Boxing Day is traditionally the biggest day of the hunting calendar, with 250 gatherings, but only ‘drag hunts’ using scented trails are still permitted.
Around the country they gather - horse, hound and rider, and thousands of supporters. The traditional Boxing Day Hunt is the biggest day of the hunting calendar across the UK. From the village of Aldborough St John in North Yorkshire to Matching Green in Essex, some 250 hunts will ride out today. Fox hunting with dogs was banned almost ten years ago by Tony Blair's Labour government. Although hunting with hounds is illegal, drag hunts using scented trails are still permitted.
Photo: Independence Party leader Nigel Farage shakes hands with huntsman Mark Bycroft of the Old Surrey Burstow and West Kent Hunt