Dry Stone Walling Courses.
Dry Stone Walls - Their Place in the Landscape - A two day course.
On the first day discover how, why and when dry stone walls were built. Learning about the history and techniques of dry stone walling opens your eyes to mysteries of these much loved facets of our landscape. Stuart will lead a walk through the beautiful Radnorshire hills looking at old walls in their historic environment and you will learn about how they are constructed, who put them there and why. On the second day Stuart gives instruction in the basic techniques of dry stone wall building and everyone can have a go at constructing your own little piece of wall.
An Introduction to the History and Practice of Dry Stone Walling - A one day course
The day starts with an introduction to dry stone walling, looking at some walls on the farm, seeing how they are constructed and discussing the different styles of walling. The rest of the day is spent learning the basic techniques of dry stone walling and building a piece of wall.
Stuart Fry will lead the courses. Stuart is a professional dry stone waller working in the hills of Mid Wales. He holds the Advanced qualification of the Stone Walling Association of Great Britain. He is also a Landscape Archaeologist and combines both specialities in these one and two day courses. Participants will not only learn the basic rudiments of building a dry stone wall but will also learn about the history of how and when they were built. Stuart is particularly interested in wall dating and the conservation aspects of walls in their environment. From geology to wildlife, from defence to enclosure, dry stone walls epitomise man's influence on the landscape and these fascinating short courses with enthral anyone who has an interest in the countryside.
Dates for 2015
Two day courses
April 11 & 12
September 19 & 20
(Further dates may be added, contact us if you have a group and want a particular date)
Each day will start at 9.30am – whilst you enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with homemade cake, Stuart will give the background of the day. A lunch of locally prepared food will be served. The day will finish at 4.00pm with afternoon tea.
Cost £170 which includes refreshments on arrival, locally prepared lunches and afternoon teas on both days.
Overnight accommodation which is extra is available either at Granary Cottage or The Straw Cottage on a self catering basis or bed and breakfast accommodation is available at one of the local farms which are within a mile of Ty Gwyn
One day courses
May 2, June 27 (Further dates may be added, contact us if you have a group and want a particular date)
The day will start at 9.30am - whilst you enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with homemade cake, Stuart will give the background of the day. A lunch of locally prepared food will be served. The day will finish at 4.00pm with afternoon tea.
Cost £85 which includes refreshments on arrival, a locally prepared lunch and afternoon tea.
Level of fitness
You should be capable of walking over uneven and hilly ground for several hours and climbing over stiles. The pace of the walk will allow time to simply stand and stare and soak in the landscape and history you are seeing. On the practical day whilst you will obviously need to be able to bend and pick up the stones we do not use very heavy material and providing you can handle the weekly shopping bags you should be fine!
What to wear and bring
You will need good comfortable walking boots and suitable clothing for the weather, it can be chillier on the open hills – so bring layers that you can take on or off according to the weather. Binoculars and cameras are a good idea.
For those wishing to travel by public transport, we can arrange collection from Llandrindod Wells station or bus stop.