Yorkshire True Grit – Off Road Cycling Adventure Challenge

Yorkshire True Grit is the ultimate off road cycling adventure challenge that takes you across the stunning North York Moors using a combination of public bridleways and private tracks.

This years event was held over the weekend of Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th June and after a meeting with Snilesworth Estates head Gamekeeper Jimmy Shuttlewood, they included this informative piece into the participants information packs.

“The North York Moors is a conservation area, and part of the area that you will be cycling through is the Snilesworth Estate. They manage the world’s most successful conservation area; and this is privately funded by the sale of Grouse that are shot. 

You may see Red Grouse, which can only be found in the British Isles, and other birds as you are taking part in Yorkshire True Grit. The gravel tracks that we have been given permission to use for this event are to access shooting butts and for the management of the moor. These tracks cross stunning heather moorland; 75% of the world’s heather is in the British Isles and the largest single area of heather is on the North York Moors. The management of the heather and the moors for Grouse Shooting has led to the increase in numbers of Curlew, Lapwing, Golden Plover and Merlin, and all thrive better here than anywhere else in the country. 
All of these birds and the Red Grouse are ground nesting birds – this means the young are on the ground for around 6 weeks before they fly and disturbance can separate the young from their nesting site and if this happens they are likely to die.  If you come across any young birds whilst you cycle Yorkshire True Grit, we would urge you to be mindful of this and ask you to move cautiously around them. The moors are not saturated with Grouse as this would upset the natural balance of this eco-system – each breeding pair needs 4 acres of heather to survive on the moorland! 
The management of the moors injects around £1m into the local economy.”
Another great way of informing the general public about a small section of the good work that is done on our moors.

NYMMO Charity Clay Shoot

The weather was perfect, the Thimbleby Shooting Ground was a brilliant setting and the staff and volunteers did a brilliant job in ensuring the day ran smoothly.

There was a massive turnout far exceeding our expectations with 156 entries in the individual 100 bird sporting and 13 teams entered in the 200 bird Grouse flush.

Full Results:-

100 Bird Sporting

O/All : 1st Place – Gareth Maund (87), 2nd Place – Andy Telford (86), 3rd Place Andy Coulson (84)


Grousekeeper : 1st Place – Andy Coulson (84), Joint 2nd Place – Michael Wearmouth and Roger Ayton (81)


Grousekeeper Under 25 : 1st Place – Robert Peart (71), 2nd Place – Ryan Parker (64), 3rd Place – Ben Mountain (63)

Ladies : 1st Place – Katie Carvey (60), 2nd Place – A Coulson (58), 3rd Place – Sarah Read (49)

200 Bird 4 Man Team Grouse Flush

1st Place – Stanhope, 2nd Place – Rosedale, Joint 3rd Place – Settrington & Pennyholme


And not forgetting the 2 special number prizes for Scott Jopling and Peter Snaith.


The presentations were made by Snilesworth head Gamekeeper Jimmy Shuttlewood to all of the winners, with the exception of the highest placed Grousekeeper presented by Sophie-Ann Wilson with the “Dave Wilson” Memorial trophy in memory of her late husband, a gamekeeper who lost his life in a tragic accident on an estate earlier in the year.  The prizes for the winners have been kindly donated by NYMMO estates, Northallerton Shooting & Countrywear, L&A Dent Game Dealers, Connolly’s Red Mills dog food, BASC, Taste of Game and Gilsan Sports.

Thank you to everyone who helped us make this day possible, Thimbleby Shooting Ground for allowing us to host, S.G. Petch for the use of the Isuzu Utah to transport all the “gear”, everyone who generously supplied us with raffle prizes, all of the keepers who took on scoring roles and of course Jimmy Shuttlewood for his presentation, raffle giving and also auctioning skills.

The day was without doubt a resounding success and we are proud to say that we have raised £4,415.65 for NYMMO and Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Hope to see you all again next year for more of the same.






Country Show at Harewood House 17th & 18th June

BASC invited NYMMO to join them on their stand at the Country Show at Harewood House and alongside Sir Johnny Scott, Rachel E Wood Jewellery, S.G. Petch and Esther Veerman (Esther – The Country Cook) I think we really had a wonderful stand.

NYMMO keepers Dave and Billy from Snilesworth estate were there on the Saturday with keepers Colin and Kevin from Westerdale there on the Sunday.  The weather was unbelievably warm, the keepers managed full tweeds on Saturday but not the Sunday as we didn’t want any cases of heat exhaustion!  There was a good turnout of people and we chatted to lots of interested parties on moorland life, conservation and even predator control and the children loved getting up close and personal with the taxidermy which is great to help them identify the birds.

I think one of the real bonuses of the 2 days was definitely having Esther on the stand, she cooked up some great dishes over the weekend, from Pheasant goujons, Grouse in Stilton sauce and then my particular favourite the Sloe Chocolate.

Overall a great weekend, a fabulous setting, great company and lots of fun, hopefully we can do the same again next year!






Open Farm Sunday 11th June at Stonebeck Gate Farm, Danby

NYMMO enjoyed a great day out at Stonebeck Gate Farm, Danby, for the annual Open Farm Sunday event that took place on the 11th June.   This was a really great event where visitors had the opportunity to look around a real working farm, see lots of other aspects of country life as well as enjoying a lovely barbecue and home made cakes and pastries.

Our NYMMO gamekeepers alongside Brian Sweeney of Askham Bryan College chatted to lots of people about their work, the moors, habit, conservation and answered many questions, Brian’s dog Flynn also received lots of attention.

There was so much to see and do throughout the day with working sheep dog displays, sheep shearing, dry stone walling along with the opportunity of getting up close and personal with lambs, hens and even a horse.

A massive thanks to gamekeepers Peter, Adam, Tom and Brandon for their time and knowledge and they enjoyed the day out meeting lots of people.