For those of you that live and work in the London area we've rounded up clay pigeon shooting grounds that are easily reached. Perfect for a half day.
Whether you’ve always wanted to learn to shoot clays or need to brush up your technique with some lessons before going out in the field again, a trip to a clayshooting ground is always a good idea.
We’ve picked out a selection of clay pigeon shooting grounds near London and it shouldn’t take you much longer than an hour to get to any of them from the centre of town (traffic permitting of course).
If you’re a novice you’ll benefit from expert clay pigeon shooting instruction, solid grounding in the all-important safety rules of shooting, a full briefing on what to wear so you look the part and of course the etiquette of shooting.
Seasoned clayshooters can ask for an expert opinion on their shooting style and methods of improving their shooting skills.
This well-established shooting ground is just off the A40 leaving, as the name suggests, West London. It has previously been voted best shooting ground in the country and prides itself on giving tuition that matches the individual and improves personal style. (Mark Heath, the chief instructor, regularly reviews guns for us.) Beginners can start with a one-hour or two hour individual lesson with an instructor or take a course. There is well-regarded tuition designed for novice women shooters and young Shots are also welcomed.
If you’re looking somewhere easy to reach from North London, then this could be a good choice as it’s just inside the M25 at Barnet. A family-run shooting club with friendly staff and professional instructors. The club accommodates any level of experience from beginners through to accomplished shooters and is an excellent venue to learn, practice or entertain.
A little further out west along the M40 near High Wycombe, this leafy location offers a picturesque view when shooting clays. Deservedly popular with both beginners and for pre-season shooting technique revision, it’s certainly worth going that extra mile. In addition the ground has recently opened The George Digweed Academy to teach the winning method of the world champion clayshooter.
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Voted best clayshooting club in Surrey for the past seven years, this club, near Leatherhead, offers an excellent day for both novice and experienced clay pigeon shooters. The club has an exemplary safety record and aims to give every visitor a positive experience. The grounds are set within an 11 acre forest and include a testing 60 clay, English sporting range, Down the Line and Compak sporting layouts. Tuition packages start at £45.
A one-to-one hour long lesson with an expert instructor is £70. Near Hertford, it’s on the outer reaches of being handy to London but again teaches both novices and more experienced shooters.
Visitors will enjoy spending time at these beautiful grounds in Northwood. Apparently it was once said: “If Mr Holland is unable to teach a man to shoot then no-one can” and today Holland & Holland hold firm to this boast, having taught shooters from all walks of life with varying amounts of experience, at varying stages of life. Time spent at this shooting ground is an investment in your future enjoyment of the sport. The company also recently opened an indoor shooting school.
If all you think you need is an hour, then that’s all you have to book here, although you can also reserve a course of six lessons or head off to the shooting driving range. Young Shots are also welcomed.
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Pete Wilson, GB Olympic Gold Medallist 2012 says of Bisley: “The Bisley shooting ground, clubhouse, grounds and targets are second to none. It is a unique experience that I would recommend to anyone.”
Well you can’t say fairer than that – and the club welcomes both novices and experienced Shots.
This is actually just over an hour from London, but if you live out along the A40 going towards Oxfordshire then it’s well worth investigating. Set in glorious countryside, it’s a well-run school that caters for both beginners and experienced Shots – who all have something to learn.