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Stockton covers 8,000 acres in the Wylye Valley in Southwest Wiltshire. The country is typical of the chalk downland of the Salisbury Plain with dry valleys, steep banks, and small woods which is ideal for redleg partridge shooting in the autumn leading into mixed days later in the season.
On the southern end of the shoot, Stockton Wood and its environs are ancient woodland which provide classic pheasant drives. Lunch can either be taken in the stunning converted shoot lodge or in the field in the shoot lunch hut.
The River Wylye is one of the finest chalk streams in England and a popular fly-fishing spot for wild brown trout and grayling.
The estate is located not far from the A303 so there are good links with London and the South West.
The shooting at Stockton is run by Barney Stratton and his family. Barney has long been associated with shooting in Wiltshire and in particular his knowledge of partridge shooting. The days always have an extremely relaxed environment, but are equally professional run with a huge attention to detail. Early season lunch is usually outside 'al fresco' which can be very enjoyable for the whole team.
There are lots of great local hotels and pubs to stay in, notably Stockton House, Beckford Arms and the Lamb at Hindon.