Event details

Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 April
Saturday 4 May & Sunday 5 May
Tuesday 11 June & Wednesday 12 June

9.15am to 4pm

£200 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 and coffee 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 here)
  • 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. 

Stay with us

With so much to see, do, and explore in the Peak District, it's a shame to only come for the day, so why not stay a little longer? Our country cottages, shepherd's huts, hotels, and inns are the perfect base for exploring all that Chatsworth, Derbyshire, and the Peak District have to offer. Find out more.

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