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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 May & October.
6th & 7th May - Gorse Hall, Gorse Hall Lane, Stalybridge FULLY BOOKED
5th & 6th August - Harrop Edge, Lark Hill Road, Dobcross, Saddleworth FULLY BOOKED
21st & 22nd October - Harrop Edge, Lark Hill Road, Dobcross, Saddleworth FULLY BOOKED
Please ring or email for a booking form
All of our courses are suitable for both beginners and improvers and are run by qualified and certified DSWA instructors.
Each course is run over two days (9:00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.) and covers:
Health and safety
Use of tools
Preparing the site
Building the wall
Printed material provided at end of course
All our courses are very practical and over the two days, you will take down and rebuild a section of dry stone wall. You can work at your own pace and there is plenty of opportunity for discussion.Lots of help for those that may struggle.
all our walls are on working farms, and serve a purpose in maintaining the upkeep and management of the countryside. All our drywalls are built to a higher standard of the walls that they replace each wall is recorded and photograph for future generations to enjoy.
Places on courses are limited to a maximum of 12 participants per instructor and this ensures that you get plenty of individual attention.
Of course, many people who attend our courses want to continue to improve their walling skills. The best way to do this is to join the Dry Stone Walling Association (currently £35 per year) - you will then be eligible to attend any of our walling practice sessions free of charge.
What's included in the price?
All of the tools that you will need are provided, but you should wear stout boots and heavy duty, non-slip gloves. It’s advisable to bring water-proofs / sun hat & sun cream.
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.
Its advisable to bring a packed lunch and refreshments.
Simple toilet is provided
Satisfaction of building your own section of wall that will remain untouched for the next 100 years.
On conclusion of the day, each participant is provided with a range of excellent informative handouts, brochures and a - 'Certificate of Acheivement'.
Dry stone walling has always played a part in our English Countryside heritage, and like many people I'm sure, has been an unspoken ambition of mine to learn the skill of. So one day, just thought carpe diem, and subsequently spend 2 fantastic days, helping build a Dairy Farmer's wall, in idyllic settings. Hard work but great fun, made so by the expert and enthusiastic trainers, who thankfully all had a strong sense of humour. Felt at ease playing the apprentice in a highly professional training environment. Great fellow learners, performing serious manual work, not used to, but rewarding in helping maintain the longevity of a wonderful craft, with modern day farming relevancy. Try it!
Have photographed and admired dry stone walls all my life and appreciated them as a part of our heritage/landscape, however had no idea how they were built. So googled away until I found the DSWA and decided to attend a weekend course.
It was fantastic, really lovely instructors, ditto the other attendees. We got stuck in and got to see our wall grow, satisfying, physical and fun.
I had always fancied a go, just to learn the basics, but - of course - never got round to it. This was solved by my wife who bought me the course as a 60th birthday present. A very interesting and informative weekend was spent among like minded and friendly co-students - led by enthusiastic, knowledgeable and entertaining tutors. Hard work though - but good fun. I can recommend the course to all.
What a great two days, spent learning a new and valuable skill. The tutors were excellent and allowed everyone to work at their own pace. By the end of the weekend we had built a beautiful dry stone wall that should hopefully last for many, many years. I would thoroughly recommend this course to any one wanting to give dry stone walling a try or to brush up on some existing skills. I will be back!
Signing on this two day course was a result of pure curiosity, as to what goes into building the miles of dry stone walls that lace the landscape.
The course indeed satisfied my curiosity to some tune, thanks to the great atmosphere that the guys running the course create and the relaxed way they pass on their skills. It was a really positive and enthusiastic experience that you couldn't fail to enjoy learning in.
You couldn't move for phones being drawn to capture our own sections of the completed wall at the end of the day on a photo. What a great sense of achievement!
As you have probably gathered I would strongly recommend this course to anyone. And though I have satisfied the curiosity, I have kept on walling.
Firstly i would like to say what a friendly group of people the members are. I had a great weekend learning the basics of dry stone walling with plenty of informal tuition as well as some gathering around a flipchart with Chris who is excellent. I teamed up with another student (Frank) and over two days we built a section of wall that should last a few years!
First class experience and after joining I am looking forwards to some days in the fresh air re-building stone walls for everybody's enjoyment of our landscape heritage.
Brilliant course + experience in general. Really welcoming, inspiring people. I'm definitely going to carry on walling, but would very much advise future course members to take warm layers + waterproofs... Anyone who showed up in jeans really suffered in the driving rain + wind of the sunday, but I was v.impressed that no-one chickened out 'cause of the weather. Such a satisfying craft. Thanks!
My great grandfather was a dry stone waller so I wanted to try and learn the skill and make a contribution to my local loved Pennine lanscape. I completed the course in August 2014. I thoroughly enjoyed the course it was just what I was hoping for; although my muscles would tell you a different story! Some endurance and stamina is required. The teaching was undertaken by Chris who is knowledgeable, skilled and experienced. The learning included the building and construction of the wall, a review of health and safety issues and the tools needed for the job in hand. The best part is the practice element, just getting going and having a go with like minded people. Building a wall can be frustrating but once you have found that perfect stone its so satisfying. Contributing to a structure that could last hundreds of years, is fantastic. The opportunity is there for you, just give it a go..
A well constructed course (in every sense of the word). Clear, concise instruction prior to us constructing each section of the wall. Then lots of practical advice and encouragement during the building process. At the end of the course it was so satisfying to step back and admire our own work. A brilliant 2 days (despite the weather on Sunday morning). I would recommend it to anyone
An informative and practical based course that was well organised and run over the two days. Excellent fun with plenty of opportunity to practice new techniques and reflect on your achievements with enthusiastic and good humoured instructors. Excellent value for money and thoroughly recommended.
After having wanting to learn the craft of drystone walling for many years I finally found time and enrolled on a course. From the initial booking to the completion of the course everything was first class, so much so I ended up joining the DSWA and have carried on practice with my local branch. The organisation of the course was carefully structured so that you understood the basic principles as you had hands on practice in constructing a wall which remains in place with a purpose. The small group numbers to instructors ensured you were well supervised but allowed to get on with the works. Would certainly recommend this course to anyone with an interest in this traditional skill. My advice is don't think about it just do it and book a course.