Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 April | 9.15am – 4pm
£175 per person
Restoring a dry stone wall is a positive and relaxing experience which promotes mindfulness and boosts wellbeing in an inspirational natural environment.
Join us for a fun and informal dry stone walling course building a real dry stone wall in a stunning countryside setting. Get out in the fresh air, be next to nature, and restore an important feature that defines the British landscape.
Delivered by highly qualified craftspeople and instructors, this event spans over two days. The course is open to all abilities aged over 16 and involves the rebuilding of a dilapidated dry stone wall. During the two days you will learn the basic principles of how to strip out, prepare and restore a traditional dry stone wall to its former glory, a truly exhilarating, tangible and rewarding experience.
Stand back at the end of the session, invigorated, and admire your work, a dry stone wall that will last for hundreds of years!
The courses are run within the Chatsworth Estate and have ample parking, shelter and toilets. You will be taught by DSWA accredited instructors who are full time experienced dry stone wallers.
Be prepared, the weather can be changeable and our countryside locations are exposed.
Planning your day
- Meet at The Chatsworth Game Lodge, Edensor at 9.15am, ready for a 9.30am start. The day will start with a full health and safety briefing, an opportunity to meet the team and discuss the day ahead.
- The What3words location for our meeting point is - hockey.icicles.landed (drive through Edensor Village until you see a right hand turn up to the Game Lodge, it will be clearly signposted)
- Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided
What do I need to bring?
- A waterproof hooded jacket, waterproof over trousers and warm clothing.
- Lots of layers as you will soon warm up on colder days! (and cool down when we take a break).
- Sun block and a sun hat for all times of the year.
- Steel toe cap boots or strong hiking boots with ankle protection.
- Durable work wear.
- Gloves, we recommend two types of gloves, the blue knitted wrist nitra style or rubber coated builders gloves (please see photos below)
- Safety goggles or glasses for some or all of this activity are recommended
- Plenty of water
- A packed lunch
In some extreme weather circumstances it may be necessary for safety reasons to cancel all or part of the course. If severe weather is forecast then please phone us prior to travelling.
Looking for somewhere to stay?
We have a collection of hotels, inns, cottages and restaurants on and around the Chatsworth Estate that will make your visit even more special. Visit the Devonshire Hotels & Restaurants website to find out more and to book online.