A fun, informal and uplifting experience for all in the Peak District National Park. A uniquely superior choice.
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 Dry Stone Walling Association accredited instructors, these events span over two days. They are open to all abilities and ages, and involve the rebuilding of a dilapidated dry stone wall. You will learn the basic principles of how to strip out, prepare and restore a traditional dry stone wall to its former glory, a truly exhilarating, tangible and rewarding experience.
Stand back at the end of the session, invigorated, and admire your work, a dry stone wall that will last for hundreds of years!
The courses are run at various locations and have ample parking, shelter and toilets.
You will be taught by DSWA accredited instructors who are full time experienced dry stone wallers.
Instructors are first aid trained and carry a first aid kit.
Courses are open to all age groups and abilities inclusively.
We have public liability insurance.
Under 18's must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
On both days complimentary tea, coffee, fruit, refreshments and a hearty locally sourced artisan lunch is included.
Ample parking, shelter and toilets.
All tools and equipment will be provided.
Accommodation details can be provided upon request.
Home made carrot and parsnip soup with Peak District baked oven bottom muffin
Wallers Lunch - Locally farmed ham, vegetarian quiche, hand prepared farmhouse chutney, free range egg and all the trimmings
Locally made chocolate brownie/flapjack style cake
Home made leek and potato soup with Peak District baked oven bottom muffin
Wallers Lunch - Locally sourced pork pie, Saddleworth Lancashire cheese, hand prepared farmhouse chutney, free range egg and all the trimmings
Locally made chocolate brownie/flapjack style cake
2 days (9:00am to 4:00pm)
This craft course provider has been awarded Gold status for receiving 10 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.
The Students' Choice award ensures that course providers get recognised for their efforts in the teaching and practice of UK craft.
They also allow tutors to gain valuable feedback on their courses and for new students to find the course that's right for them.
An outstanding weekend led by a fantastic team. Carl and Ray were very helpful and Sharon kept us all well fed and watered. Filled us with enthusiasm and can’t wait to get further experiences. Thank you
What a grand 2 days out! The team (Carl, Sharon & Ray) provided a brilliant introduction to drystone walling and a memorable experience. The knowledge and guidance provided by Carl & Ray has given me the confidence to go out and start repairing walls in my local area. I have already got a project lined up! The teaching methods and general approach made understanding the complexities of drystone walling easy to follow and put into practice. Great course and I would definitely recommend it!
Carl and Sharon were very accommodating in responding to our request for one waller and one spectator. Simon had a fabulous weekend of instruction and I enjoyed dipping in and out to alternately watch the progress and go for long walks in the beautiful countryside, pick up a few tips and enjoy Sharon's fabulous locally sourced lunch. A perfect arrangement for us. Simon gained a great deal of satisfaction from working with the rest of the team to dismantle a damaged section of wall and then to see the finished, rebuilt product on Sunday afternoon. It was a real sense of achievement and a big thanks to both Carl and Ray for their patient instruction.
An excellent introduction to dry stone walling. Carl is a patient and helpful instructor, who gives clear and helpful advice with humour and purpose, explaining in simple terms the rationale behind the advice. The lunch was very good and filling.
This was an excellent course. Carl patiently and professionally explained and demonstrated the various techniques of taking down a section of wall that was in disrepair, grading the stone, preparing the footings, selecting the stone and assembling a wall that will last a couple of hundred years. I found the whole experience fascinating. A 3D puzzle that was solved as a team. Sharon provided superb support making sure we were fed and watered. The food was excellent.
A truly great experience and highly rewarding. Met a really grand bunch of people and bonded really well over the two days in a beautiful setting. Carl and Sharon were went the extra yard to make us all feel welcome, and I cannot recommend the course highly enough.
The two day course exceeded expectations. Professional but fun and now have the confidence to tackle small walls and repairs myself. Attended with my husband and was a great couples experience. Carl and Sharon are perfect teachers and hosts.
Well what can I say but a bloody fantastic experience. From the minute the first email came through detailing everything and anything you needed to know, right up to being with a fabulous group in a setting of such beauty it takes your breath away. I can’t praise these guys enough for a really informative course. I had never done anything like this before but Carl and Daniel gave clear easy to follow instructions and made the 2 days a absolute joy. I would recommend this course, the setting, the care and attention to detail spot on.
A great course, just what I was looking for.
Learnt a lot, enjoyed the company, the food and the location. Also excellent teaching.
What an amazing opportunity! Great teachers, great views, great experience...and let's not forget the soup...
This was a fantastic 2 day course in Edale. With just a small group of eight people it was friendly and fun. In two days we achieved so much, deconstructing an existing piece of wall and rebuilding it from scratch. Carl was an excellent tutor letting everyone work at their own pace. It was wonderful to learn with such an expert craftsperson. We've built a wall which will stand for 200 years and it was a pleasure.
The wallers lunch was good too!
Although complete novices we successfully deconstructed a poor section of wall and rebuilt a "Stock Proof" beautiful section of wall to last the next 200 years. This illustrates what a "well oiled experience" Carl and Sharon's introduction to Dry Stone Walling is. A wonderful and educational week-end!
A thoroughly enjoyable two days spent in the very capable hands of Carl and Dan. Every aspect of the weekend was well planned and executed, with a beautiful dry stone wall to show for our efforts. Skills were generously shared and a great team spirit built up over regular mugs of hot tea and soup! Highly recommended.
I received the course as a surprise gift - and it turned out to be a really great surprise!
Carl and Daniel are extremely good teachers (and patient!) and are obviously very skilled at their craft. They took time to get to know everyone on the course and the result was everyone was made to feel part of the team - and the resulting banter was every bit as good as the refreshments.
Great weekend guys.
An excellent course with lots of good fun and chat mixed with real hands-on experience. The lads are patient teachers and are great at instructing us "would be" novice wallers. The wild and unspoilt location is fantastic, but tea and lunch breaks are delivered with tablecloth / napkins and panache....yes even up the mountains!!!
Congratulation on the course, would love to return for another.
Do not hesitate to book this course. What an amazing 2 days of fun. I learned a lot from this and now feel confident to try my hand at building my own wall. Both Carl and Daniel are masters at the craft and brilliant teachers. The bonus that I was not expecting was the food! Locally sourced "walling" lunch and delicious home made soup. The presentation was beautiful and spotless.
Thanks again for a brilliant weekend - I am buzzing.