In the upland areas of the UK, such places as the Lake District , Pennines, the north-east and much of Scotland and Wales dry stone walling is the most common type of field boundary. Some in Cornwall date back to the iron age and as Britain moved away from feudalism many common land areas were enclosed. Wherever stone and labour was cheap you will find the drystone walls that offer a haven to wildlife and lichen - and animals sheltering from the weather. Dry stone walls are an integral part of our environmental history and they enhance our landscape with a sturdy rough beauty. The traditional skills of the dry stone waller are being kept alive in the UK and you too can learn how to build walls, arches and bridges. So if you want to know what a sheep creep or a lunkie is then join a course!
Would you, your friends or your family enjoy a fun and informal session building a real dry stone wall in a stunning countryside setting?
Get out in the fresh air, be next to nature, and restore an important feature that defines the British landscape.
Dry stone walling is a positive and relaxing experience which promotes mindfulness and boosts wellbeing in an inspirational, natural environment.
Delivered by highly qualified craftsmen and instructors, these events span over...
Learn dry stone walling in South West France with the London School of DSW. One week trip with full board, accommodation and training... plus a swimming pool!
Dates from 4th - 11th May 2019. The venue is in a small rural Hamlet near town of Figeac in the Lot Department, Midi Pyrénées.
'Hands-on' daily building, full support, sites cleared and prepared, stone stacked out - and ready to go. Limestone material provided when required, portable...
Two day dry stone walling course for beginners in Association with Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain
This course runs several times a year, usually between March to October.
Training Course, Round Hill Farm, Dobcross.
Training Course, for Tameside MBC at Gorse Hall, Stalybridge.
Training Course, Ridge Farm, Diggle.
Training Course, Well-i-Hole Farm, Greenfield.
Group Bookings Taken ( call for rates)
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'Hands-on' practical participation in learning about DSW techniques including; Foundations, Cheek Ends, Tie Stones, Jumpers, Fingers, Shims, Through Stones, Lintels and Top Stones.
(One over two, two over one !!)
These one day workshops are a 'hands on' introduction or improvement for DIY and interested persons of all ages and abilities aged over 16yrs.
You will build a DSW and learn the heritage and craft overview and geological terms of the different material, the engineering...
One-day dry stone walling course.
A unique opportunity to take part in constructing a 2m high, Permanant Dry Stone Boundary wall, in the heart of the Bedfordshire countryside. Probably the tallest DSW structure in the region !!
These workshops are a 'hands on' experience to the introduction or improvement for DIY and interested persons of all ages over 16yrs. You will assess the ground and setting out of building pins, batter frames and lines. You...
- Next course on 23rd March 2019
Two day dry stone walling courses on Saddleworth Moor, plus locations throughout the North and close enough for people in the Midlands.
Our usual rendezvous is at 08:45 hrs prompt in Diggle Hotel car park, Saddleworth. This is next to Bill’s B&B if you are staying there – Bill owns the land where we build – you can literally roll to the wall from your bed!
On occasion we run the course at other locations...
Beginners’ Dry Stone Walling Course - weekend in the Yorkshire Dales
The courses run from approximately 9:00am to 4:00pm over Saturday and Sunday and run throughout the year. Please get in touch for dates.
During a training course you will:
- Learn the basic principles of dry stone walling
- Contribute to the conservation of our valuable local dry stone walls
- Enjoy working in the countryside in a structured but informal atmosphere
Beginners’ Dry Stone Walling
All of our courses are suitable for beginners and improvers and are run by qualified DSWA instructors.
We have courses planned throughout the year and can arrange more if there is the demand (a minimum of 6 trainees). Please get in touch for dates and details.
It starts at about 9.30 on the Saturday and finishes at about 4.00pm on Sunday.
Each course covers: - Health and safety
- Use of...
One day taster course in dry stone walling in Conwy, North Wales.
The aim of the course is to give participants a basic introduction to dry stone walling. Content varies but concentrates on placing stone on stone and letting you see if it is worth attending a two day course. It will include some or all of dismantling a wall, digging out the foundations and relaying the wall up to the coping (top stones). It...
This course runs over two days (Saturdays and Sundays). The date listed is the first day (Saturday).
Content will involve dismantling a section of wall, digging out and laying the foundations and rebuilding the wall through to the coping (top stones). It is held in the beautiful landscape of the Sychannt Pass near Conwy.
We are also running courses on clawdd walling on August 3/4 and September 15/16. This type of walling consists of a...