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Dry stone walling



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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


The Ultimate Brain De-Tox! This was our second visit to the Straw Cottage at totally different times of the year and both occasions were absolutely brilliant. The total absence of traffic and general town noise was a total delight. The burbling of the stream and melodic chirping of the birds almost meditative. As last time the cottage was superbly well stocked with all your needs for a peaceful treat and the hosts fabulously friendly and very helpful. Margot's anti-rain dance also worked a treat! If you keep a watch mid morning and afternoon at the tree with the swing to the side then you might be lucky enough to spot the resident tree-creeper. Also keep the veranda table well stocked all day with peanuts and you will keep a pair of nuthatches very happy. Fabulous stay, many thanks.

Steve & Nikki

The Straw Cottage