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

03 June 2018

Dry stone walling workshop at Meadow Connections

Guild member Dave Purvis will be providing a workshop on dry stone walling at the Meadow Connections event on 14th July 2018. More information on the weekend-long event can be found on the attached flyer or on the event website

PDF icon Meadow Connections 2018 flyer

25 April 2018

DSWA 50th anniversary National Walling Competition

On 20th May 2018 the DSWA are holding a 50th anniversary national walling competition in Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria.

Bring the family and enjoy a free day of heritage crafts in the beautiful Cumbrian countryside. Watch craftsmen testing their skill in the dry stone walling competition. Enjoy countryside activities and traditional crafts including demonstrations by the National Hedgelaying Society, display of arts and crafts, cake competitions and children's games.

Competitions are open for anyone to enter - for details and entry form please see attachment. Deadline for entries - 6th May 2018

PDF icon DSWA walling competition - poster, PDF icon DSWA walling competition - schedule and entry form