Whitfield is renowned for some of the finest game shooting in the UK. With the steep sided and perfectly wooded valley below and the moor enveloping the higher reaches of the estate the pheasants and partridges are famously challenging and the grouse awesome.
It’s appropriate that one of the greatest sporting estates should also offer a Clay Shoot that almost matches the excitement of a big day at Whitfield in the season. Fast, furious and frantic; the action is set in beautiful parkland offering high pheasants, grouse, snipe, teal, rabbit, partridge, wildfowl and pigeon stands.
For the game shot this is the perfect close season challenge and for the clay expert, Whitfield Annual Clay Shoot is something completely different.
Unsurprisingly it is a popular event and so early booking of teams is recommended.
The Whitfield Annual Clay Shoot, on the Whitfield Estate, started off many years ago with profits of about £50. Over the years the event has grown to be one of the largest clay shoots in the country, raising thousands for local good causes, the Countryside Alliance and the GWCT.
Committee member Jamie Stewart of the Countryside Alliance said: “I am always humbled by the generosity of our sporting fellowship when supporting community-led initiatives. The charitable investment made through the clay shoot has a lasting effect on the lives of young people within the community and beyond.”
And clay shoot chairman Stuart Maugham said: “The success of the event is all thanks to the Whitfield Estate, our sponsors, those who donate raffle and auction prizes and our competitors, as without them we would not have this amazing annual competition!”