About the 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 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.
May - Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th - Ollerbrook Farm, Edale, Derbyshire
June - Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th - Grindslow House, Edale, Derbyshire
October - Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th - Marsh Head Farm, Diggle, Saddleworth
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.
"Carl the tutor and a master at the craft was really excellent, giving advice and instruction and pacing the work carefully. My fears about being "up to it" were completely unfounded, you can work at your own pace. In our group everyone helped one another which made it a very pleasant day (the weather did help being a lovely sunny day in the Peak District National Park)" - Brian Sept 2016
"Fantastic weekend in a lovely part of the world. Great fun, hard work (but don't let that put you off) and a great group of folk to spend the weekend with. The course is extremely well organised, takes you through the basics and then straight in to the practice of breaking down an old dry stone wall and rebuilding it. There is always great advice and help given, and great locally sourced food provided for a well earned lunch" - David and Helen Oct 2017
"I reckon you have nailed the format for the course, pace was right, the food and refreshments were good and the atmosphere was good" - Manuel Oct 2017
"Massive thanks for the experience! I thought the balance between instruction and space to put into practice what had been taught was just right. I really appreciated that you didn’t make it too easy - we had to do a lot of thinking and trying for ourselves (even when it took forever to find the right stone!). The venue was great, and the quality of food was outstanding! It was above and beyond" - Helen April 2018
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
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
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.
Brian Halton - - #21420
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.
Susie Eleanor - - #21416
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