18 March 2020

Coronavirus updates


We have been notified that the DSWA Wallathon has been postponed

Please, for your health and safety and that of others, follow current Goverment guidance on handwashing, social distancing and self-isolation. You can find this information on the and NHS websites. Stay at home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.

Finally, please checking the website and our Facebook page for updates from us. We thank you for your understanding in these challenging times



We have been notified that this year's Great Yorkshire Show has been cancelled



Further to recent developments and updated Government guidance regarding the coronavirus, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel all training courses, specialist walling courses and practice meets until 1st July 2020. We have also cancelled all participation at events until this date, although many organisers have already cancelled or postponed the events anyway.

If you have booked a place on one of the affected courses, we will be in contact with you shortly to discuss your options. Please bear with us whilst we do this.

Please, for your health and safety and that of others, follow current Goverment guidance on handwashing, social distancing and self-isolation. You can find this information on the and NHS websites

Finally, please checking the website and our Facebook page for updates from us. We thank you for your understanding in these challenging times



Following recent developments regarding the coronavirus, we wanted to update you with relation to our upcoming courses.

The course at Fountains Abbey on 4/5 April has been cancelled. All participants should have been contacted with more information, but should you have any queries please contact us

The specialist courses scheduled for 16/17 May have also been cancelled.

Currently, we intend to run upcoming practice meets. However, we do ask participants follow the current Government guidance which is currently as follows:

Please keep checking the website and our Facebook page for updates on upcoming events

08 February 2020

2020 events calendar now online

Our calendar of events and practice meets/taster sessions is now online. We have a couple new practice meets this year at Manor House Farm in Clint. For more information on our events, click here

05 October 2019

DSWA Reeth wallathon - 19/20 October

The Dry Stone Walling Association (DSWA), in conjunction with The Prince’s Countryside Fund, is working with farmers in the Reeth area to restore some of the 3500 metres of walls devastated by floods.
We are hoping to rebuild 200 metres of walls during the WALLATHON and would really like your help to achieve this. The event is open to all. Volunteer wallers and helpers are needed over the weekend. Even if you can only make one day, it would be a great help.
For more information, please see the attached flyer
PDF icon Wallathon flyer, PDF icon Location map

22 September 2019

2020 walling courses

Our 2020 walling courses are now available to book - visit our Walling Courses pages for more information

11 August 2019

Reeth Show storm damage dry stone walling competition

After the recent storms, at the Reeth Show there will be a special dry stone walling competition with good cash prizes up for grabs. For more information see the attachment or contact the organisers of the competition, Tony, directly - phone 07973 767023

PDF icon Reeth Show walling competition poster

23 July 2019

Dry stone waller talk in Grassington

The Stripey Badger Bookshop in Grassington is putting on a talk from dry stone waller and folklorist, Whitney Brown, on Saturday 17th August. Whitney learned dry stone walling in Wales and continues it over in America. She will be talking about the techniques she uses (which could be quite different to those used around here) as well as dry stone walling over in America.

PDF icon Walling talk poster

18 July 2019

Great Yorkshire Showground kissing seat makes appearance in Yorkshire Post

A surprise spot in the Yorkshire Post recently by member Dave Purvis was our kissing seat project from 2010, in an article with "The Yorkshire Vet", Peter Wright.

Click here to see the photo and the article

01 March 2019

Specialist walling courses for Guild members

Our 2019 calendar of specialist walling courses for members of the Guild has now been published and are available to book online. For more information on specialist walling courses, to view the diary and to book your place, click here

01 March 2019

Stones: A poem about dry stone walling

by Malcolm Corps, Wensleydale

Upon this land so lovely, and plain for us to see, are walls that have been built by man, over many a century. Not only do they do a job to hold the farmers stock, but I find a natural beauty in every single rock.

Broad bottoms with a narrow top and “Capping Stones” to boot, and some with styles within their length, to help walkers on their route. They are a thing of natural forms, put together just by man, working at one with nature in every way he can.

I think that’s why they look so good, they are from where they came, they’ve just been moved about a bit, to make an enclosure or a lane.
I wish I’d been a Waller when I left those days of school, with work a plenty everywhere, and you don’t need many tools!

I’ve always wanted to have a go, at building dry stone walls, and not to work within constraints, but just where nature calls.
I’ve built a wall in my garden and built a large pond too, I have to say they don’t look bad, cos I didn’t have a clue.

A friend once said “just bang em on” but for me that just won’t do, there’s a place for every single stone, especially the “Through”
Without that stone so nicely placed you’ll come to realise, it won’t look as good or last as long, and meet with its demise.

Don’t forget your “Grunders” the most important stones, the base for you to build upon, and yes!  they’ll make you groan.
To get them just, in the right place, is really quite a task, but will they hold your wall up?
You need not really ask!

Oh! Don’t forget those “Fillers” that hold the wall within, get rid of all those “Dogheads”, whether fat or thin.
Those stones that have no clear shape, the really awkward bits, they’ll all go in there somewhere and everyone will fit.

“Risers” are above the base, the ones you build up on, to gain some height and keep it tight help moving things along.
And don’t forget each stone of course, yes it has a “Face”, you must use this for a pleasing look, which can, slow down your pace.

But when you’re finished and you stand back and see what you’ve just done, you can take a sense of pride in it, and  “When it’s done, it’s DONE!!”  

03 December 2018

Autumn Newsletter 2018

Our autumn newsletter is now available to download via the link below

PDF icon 2018 Autumn Newsletter