Thudding in the Norfolk woods

If you’re ever in Norfolk and fancy having a go at archery, there’s a patch of woodland opposite Voewood House in High Kelling, east of Holt. On most days there’s a sign at the roadside advertising archery; it’s a tight turn, but you can drive in through the gate.

 

The woods are owned by Jon, a genial bear of a man who’ll look after you; pay him a fiver and he’ll provide you with a bow and arrows, and talk you through the basics of shooting. If you have your own kit and already know what you’re doing, you can pay the fiver and he’ll leave you to it for the day, “stay as long as you like”.

 

“As long as you’re enjoying your archery, that’s the main thing!”

 

It’s a hit or miss affair

 

Some arrows you win, some you lose. Sometimes you have to look for them in the undergrowth (difficult). Sometimes they’re really obvious (when they’re 10 feet up a tree).

 

“How did I do that?”

 

Fortunately Jon is usually on hand with a ladder.

 

  Help is at hand

 

I was shooting there on the August bank holiday weekend in 2017.

Without really registering where it was coming from, I noticed a rhythmic thudding noise in the woods during the course of the afternoon. Later the cause became clear, as Jon explained:

“It’s the woman over there, she’s lovely…. the one teaching knife throwing.”

 

 

 

 

At home on the range

 

 

Archery IN kELLINGSIDE WOODS

 

“20 targets in 11 acres of private woodland”

Cromer Road, High Kelling, Holt NR25 6AJ

 

Usually open Wednesday and Friday from 2pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11am.

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