Dry Stone Walling Course Dates 2018

MonthDatesLocationStone TypeInstructor
January 2018   No Course This Month    
February 2018   No Course This Month    
March 2018 17th and 18th Cancelled - Weather    
April 2018 14th and 15th Brundcliffe Farm Limestone Trevor Wragg
May 2018 12th and 13th Cowley Knoll Farm Gritstone Trevor Wragg
June 2018 16th and 17th High Ashes Farm Gritstone Carl Hardman
July 2018 14th and 15th Handley Farm Gritstone Ray Mellor
August 2018 18th and 19th High Ashes Farm Gritstone Trevor Wragg
September 2018 15th and 16th Handley Farm Gritstone Ray Mellor
October 2018 6th and 7th High Ashes Farm Gritstone Carl Hardman
November 2018 17th and 18th Green Farm Limestone Trevor Wragg
December 2018   No Course This Month    


How to book

Our preference is for you to make your booking by phone. Please call Alan Malia, branch treasurer, on 01246 280914 or 07974 508223 and leave a message if we are not able to take your call. Attendees under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Tap or click here to email us about our 2018 courses. Please include a telephone number so that we can call you back.

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Course Objectives

During a dry stone walling training course you will:

  •   Be taught by accredited DSWA Instructors 
  •   Learn the basic principals of dry stone walling 
  •   Increase your understanding of the need to conserve dry stone walls 
  •   Enjoy working in the countryside alongside others with similar interests 

Derbyshire DSWA offers structured tuition in an informal atmosphere. At the beginning of the course you will meet your instructor at an introductory welcome and briefing. The course teaches the basic principals of dry stone walling, which will involve taking down (stripping out) a derelict or damaged section of wall and rebuilding it to DSWA standards. You can work at your own pace and are not under pressure.
The courses are open to anyone from 13 to 80+, provided they are reasonable fit and well. Attendees under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Serious injuries in walling are rare, but care is needed when handling and working with stone to avoid back, hand, foot and eye injuries. Your instructor will give safety instruction and guidance.

Course Information

Derbyshire branch novice and improvers courses take place in most weather conditions. However, if snow or severe frost is forecast please phone the training co-ordinator or instructor to check.
Level: Novice and Improvers Time: 9.30am to 4.30pm Cost: £95 per person per two day course

Help for Heroes - there is no charge for Serving and Reservist Personnel and Veterans who have suffered injuries or illness as a result of their service to the Nation. 

Proceeds from the Beginners course fees promote a greater understanding and knowledge about the traditional craft of dry stone walling and to encourage the repair and maintenance of dry stone walls throughout the country.

  •   Ample parking at all sites
  •   Toilet facilities are available near the walling site
  •   First Aid equipment is kept by instructors
  •   Derbyshire DSWA training courses have public liability insurance to cover course members
  •   Tools, pins and lines provided
  •   Participants need to inform us of any significant medical issues on the application form in advance or discuss with the instructor prior to the course

Equipment Required

Packed lunch, snacks and hot/cold drinks

  •   Hat and sun block (if hot weather)
  •   Durable clothing
  •   Waterproofs
  •   A pair of safety glasses
  •   Strong boots or suitable footwear, preferably with toecaps
  •   A pair of strong protective gloves - click here for recommended glove types


Accommodation is available at some of the locations below - please see the individual venue websites.

Click here for further information about tourism and accomodation in the Peak District.

Brundcliffe Farm is near Hartington. It is on the east side of the A515, just south of the turn to Hartington. Look out for the DSWA sign. Postcode is SK17 0BA. The stone here is Limestone. http://www.brundcliffefarm.co.uk/

Bushey Heath Farm is on Tideswell Moor. Look out for the DSWA sign. Postcode is SK17 8JE. The stone here is Limestone. http://busheyheathfarm.com/

Cowley Knoll Farm is in the village of Birchover. Look out for the DSWA sign. Postcode is DE4 2BH. The stone here is Gritstone.
Click here for the location of Cowley Knoll Farm

Green Farm is on Main Street, Biggin by Hartington, SK17 0DH. Halfway between the Waterloo Inn and the church. The stone here is Limestone.

Handley Farm is at the end of a track south off Wilderbrook Lane in Shottle. Look out for the DSWA sign, the turning onto the track is close to a house opposite on Wilderbrook Lane. Postcode is DE56 2DT. The stone here is Gritstone. Click here for the location of Handley Farm, Shottle - the arrow shows the correct location of the farm, not as marked by text on Google maps.

High Ashes Farm - High Ashes Lane, Ashover, Chesterfield, S45 0LH. The stone here is Gritstone. Click here for accommodation at High Ashes. 

Mulino Lodge is on Agnes Meadow Lane, Kniveton. Look out for the DSWA signs at the turn off Kniveton Lane. Postcode is DE6 1JR. The stone here is Limestone. http://www.mulinopods.co.uk/


All of our instructors are working wallers, certified by the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain and with decades of experience. They are also all qualified instructors and have been taking these courses for many years. All of our sites have been used previously and hundreds of people have enjoyed their time there. Our sites are 'real' walling environments where your work will remain and contribute to the landscape for many years to come, not just be re-built by the next course.

Carl Hardman 07768 978846

Trevor Wragg  07702 925309

Ray Mellor 07904 883902