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.
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Countryside Alliance Newcomers Day
CVNNH Newcomers Day: Saturday 20th October 9.30am at Hethpool Showfield FREE to all newcomers to hunting.
The Countryside Alliance’s annual Hunting Newcomers’ Week will this year take place from 15th – 21st October. The aim of this week is to introduce as many new faces to the hunting field as possible and to encourage those that have never been hunting before to give it a try.
Hunts generally welcome newcomers throughout the year anyway, however it can be a daunting prospect, particularly if you haven’t been out before or have perhaps moved areas and had a break since you last went out. Joining forces with other like-minded people on a specific day can make it easier for those wanting to overcome any reservations they may have.
As always we are inviting any registered packs – including foxhound, beagle, harrier, basset, draghound and bloodhound packs – to organise a specific meet, or to organise an activity such as a tour of the kennels during this designated week to give everybody an opportunity to get involved with their local pack.
“Every year we have more and more people using this week as the perfect opportunity to try hunting for the first time,” explained the CA’s Polly Portwin. “We have received many heart-warming reports from those who have taken part, ranging from those who have simply wanted to tick it off their bucket list to those who have never been brave enough previously but have experienced hound exercise and then become hooked and gone on to become regular subscribers.”
No special clothes or kit are required to be able to take part, however those thinking of trying hunting for the first time are encouraged to read the Countryside Alliance’s Newcomers’ Guide To Hunting which is available on PDF to download.
Hunts are invited to send us details of any newcomers’ meets or events being planned so we can advertise them in our Newcomers’ Events Listing on our website. Please contact Henrietta Rutgers athunting@countryside-alliance.
org for any supporting literature or for further information about your local pack.
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:
"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!"