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Ripley Castle Shoot
Horsefair, United Kingdom

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The Ripley Castle Shoot, near Harrogate in North Yorkshire, is a traditional driven game shoot and grouse moors where true sporting values still exist.

Ripley Castle Shoot days are organised on a “no rush” basis ensuring you have the maximum enjoyment possible. We shoot over 7,000 acres of lowland near Ripley Castle and 4,000 acres of moorland and 3,000 acres of farmland and moorland edge at Eagle Hall & Ashfold Side near Pateley Bridge in Nidderdale.

Ripley Castle Shoot is principally a Members Shoot with Members Days making up over 80% of the days fielded. These days are sold by the gun per day to individual guns or small parties. In order to avoid the day being dominated by one team, small parties are limited to five guns joining the day. If more guns are required the day becomes an Exclusive Day providing days are available.

Members are most welcome to bring guests on Members Days, well behaved non shooting guests and dogs are also most welcome just to enjoy the day.

Our “McRipley” days offer the combined experience of the best of Ripley Castle and Eagle Hall & Ashfold Side. We principally cater for single guns and small parties, with a few exclusive days for full teams, ideal for a roving syndicate or to entertain business clients.

Our days are sold by the gun per day with no overage charged and normally we exceed the bag. We offer a large variety of days from 200 to 450 birds. At Ripley Castle we have over 40 main drives and our emphasis is on presenting good quality birds many of which are extremely testing. The very finest hospitality throughout the day with no overages charged.

A day with The Ripley Castle Shoot is “just like a proper shoot day should be".


View our Ripley Castle game shoots

The Ripley Castle Shoot. Mainly a members shoot with some individual gun days.

Hardcastle & Heathfield Moors. Two wonderful traditional grouse moors.

The Mountgarret Shoot. A shoot steeped in tradition.

Eagle Hall & Ashfold Side. Long established gentlemans shoot.


About your host at Ripley Castle Shoot

Frank Boddy, Shoot Captain:

A day with the Ripley Castle Shoot is “Just how a Proper Driven Shoot Day should be” or should I say, this is what we always try to achieve!

I am often asked what do I enjoy about running a shoot. It certainly does have its challenges but these are soon forgotten once in the company of like-minded people from all walks of life and the real characters driven game shooting seems to attract! 

So what is different about our Shoot. Although we welcome full teams, we particularly cater for single guns and small parties. I encourage novice guns to join us providing they have had some clay shooting experience and have an experienced shot or one of our loader/instructors standing with them. I would be disappointed if an individual gun joining us for the first time did not feel at home within a few minutes of arrival.

Planning the days is a challenge in itself as everyone seems to have quite different priorities. I plan each shoot day just how I would expect it to be if I were in the line of guns.


A typical day at Ripley Castle shoot

The shoot day starts, with breakfast in the Dining Room at Ripley Castle at 8.30 a.m. At 8.45 a.m. the draw and brief for the day takes place, with a view to leaving for the first drive by approximately 9.15 a.m.

The day normally starts with two drives followed by a mid morning drinks break with delicious pork pies freshly baked by Voakes Pies together with my own ‘brew’ of bullshot once the weather turns cold, then followed by one or two further drives before lunch. We provide, an “Al fresco” barbeque lunch taken in the Shoot Cabin or on the Veranda overlooking Newton brow, á la Spanish partridge shooting for those of you who have been lucky enough to experience this.

Lunch is followed by two drives in the afternoon, giving a total of five or six drives on the day. We finish the day with afternoon tea in the Shoot Cabin.

At the end of the day each gun receives a brace of dressed and chilled oven ready game of their choice and our staff provide a gun cleaning service if required. Any number of additional birds in feather may be purchased at the end of any shoot day.

Click for our quick link driven pheasant shooting guide


Game shooting in Yorkshire

The Yorkshire Dales has many moods; it can be wild and windswept or quietly tranquil.

It includes some of the finest limestone scenery in the UK, from crags and pavements to an underground labyrinth of caves. Each valley or 'dale' has its own distinct character, set against expansive heather moorland tops.

Spectacular waterfalls and ancient broadleaved woodland contrast with the scattered remains of former mine workings and other rural industries which remind us of the area's rich industrial heritage.

The northern Dales have a wilder, more remote feel to them than the rest of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The hill tops are dominated by heather moorlands that light up purple at the end of the summer. The valleys have intricate patterns of dry stone walls surrounding traditional hay meadows dotted with stone field barns. 

Click here for our quick link country guide
 


Accommodation at Ripley Castle Shoot

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Travelling to Ripley Castle Shoot

Our game shoots are located in the North Yorkshire Dales, near Harrogate. We have good rail, road and air links.

Nearest international airport to Ripley Castle

Plan and book your flight

Directions by car and public transport to Ripley Castle

Contact information for Ripley Castle: Frank Boddy: 07774 271781, Shoot Office: 01423 323321


Planning your game shooting trip to Ripley Castle

Latest news about Ripley Castle Shoot you can find here

Availability. The latest available dates for the Ripley Castle Shoot.

Seasons: For up to date species and shooting seasons in the UK read here.

Permits

Game licenses to shoot or take game birds are not required in the UK. You will require a shotgun licence or a person/loader next to you with a gun license. For more information on permits and travelling with fire arms click here.

What to wear. For tips on the dress code click here.

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Other things to do for this trip: top 10 things to do near Ripley Castle


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Species
Partridge
Partridge
Grouse
Grouse
Pheasant
Pheasant

Methods
Walk-up
Walk-up
Driven birds
Driven birds
Sporting agent
Sporting agent

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$1,075.44
Languages
English
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J & GP
29 Jan 2018

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Thank you for a great day at Ripley Shoot today. G and I really enjoyed it. Also thank you to all your team.

IH
14 Dec 2017

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Just a short note to say how much, R, N, E and I enjoyed the shoot on Saturday – nice, interesting group and good sport. Stuart really put on a good show.

BC HK
16 Nov 2017

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It was a pleasure shooting with you at Ripley Castle on 11th November. My first time with birds was fantastic! I very much enjoyed the company and my time with you, Stuart and Gordon.

TG
16 Sep 2017

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I just wanted to write and formally thank your team for their hospitality and professionalism at Ripley yesterday. Thoroughly good day with, occasional, good shooting. The day went as well as I h... Read more

Liz Kynoch
26 Jun 2017

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Shooting with Frank at Ripley Castle is a pleasure that even poor weather cannot spoil. The effort Frank puts into ensuring all his guests have a great day cannot be over stated; from the moment yo... Read more

RE
20 Jan 2017

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I just thought I’d drop you a line to say what an amazing season I had at Ripley Castle. Yourself and your team are simply outstanding and a great credit to the sport. I will see you all again next season for sure.

BR Nairobi, Kenya
19 Jan 2017

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Just a very quick word of thanks to you and the Ripley Sporting team for making our recent visit so wonderful. We will most certainly be back to see you again!

Pecunius12 4  
20 Jun 2015

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I had the pleasure of shooting driven grouse at Ripley Castle last August. The birds flew great and had a wonderful time. Frank is unique in his program as you pay a deposit for half the expected ... Read more

Bill 20  
20 Jun 2015

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Frank Body who manages this shoot as well as others is a supremely well organised individual. The shoot programme at Ripley offer something literally for everyone from big game days to ladies only... Read more

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