Hodnet is in north Shropshire, about an hour north of Birmingham and 40 minutes south of Manchester. The ground has more than 85 stands and 200 traps. A north-facing escarpment dispenses with the need for conventional towers and is used as a realistic flush point for high birds. A 40ft cherry picker with a double spring midi trap throws at 170ft. This ground offers especially good sporting targets.

The ground specialises in small groups and has three instructors: John Powell who has been there for 26 years; Alan Ellison (15 years); and Duncan Lawton, twice world FITASC champion. Introductory lessons cost £45 including 25 clays/25 cartridges. One-hour individual lessons cost £60. The shop is well stocked and there are four gunsmiths on site.

tel 01939 200644 email tom@wmsg.co.uk

West Midlands Shooting Ground:Hodnet, Market Drayton, Shropshire TF9 3LH

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