26 July 2017

New places added to Yate House training course 23/24 September

Due to increased demand, we have added additional places on our training course at Yate House this September (23rd-24th). These are available to book now via the website

26 April 2017

Gearstones Lodge project

This is the third year of our charity build project at Gearstones Lodge outdoor activity centre (a charity near Ribblehead, North Yorkshire The project this year involves the taking down and rebuild of the old boundary wall adjacent to the Lodge. The wall is on sloping ground some 33m long connecting with the frontal 55m wall completed over the past two years.
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 registration form

15 April 2017

New training course dates coming soon

We are currently organising an additional training course weekend to meet the demand this year for training course places. Details will be published on the website shortly, or you can contact Graham Brown, course coordinator, for more details

07 March 2017

New for 2017: specialist walling courses

We are developing a programme of short, one day courses, with the aim of covering some of the more specialist techniques and skills, not covered in the basic weekend courses. The decision to develop these courses was taken in an effort to build the skills of Guild members. The courses can cover, for example the construction of arches, wall ends, stiles, steps, corners, pillars, as well as tackling such issues as walling on slopes.
The courses are only open to members of the Guild, who have done a basic weekend course, or who have 2 years plus experience of walling.  Each course will be led by a Guild Master Waller. The courses will be of interest to those who don't always have access to walls to practice, or established wallers looking to widen their range of skills.
The courses run over one day but may, where there is demand, be two consecutive days, each covering one of the types of topics mentioned above.  The cost is £30 per day, which is subsidised by the Guild, to allow for small groups of a maximum of four persons per day course. The programme is flexible, and is based on demand and availability of course leaders.  There are plans to run at least two or three day courses this season.  We will always try to ensure that dates suit participants, by agreeing them in advance.
If you would like more information, or to book a place, please contact Graham Brown, Course Coordinator

24 February 2017

Specialist training courses at Fountains Abbey - payment due

If you are booked on to one of the specialist training courses being held at Fountains Abbey on 6th or 7th May 2017 and haven't paid for your place, you can do so now via the website. Please visit this page and follow the screens. You can pay with your credit or debit card (check out as a guest) or your PayPal account

22 February 2017

Fountains Abbey training course - new places available

We are able to offer a limited number of additional places available on our April training course at Fountains Abbey. For more information please visit the Courses section of the website

19 November 2016

Autumn Newsletter 2016

Autumn newsletter 2016 coverOur autumn newsletter is now available to download via the link below. Highlights include:

  • Indoor walling
  • Crimplehenge project
  • Hobbit house part 2
PDF icon Autumn newsletter 2016

10 August 2016

National Citizen Service participants try their hand at dry stone walling

Guild members Keith Ledger and Dick Laidler were joined recently by National Citizen Service participants from Sheffield to help construct a permanent dry stone wall at Carlton Lodge Outdoor Centre, Carlton Miniott, Thirsk, around a grassed area which will become a picnic/BBQ area

23 May 2016

CLA dry stone walling competition

Entries for this year's CLA dry stone walling competition in association with the Yorkshire Dry Stone Walling Guild are now open. For more information about the competition and an entry form, please see the attached document. Note that the deadline for entries is 30th June

PDF icon CLA 2016 walling competition - entry form and details

16 March 2016

West Yorkshire DSWA - Gearstones Lodge part 2

Continuing from last years wall build, we intend continuing the new wall by taking down and rebuilding part of the existing wall (from were we left off last year)

Further information, including accommodation and food, can be found on the attached form

Last possible date for replays will be 31st April, but obviously EARLY REPLIES would greatly assist in our planning

Trevor Womack, West Yorkshire DSWA

Microsoft Office document icon Gearstones Lodge form