A basic weekend course starts at 9.30 on the Saturday, finishes about 4.00pm on Sunday and requires no prior experience of walling. By the end, you should be competent enough to repair those gaps in your own wall!
During the weekend you, alongside other participants, will take down and re-build a length of wall under the expert eye of a qualified instructor. All tools are provided and Branch members will also be on hand to help.
It is physical, but anyone of average fitness can take part and it is very satisfying to have your photo taken by the finished wall – you can genuinely say ‘I did that’!
Please see our Events page for further details of our Courses over the forthcoming year.
What’s covered in a weekend course?
- Health and safety
- Use of tools
- Preparing the site
- Laying foundations
- Building the walls to full height
- Finishing off or ‘coping’ the wall
Our courses are very practical: over the two days you will take down and rebuild a section of dry-stone wall. You work at your own pace and there is plenty of opportunity for discussion. Courses are limited to 12 participants per instructor to ensure you get plenty of individual attention.
Our sites are ‘real ‘walling environments where your work will remain to contribute to the landscape for many years to come, and not just be rebuilt by the next course.
All tools are provided, but you should wear heavy duty, non-slip gloves and safety boots (ideally steel toe capped – big rocks, height, toes and trainers isn’t a good combination!). Water-proofs and a hat are advisable and remember sun-screen during the summer. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided, but you should bring a packed lunch each day.
The weekend costs £80. We also offer gift vouchers (valid for two years).
Interested? Please use our Online Course Booking Form, or contact Peter Curtis on firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 07748 982316. We will then get back to confirm payment arrangements and further course details.
Alternatively, you can book by post, including payment by cheque. Just print out the form below and send the completed copy to:
1 Serrells Mead Cottage
Please reserve ____ places(s) on the course to be run
on ___________ (date) at _____________________ (venue)
Telephone (evening/weekend): ____________________
Emergency contact number:
My dry stone walling experience is best described as:
___ None ___ Slight ___ Moderate ___ Experienced
I enclose a cheque for £ ____ (£80 per person) made payable to
Bank account transfer payment can be arranged on request.
Please note when we issue the course joining details, nearer the date of the course you will be sent the RISK ASSESSMENT for the working area. At the beginning of the course you will be asked to sign to confirm that you have read the assessment .
Please read the following
The Branch reserves the right to cancel any course which is not viable – wherever possible participants will be offered a place on an alternative course or given a full refund, but this will be at the discretion of the Dorset Branch Committee.
If you wish to cancel your booking where possible we will try to transfer you to an alternative course. Reimbursement of the course fee is at the discretion of the Dorset Branch Committee.
Refunds – please note that we are happy to provide refunds but cannot make refunds in cash. A Bank transfer or cheque can be arranged by our Treasurer through the booking officer. We ask you to recognise that we are not a multi-national company or have a finance department and therefore getting a refund to you may take a little more time than you maybe use too.
Please also be aware that are walling sites are in remote locations and there are no toilet facilities provided for the course .
The Branch reserves the right to cancel any course which is not viable – wherever possible participants will be offered a place on an alternative course or given a full refund (Please read the refund section at the end of the booking form), but this will be at the discretion of the Dorset Branch Committee.
If you wish to cancel your booking, where possible we will try to transfer you to an alternative course. Reimbursement of the course fee is at the discretion of the Dorset Branch Committee. Please read the refund section at the end of the booking form.