Dry Stone Walling Association

Chatsworth Country Fair 2019

Another great effort from our members over three days, producing a beautiful seating area at Chatsworth and engaging with the public to promote our craft and the courses we run.
Thanks to all who attended and contributed, and for the tremendous support of our back of house team, keeping us fed and watered. Well done all!!

Carl Hardman, Chair, DDSWA


The Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain (DSWA) is a charitable organisation that was founded in 1968. The Derbyshire branch was established in 1982 and includes members in the neighbouring counties of Cheshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire. Our purpose is to advance education in the craft and heritage of dry stone walling for the public benefit. The Derbyshire branch officers are: Carl Hardman, Chair, 07768 978846, Trevor Wragg, Vice Chair, 07702 925309, Jon Earnshaw, Secretary, 07879 673450 and Alan Malia, Treasurer, 07974 508223.

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Dry Stone Walling Courses for Beginners - 2020 dates now available

We run a comprehensive training programme of dry stone walling courses for members of the public with little or no experience to 'have a go' at dry stone walling. Weekend courses run every month from March to November.

Click here for details of dry stone walling courses for beginners in 2020.

Practice Weekends for Members - 2020 dates now available

For our members, we organise practice weekends to improve skill levels through evaluation by a qualified instructor. Different sites are used to gain experience on the different stone types native to Derbyshire.

Click here for details of practice weekends for members in 2020.

Shows - 2019

Our members regularly demonstrate the craft of walling at country shows throughout the region.

Click here for details of dry stone walling demonstrations in 2019.

Monthly Meetings

There is no branch meeting in December. The January meeting is the Christmas meal on Wednesday 22nd January 2020 at the Devonshire Arms in Hartington - contact Carl to book. Monthly meetings resume at 7pm on Wednesday 26th February 2020 at The Royal Oak, Hurdlow, Near Buxton, SK17 9QJ www.peakpub.co.uk.