On the edge of the Welsh Marches a prominent Iron Age Burrow, rises majestically out of a secluded Shropshire vale. The ground surrounding this ancient mound forms an impressive part of the shoot at Kempton. The valleys beneath the Burrow are perfect for driven pheasant and partridge shooting and drives like The Oaks, Keepers and the Nobs make full use of them. The lodge, a converted barn, sits at the head of the ‘Viagra’ valley with prominent views over the estate and beyond. We meet here for coffee in the morning and let the open fires take the chill off before heading outside and preparing for the great day ahead.
Kempton is a mixed pheasant and partridge shoot which has regularly featured high up in several independent lists of Britain’s top 50 shoots. The day is started at the shoot lodge where you will be met by the host, have a cup of coffee and then boot up and head off to the first drive.
Bracken Bank is a favourite for many teams to start the day with towering pheasants powering across the valley and spreading the line perfectly. Then there will be a break for some Champaign and canapés to give the beaters time to get round the next drive. Two more drives will follow with a break between them for soup at elevenses before heading back to the shoot lodge for a superb traditional shoot lunch. Lunch is then followed but one or possibly two drives and then the day is rounded off with a coffee (or something stronger) in the shoot lodge and a good chat about who has shot the highest (or lowest..) bird.