fac­ing the chal­lenge

The Field - - Young In The Field -

Guy All­man re­turned from hunt­ing the Blue Ridge coun­try in the US to hunt the Bices­ter with Whad­don Chase two sea­sons ago. “I re­ally en­joy it here. We get tremen­dous sup­port from fol­low­ers

and many landown­ers and farm­ers. Po­ten­tially, we face a big chal­lenge if the HS2 rail link north re­ally does go ahead but it won’t de­feat us. We are al­ready mak­ing big ef­forts to bring back pieces of coun­try we hadn’t hunted so much.”

Ger­ald Sum­ner, who hunted the Kim­blewick for 11 sea­sons, said: “I could see Chor­ley­wood tube sta­tion while I was hunt­ing part of the coun­try. The Kim­blewick has some very good patches and trav­els a long way to each area where it has mounted fields of lo­cal peo­ple, some tak­ing out short­term tick­ets.”

Ju­lia Caffyn, se­nior Joint Mas­ter of the South­down and Eridge, said: “Our coun­try is 70 miles long north to south, from Shore­ham up to Tun­bridge Wells, all in the com­muter belt. We of­fer hunt­ing in ter­rain vary­ing from down­land to wood­land. Some­times we lose a bit of coun­try but then we re­cover

an­other bit. Of­ten we will phone as many as 60 peo­ple to ar­range one day’s

hunt­ing. It is still well worth it.”

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