Pointer and setter Novice and open stakes at Bowes moor on  17th and 18th July.

Due to the late frost and weather conditions during may, the grouse situation the north of England is generally poor.

In consultation with The Grouse Keeper and the owner of Bowes moor we regret to announce that this year’s trials on July 17th and 18th  of July are not able to take place.

If you are speaking to other handlers perhaps you would be kind enough to pass on this information.

Thank you for your support of the club, we are all hoping for  better conditions  next year and we wish you well for the coming season.

PLEASE NOTE: Coronavirus (Covid-19)

With the ongoing threat of Coronavirus (Covid-19), please be assured that WDWGC is prioritising the safety of its Members as well as its committee members and land owners.
We have taken proactive steps to face the challenge by carefully monitoring government advice, as well as advice from the World Health Organization.

While Covid-19 presents an enormous challenge, to our sport and livelihoods, we would like to assure you that the club will take every step to provide a full range of activities at the earliest safe opportunity.

COVID 19 UPDATE 11th March 2021

Now that the Covid 19 pandemic appears to be more manageable and freedom to meet and pursue our sports is within reach, the club proposes a full program of gundog tests and training classes.

Details of all events can be found on the relevant links above.

If the situation remains stable, we look forward to the retriever and spaniel trials throughout the winter of 2021/22

We hope that all our members have stayed safe and well during this unprecedented year and we look forward to meeting up at the various planned events.

We thank all our hosts and teams of guns for their continued support and hope that our sport will return to normality as 2021 continues

Please contact the chairman or secretary if you require further information     


The club was formed initially in April 1963 on a purely informal basis by a group of local enthusiasts. Membership and interest grew until the present Club was officially formed and established with Kennel Club approval in December 1965.

Aims Of The Club

To encourage and assist owners in training their dogs for work in the shooting field.

To help preserve and maintain the natural instincts of the various gundog breeds.

The Club holds open qualifying and novice field trials for both retrievers and spaniels, and a novice pointer and setter trial. Working tests and training classes are also held at varying venues within the area. It is emphasised at this point that gundog training is entirely distinct from obedience training, apart from one or two basic principles. The Club occasionally organises various social events during the year.

Membership is open to all those interested in working gundogs and prospective members are invited to attend one training session with the club..

Applicants must be proposed and seconded by two current members of the Club and receive the subsequent approval of the Committee.