Hunt breakfasts at historic Jamaica Inn before picking up trail
In a truly traditional scene the East Cornwall Hunt held Saturday's meet outside Jamaica Inn at Bolventor, in the heart of Bodmin Moor.
The meet took place after the annual hunt breakfast at the ancient inn, when 30 members sat down for a full Cornish repast before heading off into the mists of the moor to follow four draglines.
"It was an absolutely marvellous breakfast which should keep us going all day," said the Master and huntsman Graham Higgins, as he thanked the inn's staff. "I think we're going to have a good day as scenting conditions are ideal."
Since the introduction of the foxhunting ban the pack, in common with 200 others in England and Wales, has followed scent trails laid by a member of the hunt mounted on a horse or a quad bike.
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With the season drawing towards a close, there were just a dozen mounted followers riding behind the 25 hounds with Mr Higgins and his two whippers-in. They included visitors from the neighbouring Four Burrow Hunt. The season closes on March 23 with the meet at St Neot, followed by the end-of-season dinner at the Jamaica Inn, when the guest speaker will be WMN columnist and Dartmoor farmer Anton Coaker.