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Dry stone walling



Straw Cottage

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Dry Stone Walling, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, Mid Wales

Dry Stone Walling Courses.

2018 dates will be listed shortly.

An Introduction to the History and Practice of Dry Stone Walling - 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 2017

Two day courses

April 22 & 23 & June 24 & 25



(Contact us if you have a group and want a particular date)

On Saturday we will start at 9.30am, on Sunday a 10.00 start – 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 on Saturday and at 3.30 on Sunday 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

April 22 & June 24  (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!

3-march12_037.JPGWhat 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.

Granary Cottage


Fantastic warm cosy getaway with stunning views.Granary Cottage was immaculately clean and the perfect size for our mother and daughter getaway. Both bedrooms are en suite which gives that little extra luxury and isn’t often the case in 2 bedrooms properties. It’s in a remote location up beautiful winding roads but at the same time is only 10 minutes drive from the town of Llandrindod Wells which has all the facilities needed eg supermarkets, local shops, pharmacy, train station, library. In the cottage we arrived to the beds all made up and lovely plump towels in each bathroom. It’s been converted beautifully with visible beams and a large celiac window in the living room (which is upstairs). From here the views of the mountains, complete with sheep of course, are absolutely stunning. The owners are friendly and helpful but also won’t intrude on your stay at all, despite living in the farmhouse next door. Overall we had a fantastic time and we’re so happy we found this accommodation. We felt it was also magnificent value for money.


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