William Powell Sporting


Bursting with excitement from August through to January!

The Snilesworth Estate extends to over 6,500 acres and provides three separate days Grouse driving as well as two days of moorland edge Partridge and Pheasant shooting over deep valleys and gylls. Our Partridge shooting season starts from September 1st (which means that these can be combined with Grouse days as well) and Pheasants from around mid-October.

Driven Grouse Shooting at Snilesworth

Snilesworth moor is one of the most consistent Grouse moors in the UK. It has shot over 4,000 Grouse for each of the last four years and days of up to 500 birds (250 brace) can be shot by eight or nine Guns.

The surrounding countryside is glorious and the standard of sport as well as hospitality and organisation has meant that American parties have been shooting here for over ten years.

Many of them return year after year and testimonials from these Guns are available. The shoot is only twenty minutes’ drive from the friendly market town of Helmsley which boasts a wide range of excellent accommodation. Snilesworth Moor unlike many north of England and indeed Scottish Grouse moors is extremely well served by private internal roads, which means that access for Guns is literally to the butts. This means that less agile Guns can enjoy all of the shooting at Snilesworth; a very unusual occurrence.

Pheasant and Partridge Shooting at Snilesworth

The Snilesworth low ground shoot which is on the edge of this record breaking moor, has over 14 different drives. The Pheasants and Partridges are of very good quality and all drives are set amongst some of the most stunning scenery in Yorkshire. The Arnsgill Partridge drive is famous in an area already known for great drives. The flash flooding in 2004 scoured out the base of the gyll. Guns now stand considerably lower than they did before, as a result the birds are now even higher! Due in part to the great shooting and well organised days but also because the shoot staff are particularly friendly and welcoming, Snilesworth is somewhere where teams return to year after year.


Helmsley - A beautiful market town

Unfortunately, there is no shooting lodge for the Guns usage at Snilesworth, the majority of Guns stay in the local market town of Helmsley which boasts a selection of very good to luxury accommodation as well as some excellent restaurants.

In addition Snilesworth is spoilt by having close links with numerous private manor houses which can accommodate full teams of Guns and Partners.

Teams of Guns generally stay in one of three excellent establishments; The Black Swan, The Feversham Arms and The Star at Harome. All of which offer excellent service, food and accommodation to shoot parties.


We currently have no availability at Snilesworth.

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For more information on any of the dates above please contact us on 01295 661033




I had the good fortune of shooting a day of late season grouse at Snilesworth in October of 2014. William Powell put on a great day. We started with drinks and dinner at the Black Swan with our own living room and Katherine making sure our night was superb. The living room had the wood burning fireplace, the bar and our dining table with decanters and wine awaiting. Everyone had a nice dinner and retired to be greeted with a full breakfast to be ready for the day ahead. On my shoot day the entire William Powell team was present.

We had three drives prior to lunch. Chris Maxted was my loader and made sure I was looked after and encouraged. James Chapel was there as well to give encouraging words and insight. We had a great lunch in Bob’s shoot box and enjoyed some game off of Snilesworth. The afternoon the conditions were a bit tougher with higher winds and some rain. It was a truly great day. Many thanks to William Powell, Mark Osborne and especially Bob Cieslukowski.

Shawn Gilbert

Driven Pheasant & Partridge Shooting at Snilesworth

North Yorkshire Moors pheasant shooting at its finest.


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