Officially titled The English Longbow, this Victorian style of longbow is based on the design developed from the medieval war bow, when archery was first developed into a sport for the gentry. These days, the longbow is an increasingly popular choice for it’s instinctive and simplistic fun, as well as the challenge of skill involved! We have a large number of longbow archers, juniors and seniors, with many who make their own bows and arrows.
Recurve and Barebow
The recurve, or Olympic, bow is the popular choice for competitive target archery. Modern materials, recurved limbs, sights, stabilising rods, clickers; all help to produce an efficient bow and accurate shot. To simplify the bow setup, but increase the challenge, the majority of add ons can be removed, then being classified as barebow.
Developed in the USA for hunting, the compound bow is at the top of the bow evolution. The mechanical action of cams on the bow limbs, produces an extremely powerful bow that is easy to hold at full draw. The addition of telescopic sights and trigger release aids, results in a bow that requires you to pick which part of the gold you hit!
A variety of traditional wooden bows have increasingly begun to find popularity on the shooting line. Amongst these is the horsebow, originally developed by the Mongols for shooting from horseback. Highly reflexed limbs produce a very fast, but short bow, proving popular for archers that prefer to rely on instinct over sighting aids.
Regardless of which bow you choose, you are advised to make use of the knowledge and experience of our members before spending your hard earned money. Try different types of bow to see what suits you best, each having their attractions and challenges. Often second hand equipment is advisable to start, as your technique and developing muscles will soon grow out it!
Evolved from a more traditional form of archery practice, clout involves shooting long distances at a flag in the ground, the arrow score being determined by a coloured rope hooked over the flag, marking scoring zones as it is walked around in a circle. As well as hosting clout Tournaments across the year, we can boast several of the top clout archers in the UK, across Longbow, Recurve and Barebow. Launching arrows through the sky to reach up to 180yds/165m, clout has the “wheeeee” factor!
The most common form of archery practise in the UK is target archery; shooting at straw or foam bosses at circular, coloured target faces. In competitions and tournaments, there are a wide range of rounds that may be shot. Each round is made up of a set number of arrows at set distances, for example a Western round is 4 dozen arrows at 60yds, followed by 4 dozen at 50yds.
Field, Flight and Popinjay
Due to the specific nature of these disciplines, we do not have the facility to shoot these. Field takes place normally through a wooded area, shooting at a range of often 3D targets set at unmarked distances. Flight shooting involves shooting an arrow as far as possible, and so is a highly specialised form or archery that requires a lot of space! Popinjay was traditionally shot below church steeples, where blunted arrows are shot near vertically to knock off “crows” mounted on a raised pole; more commonly this is done with a specially made pole that can be raised in the middle of an archery field.