Picture shows a very proud truffle hound with the results of a successful truffle hunt

In the past, female pigs were used to hunt for truffles as the pungent odour that they emit is similar to that of a male pig. Sows were difficult to control when a truffle was located and would often eat it! Today most hunters now use truffle dogs that are easier to control and will happily leave a found truffle for a food reward. Virtually any breed of dog can be trained to find truffles.

Experience truffle hunting

Would you like to experience truffle hunting with dogs? We offer truffle hunting experience days in Dorset and Wiltshire. These comprise:

  • Introductory talk on truffles
  • Lunch
  • 2 hours truffle hunting
  • Afternoon tea including sampling of a truffle dish

Our truffle hunting experience days have made Countryfile Magazine's list of the "Top 10 foraging courses".

The truffle hound has indicated that there is a truffle present. Over to the truffle hunters to carefully excavate the right spot. Occasionally truffles break through the ground surface. Sampling the taste of success - shavings of very fresh truffle topping truffled scrambled egg. Picture courtesy of Norburton Hall.

Truffle Hunting Experience Day guest comments:

Many thanks for a great day yet again. Thoroughly enjoyable and very pleased to come away with a truffle. The day was informative, fun and well paced. Claire MacDonald - Principal, Leiths School of Food and Wine - London

A truly marvellous experience and highly recommended. A great day out in the countryside with James and his truffle dog, who found plenty of pungent truffles. AG - Cheshire

James gave us a very good working knowledge in a relaxed but structured talk about truffles and their likely habitat. Then we actually walked some woodland where we found the real articles, one weighing in at over two hundred grams! He talks the talk and his loveable dog walks the walk ! A thoroughly enjoyable day out. SC - Hampshire

Great way to spend a weekend, very informative and the best fun - like digging for Gold (Black Gold). D&D - Wiltshire

What a brilliant day! from arrival to departure I loved every moment. Thank you, I am inspired!! SB - Dorset

Great day really enjoyed it, learnt a lot. We both a really good time with a good group. We would highly recommend the whole day. MW & DD - Berkshire

A big thank you to you for a fascinating and gourmet day. I felt I learned loads and had some great exercise in the fresh breeze. I really liked the format of the day. SHT - Hampshire

DateLocationStatus
4th October 2014West WiltshireFully booked
18th October 2014West DorsetFully booked
2nd November 2014West WiltshireFully booked
15th November 2014West DorsetFully booked
6th December 2014West Wiltshire1 cancellation place available
13th December 2014West DorsetFully Booked
10th January 2015West DorsetFully Booked
17th January 2015West WiltshireFully Booked

Places for this unique event are £130 per person and can be booked below. You can pay using PayPal (no account needed) or if you contact us by any of:

  • Bank transfer (Internet/telephone banking)
  • Credit/debit card by telephone
  • Credit/debit card link sent by email to secure site
  • Cheque/post

Please note that truffle hunting will require walking on some steep slopes and although we will hunt on sites where we have previously found truffles, finding them cannot be guaranteed. We regret that you are not able to bring your own dog on these days as they will distract our truffle hound. These days are not suitable for children.

Our West Dorset days start and end in Burton Bradstock near Bridport. Our West Wiltshire site is near Salisbury. Both sets of days start at 10 AM and end at 4:30 - 5 PM.

If have any questions about these days please contact us. If the dates and / or location that you are interested in are fully booked, please also contact us to be added to our cancellation list or to receive our dates for the 2015/16 season (October 2015 - January 2016) as soon as they become available.

Landowners, we are looking for additional sites to allow us cope with the demand for these days. See here for more details.

Please note our office will be closed from 16 - 22 November. We will respond as soon as we return.

Click here to book course places online with PayPalClick here for other payment methods or make an enquiry.

Gift vouchers

Stuck for a gift idea? A place on one of our truffle hunting experience days makes an ideal present for someone interested in the outdoors and food. Our gift vouchers are perfect for Christmas, birthdays, Father's Day, Mother's Day or a retirement or leaving present. They are valid for one truffle hunt in the next 24 months (the season is October to January) - subject to places being available. Gift vouchers are £150 per person.

Click here to order truffle hunting gift vouchers