Course information

Training courseThe course fee is only £99 for the whole weekend. You will receive two days of intensive instruction and our instructor to pupil ratio is never more than 1:5, thus ensuring you receive great tuition over both days whilst maintaining a high level of safety. Also included in the price are

  • a pair of quality safety glasses, to take home
  • an attendance certificate
  • introductory membership to the Yorkshire Dry Stone Walling Guild

The Fountains Abbey site is a training area where walls are built as temporary structures. On all other courses the wall is a permanent structure, expected to last for hundreds of years.

Cancellation policy

The Guild reserves the right to cancel or reschedule courses where an adequate number of bookings is not received. We make every effort to avoid this, sometimes this is unavoidable. Should this occur, we will contact you to discuss your options. Should you wish to cancel a full refund will be issued.

Should you need to cancel or rearrange your booking please let us know as soon as possible

Insurance and safety

The Guild has Public Liability insurance covering instructors and students. Students are welcome to arrange their own cover if they wish. All our instructors are fully trained in first aid and their qualifications are regularly refreshed.

Equipment required

Tools, equipment and eye protection will be provided but students will need to bring:

  • Clothing for all weathers
  • Sun cream/hat
  • Stout boots - steel toe boots are recommended
  • Work gloves (such as riggers or PVC dipped - the latter work well when handling wet or dry stone
  • Lunch and plenty refreshments, particularly in hot weather

More information on equipment required and personal safety whilst walling can be downloaded below. Information on the importance of staying hydrated can also be downloaded below

Courses start at 9.00am and finish around 4.00pm. Toilets are available. There is limited mobile coverage at National Trust Fountains Abbey and so we recommend mobile devices are left in your vehicle.

Please note: instructors reserve the right to refuse students with inadequate footwear. Gloves are strongly recommended as your hands will get very sore without them.

Further details about our courses are available upon request

Places are limited and will only be reserved upon receipt of full payment. You can pay for your course by cheque, or online with your debit or credit card


The majority of our courses take place in the Harrogate district (Harrogate, Ripon, Masham). If you would like help finding accommodation near your course, please don't hesitate to contact the course coordinator. Whilst the Guild is happy to assist in finding you accommodation for your course, you are responsible for making your own bookings. For recommendations on accommodation and food establishments from previous course attendees, click here

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