Relieve stress and hone your skills with clay pigeon shooting in the Lake District!
Enjoy this activity during your stay at Armathwaite Hall to see how many clays you can blast out of the sky. A traditional game of skill enjoyed for years in the countryside, clay pigeon shooting is a challenging test of your hand/eye co-ordination and your reaction speed.
In the 1860s, target shooting was introduced as an alternative to the shooting of live game. Originally this was done with glass balls, but these were replaced in 1882 by clay targets – which were made with lime and pitch and mimicked the first flight of a partridge. These targets caused a rapid increase in sport shooting’s popularity – and by 1925 the art of ‘sporting clays’ held its first championship. In this event, the clays were released to mimic the unpredictable nature of live birds by alternating between trajectories, angles, speed etc.
Unlike game shooting, clay pigeon shooting can be enjoyed year-round, making it perfect in the somewhat changeable conditions of the Lake District.