considering cancelling.  Luckily we managed to get a tree surgeon in who spent a day and a half taking down cracked limbs from large trees.  The garden still has branches and half broken trees in it, but that just goes to show that gardens are a continual changing ‘scape.  Added to which the leaves from the trees fell slightly earlier than usual, and the day before the garden opened on October 14th was diabolically wet and we couldn’t cut any footpaths.  By some miracle the main day was dry and the sun even made an appearance late on.  This last weekend was the reverse of the first, with a beautiful morning and day for the Opening Meet on Saturday, and a horrid and wet day on Sunday.  How difficult it is to get it just right!"

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