Thimbleby Shooting Ground REVIEW

Thimbleby Shooting Ground was founded in 1988 and sits in the picturesque North Yorkshire Moors National Park at Thimbleby. Open six days per week, the ground caters for a great variety of shooting and trap layouts including simulated pheasants and fast rabbits on the dedicated rabbit warren.


It is a picturesque walk to the stands at Thimbleby. Here you can see the elevated stand for the rabbit warren in the distance

Thimbleby is one of the more picturesque grounds offering great views and lovely back drops. The ground is surrounded by thousands of acres of heath and woodlands. The drive in to Thimbleby takes you down a small winding track through the woods and opens out in to a spacious car park with a small club house. It has such a lovely feel, especially at this time of the year with all the autumn colours on display.


The clubhouse is intimate in size with both indoor and out door seating and it over looks the Sportrap stands. Inside is a small hatch serving refreshments and some excellent bacon sandwiches along with the reception area also selling small gifts and accessories. They have an excellent range of cartridges on sale, although you are stuck for choice if you want anything other than Hull Cartridges. Prices are on the more expensive side compared to most grounds I tend to shoot at but the prices are discounted for members. The cheapest cartridges on offer (for non members) are the Hull CompX 21g 7.5s at £6.00 per box of 25.


Inside the clubhouse is a feature I really like, a map of the ground and the stands that are colour coded based on difficulty level. Green being the easier/ training stands, red at intermediate and black being the more challenging stands. From the map you can see the ground is very linear in its layout, it is a very picturesque walk along all 15 stands and incorporates a stream, woodland and some lovely little stands hidden away.


Inside the clubhouse is a map of the ground showing the layout and difficulty of the stands

Lessons from professional coaches are available and corporate events are also welcome. Prices are fairly reasonable if only slightly higher than some of my other local shooting grounds. The price per clay is 26 pence. A round of 50 sporting will cost you £13 and 100 sporting will cost you £26. Lessons are available from £60.


Thimbleby has a very nice rural and relaxed feel to it and I personally have never had to endure long queues or put up with large crowds. I have heard it has some very busy days but I am lucky enough to have always turned up on one the days where the are only a handful of people leisurely making their way around the course.


It is well worth a visit and offers great variety. If I lived further away I would still make the drive to visit this ground from time to time. It is well established and one of the nice grounds available in the North of England. There is also plans for a new purpose built clubhouse in the pipeline which sounds very exciting. We will have to watch that space!


Opening Times September to March

Monday - Closed

Bank Holidays - 10:00-14:30

Tuesday - 09:30-16:00

Wednesday - 09:30-16:00

Thursday - 11:30-16:00

Friday - 09:30-16:00

Saturday - 09:30-16:00

Sunday - 10:00-14:30



April to August

Monday - Closed

Bank Holidays - 10:00-14:30

Tuesday - 13:00-20:00

Wednesday - 13:00-20:00

Thursday - 11:30-16:00

Friday - 09:30-16:00

Saturday - 09:30-16:00

Sunday - 10:00-14:30

Thimbleby Shooting Ground Northallerton North Yorkshire DL6 3PY

01609 883 401

www.thimbleybyshoot.com



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