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

14 April 2018

Gearstones Lodge project

28th April - 2nd May 2018

This is the fourth year of the charity build project at Gearstones Lodge outdoor activity centre (a charity near Ribblehead, North Yorkshire The project this year involves building a completely new wall on the opposite side to last year's rebuild, running parallel to the neighbours fencing. Walled from one side. Stone of some 50 tons or more of limestone from the quarry at Horton in Ribblesdale.

Gearstones extend their usual hospitality of free accommodation and free meals throughout the day.  Attendees are welcome after 5pm on the Friday evening, unfortunately the Gearstones team will not be able to provide food for the evening.Day time we start at 9.30am, so arrive early and have breakfast if you wish. If you're only able attend for a day you are most welcome to stay for an evening meal or perhaps stay over and depart the following day.

If you wish to attend please fill in the attached form below and return by email or post to the address on the form

Microsoft Office document icon Gearstones Form 2018.doc

13 February 2018

Guild qualifications - reduced rates for 2018

The Guild is offering our Advanced and Master Waller certifications for a reduced fee throughout 2018. For more details on this, and our qualifications, click here

10 February 2018

New training course added to 2018 programme

Due to popular demand, we have added an additional training course to our 2018 programme. This additional course will be held at Cropper Fold Farm, Bingley on the weekend of 6-7 October

For more information on our training courses, visit this page or click this link to book your place online

17 December 2017

Autumn Newsletter 2017

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

PDF icon Autumn newsletter 2017

13 September 2017

TCV dry stone walling handbook now available online

The TCV (formerly BTCV) handbook on dry stone walling is now available through an online subscription. The benefits of it being available through an online subscription include access to all the TCV handbooks, photos, videos and content that is continually updated. The information can be printed to take in to the field.

For more information visit the TCV Conservation Handbooks website - If you are a Guild member, contact the secretary for details of discounted subscription to the handbooks