Dry Stone Walling
Dry stone walling is an ancient craft that has changed little since before the building of the Pyramids. The term ‘dry’ refers to the fact the wall contains no cement or mortar and is held together by the stone itself, and the way the wall is constructed.
The courses are open to anyone with reasonable fitness, with no prior knowledge or experience. The courses are wholly practical, although there will be plenty of opportunities to talk about other aspects such as the history of walling, throughout the course.
The locations where the walling takes place have limited or no facilities but the scenery isn’t. Dates run throughout the year with a limited number in the winter months.
By the end of the course you should be able to:
1) Strip out and rebuild one side of a dry stone wall
2) Be able to identify the different stones within a wall
3) Gain the basic skills to construct a section of dry stone wall
All fees are payable upon booking
1) Steel toe-capped footwear
2) Old clothing, coveralls are preferred
3) Work gloves (such as rubber gardening gloves)
4) Suitable outdoor clothing
5) Dinner and drinks
6) Sun hat, sun lotion, insect repellent (weather dependent)
7) A camera!
All tools provided
Please note that courses are run with minimum numbers of 4
The courses are physical and require a basic level of fitness, they’re not suitable if you have severe back/ hip/ knee problems.
The courses are not normally suitable for young children but special arrangements can be made, children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult.
The locations that are used are often away from luxuries such as toilets and shelter.