Bouldering is not only a fantastic way to gain new skills in climbing, it is now a popular sport in its own right. It is a style of rock climbing used without rope and is normally restricted to very short climbs to limit serious injury, this is why its great to develop your skills. This type of climbing is usually practised on natural or man-made boulders, a boulder is a large rock. However as the sport has developed, the more experienced climber can practice at the base of larger rock faces.
Country and field sports includes hunting, shooting, fishing, falconry along with ferreting and dog trailing. We have covered fox hunting, fishing and game shooting under other headings but include here hunting with hounds, dog trailing, falconry and ferreting.
The sport involves a pack of scent hound (in most cases, specially bred foxhounds) to track, chase and sometimes kill the fox. The hunt itself begins when the hounds are put into coverts (rough or bushy areas), this is where the foxes often hide during the day. Once the hounds have picked up the scent, they can track it as long as they are able with the riders following. As the tracking is not always the most direct route, the horses and riders require much skill and stamina to keep up. The hunt continues until either the hounds catch the fox or it escapes. For many country people hunting is an important part of their rural culture, which they feel is also vital for conservation and pest control.