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.
Summer news: Pony Club and Puppies
We are all very grateful to Tom and Katie for allowing us to use Pawston for Camp – fantastic venue! Having all the horses in loose boxes and in a line was lovely; the Granary for sleeping quarters was luxury (no damp feeling from sleeping in tents) and a huge plus from the kids - they could charge their phones! Lovely spacious tack room with plenty of light for cleaning tack. Eating area being semi Al Fresco was just the job, especially with the lovely weather.
The hay field for the Dressage arenas and Show jumps was fabulous. A short hack to get to the field meant the horses had warmed up by the time they had reached it. Similarly, they had cooled off walking back to the stables.
Having the Working Hunter jumps in the park opposite the house gave variety in jumping up and down hills.
Tom’s tour of Flodden was very interesting, and the Kennels’ visit was really informative, and the kids so enjoyed being amongst the hounds in the grass paddock. And as for the puppies…. hopefully they were not too traumatised by the kids rushing in to play with them!
Everything worked so well from our side! THANK YOU!
A Hound's Not for Life, Just for the Summer: Eva and Nicole have had the loveliest time this summer with the CVNNH hound puppies, Guv'nor and Lavish who have been 'walked' at Abbey St Bathans.
It was a great start to the holidays to come across them on day 2.
We've had great fun: taking then for walks round the field when they were too little to go on a proper walk, bribing them with puppy treats to sit nice to get their leads on, exploring the woods, dipping their toes in the river and getting braver each time. It will be a sad day when they go back to the Kennels.
To see photos of Lavish and Guv'nor, go to the Friends page and download the form........and become a Friend of ours?
Thank you for the hunting you have all given. I've had some cracking runs and enjoyed the company of some lovely people.
Thanks to the Mastership, the Committee and Andrew for a great season with some wonderful hunting - and of course, the usual high standard of Field Mastering!
Your chat explaining how the days hunting worked was just perfect. We had an amazing day and came home on cloud nine. Such gestures might seem small, but have a huge impact when you're starting out so thank you again.
Thank you for looking after me, it was great fun. Thank you for finding me my flask. We nearly lost it, luckily you found it. I will be there for Red Scar Bridge. I hope you are as well.