Dry Stone Walling

With Kevin Toal

Dry stone walls are an environmentally friendly way of using existing local material to provide stock proof barriers and shelter to farm animals and natural habitat for wildlife. On Mendip, in particular, they are like the bones of the landscape, and are very characteristic.

The dry stone walling courses have an informal format. We start with a greeting and introduction, followed by health and safety briefings.

The first hour is spent introducing the theory of the basic construction of a dry stone wall and how to put one together. After a short break, we head out to the wall and you will have a demonstration of how to dismantle a wall and lay the stone out.

Once the wall is down the foundations will be prepared and construction of the wall begins with a demonstration of how to build good foundations. The first lift is then demonstrated and course participants follow on. By the end of the first day we aim to have the wall built up to knee height.

The following day we start with more instruction and the second lift to wall height.  

Timing: 2 days – Sat 9am arrival for 9.30 start, finish by 4pm latest, Sun 9.30 start, finish by 3pm

Price per person: £95