As well as its stunning countryside and coastal scenery location, The Bluebell Hotel is conveniently situated on the doorstep of some of the country’s best shooting venues. Whether you’re looking for a day’s rough shooting or perhaps clay pigeon shooting, the rolling landscapes of Northumberland and all it has to offer will make for an unforgettable day out. The quality of shooting in Northumberland, and across the border in Scotland, is second to none, but can be dependent upon type. Walked up mixed shooting means any species of game such as rabbits, hare, pheasant, where there is an expectation on density of game.
Rough shooting on the other hand is a term which may refer to a day’s shooting where no game is released and is dependent upon the elements, wildlife habitats and the environment.
Clay pigeon shooting in Northumberland is firmly established with a number of well-known grounds. Bywell Shooting Ground at Felton is a family run business established over 25 years ago. With a reputation for some of the UK’s best targets, and first class tuition the ground’s high standards are of world class quality.
The Steve Smith Shooting Ground in Dinnington is over 40 years old and affiliated to the sport’s governing body the Clay Pigeon Association. It’s classification as one of Northumberland’s only 2 premier grounds rates it amongst the best.
For those looking for something new in the shooting sport, Lindisfarne offers the opportunity to experience wildfowling which is under the control of Natural England. With large numbers of pink footed geese and widgeon coming to Holy Island during October, it is a captivating prospect for both novice and experienced shooters.
Using a smooth bore shotgun the quarry are stalked by boat or on foot requiring a high degree of physical fitness and skill whilst at the mercy of the weather, tides and countless other factors. Northumberland is England’s most sparsely populated and rural county with unrivalled vistas and landscapes, making this one of the most beautiful and breathtaking areas to pursue and refine your sport.