The sport of Hound Trailing probably dates from the eighteenth century but it was the formation of the Hound Trailing Association (HTA) in 1906 which brought about a formal set of rules and regulations for events to take place.
The sport has its origins in the farming community and like many other events in Lakeland today, much is owed to the local farmers and landowners over whose land trails are run.
The trail is laid by dragging a rag which is soaked in a mixture of aniseed, oil and paraffin – it is this scent which is followed by the hounds. A hound trail is then a race between hounds following the scent from a prescribed starting point (the slip) back to the finishing line. The Ambleside Senior Fell Classic is one of the most important races in the Hound Trailing Calendar. The bookies will be there to tempt you into a little flutter.
Five Trails take place throughout the afternoon. The start of a trail is known as the Slip. Please note the first two Trails are Slipped from the main arena and the other three are Slipped from the East of the arena. The five Trails are:
The Senior Fell Classic Trail (Arena Slip)
Maiden Trail (Arena Slip)
Puppy Champagne Trail
Maiden Puppy Trail
Open Restricted Trail