Course Provider: Dry Stone Walling Association Otley and Yorkshire Dales branch
Contact Name: Brian Hartley
3 Arthington Garth
Course Length: 2 days
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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
- Be taught by accredited DSWA instructors and members of the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain
The OTLEY AND YORKSHIRE DALES BRANCH training courses offer structured tuition for men, women and young people in an informal atmosphere. All the instructors hold the DSWA Instructors Certificate and are members of the Association. At the beginning of the course you will meet your instructor, and any assistants, at an introductory briefing and welcome. The course teaches the basic principles of dry stone walling which will involve taking down (“stripping out”) a derelict or damaged section of wall and rebuilding it to a satisfactory standard. You can work at your own pace and not under pressure.
These courses are open to anyone from teens to 80+, providing they are reasonably fit and well. If you have any medical condition, which you think that your instructor should know about, you should inform him. Serious injuries in walling are rare, but care is needed when handling and working with stones to avoid back, hand, feet and eye injuries. Safety instruction and guidance will be given by the instructor.
All training courses run by DSWA have public liability insurance to cover course members for third party risks. Course participants should arrange their own personal insurance if they feel this is relevant.
There are male and female toilet facilities near the walling site.
Booking confirmation will be sent to you on receipt of completed booking form and payment. Full course details and directions to the site will be sent to you about a week before the course date.
During the course you may be working away from the car park, and consequently you are advised to keep your valuables with you.
Clothing Appropriate clothing and protection will help you enjoy the event more. In addition to a robust jacket and over-trousers (for colder weather), layers of working clothes suitable for all weathers are recommended to protect against any dusty, muddy or wet conditions.
Many people (including professional wallers) find that kneepads (available at DIY stores or from the DSWA) or a garden kneeler are a sensible form of protection. Strong, protective gloves are essential. PVC types are good for wet conditions; some people like to wear a thin lining glove inside such gloves. Thin cotton or suede gardening gloves will not last or give sufficient protection for stone work.
What's included in the price?
Please bring a packed lunch and hot or cold drinks on both days.
It is a good idea to bring a hat, sun-block and plenty of drinking water in hot weather.
£45 concessions (Under-16’s, student, unemployed, 60-plus)
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