Cocking is near Midhurst in West Sussex. It is owned by the Cowdray Estate and the second son The Hon. Charles Pearson. There are 18 drives on 3,500 acres which comprises a large part of the Southern end of the Cowdray Estate (16,500 acres) running up to the heavily wooded north facing escarpment of the South Downs and onto the south facing slopes beyond. Guns meet at the stunning Park House in the centre of the estate.
The shoot has many famous drives, but these three are our favourite:
The Chalk Pit… disused chalk quarry cut into the north facing escarpment to the east of the Cocking Gap. The birds launch themselves over two tiers of Guns standing on the different levels (benches) in the quarry.
Bepton West… Guns are positioned on a steep ride running up the escarpment in a shallow combe between two extensive areas of woodland. Very high birds that will test the very best.
The Bumps… an area of undulating mounds on the steep escarpment face of the Downs above a steep sided combe. Driven over Guns on different levels, shot birds plummet 250ft through trees in the combe below.
Days are available from 350 – 500 birds through Ian Coley Sporting Agency, shooting begins mid-October. Single or double guns.