Welcome to the Pytchley with Woodland Hunt’s website providing all followers and supporters with details of our activities.
Our country is based where Northamptonshire meets Leicestershire and is surrounded by the Fernie, the Oakley, the Grafton, the Bicester & Whaddon Chase, the Warwickshire and the Atherstone. Pending legal reunification of the Pytchley and Woodland Pytchley Hunts, we are covering the combined country with one pack of hounds, and are known as Pytchley with Woodland Hunt.
You can access many areas of the site by selecting from the options on the menu. To receive the meet calendar please contact the secretary using the contact form here.
Many thanks for your interest in our site, we look forward to seeing you in the field.
The Hunt Supporters Association work tirelessly in raising money for the hunt by organising a wide range of fund-raising events throughout the year. A diary of events can be viewed here.
The Hunt Supporters Association currently has over 900 members, by becoming a member you will be supporting the hunt with its fund raising activities.
If you would like to become a member or volunteer to assist with any of the events please contact the Hon Sec using the form below
A brief history
- 1635 – a pack at Althorp was well established
- 1750 – the Pytchley Club was formed
- 1819-1873 – the Althorp and Pytchley countries were hunted by one pack with a second pack established at Brigstock and until 1920 the master of the Pytchley was in charge.
- Early 1900s – The Padua scarlet was officially adopted by hunt staff and masters under Lord Annaly.
- 1931 – Lord Spencer, Colonel J. Lowther, Mr Samuel Lloyd and Captain Stopford-Sackville drew up an agreement to separate the Woodland Pytchley from the Pytchley.
- 1966 – The kennels moved from the heart of Brixworth village to the present site.
The Hunt continues to meet under the stewardship of seven masters.
The pack, under Huntsman Lewis Chutter, is made up of 17½ couple of dogs and 33½ couple of bitches who carry bloodlines stretching back to the early days of the Hunt.
These dates have been taken from Guy Paget’s History of the Althorp and Pytchley Hounds and from Stanley Barker’s diary. Please send any additions or amendments using the contact form here.