The South Dorset Hunt has arguably some of the most beautiful and varied country in the UK. Hunting runs from September through until the end of March and we warmly welcome visitors of all ages. Whether you are new to hunting or an experienced hand we pride ourselves in being able to provide fun sport to suit all.

The country was originally part of that hunted by J J Farqharson until 1858 when on his resignation Mr Radcliffe of Hyde House, Wareham bought a proportion of the hounds and founded the South Dorset Hunt.

Outside of hunting we run many social events and have a very active hunt supporters club, providing enjoyment for those on and off a horse. The hunt forms a sizeable part of the local community and contributes in a number of ways, including:- The majority of the Hunt’s suppliers of goods and services are locally based businesses.

All or any references to the uses of the terms “hunt” or “hunting”, or any relation thereto used in the text should be interpreted strictly as meaning hunting within the law as defined under The Hunting Act 2004 and covering such activities as hound exercise.

Country Alliance’ Q & A on trail hunting

If you would like to join us and would like advice on meets, costs or hiring a horse then please contact the Hunt Secretary, Emma Howard-Tripp at