Dry Stone Walling Course for Beginners

Please check by phone/email for availability of places before sending in booking forms.

Building a dry stone wallThe National Stone Centre continues to hold the very popular dry stone walling course.

Gift vouchers are available, a perfect surprising gift for family or friends! Contact us now for more information. Vouchers are 'open date' so that firm dates can then be booked by the recipient (subject to space being available).

This course will give instruction in the basic dry stone walling skills and covers the geological context and stone sourcing. A brief conducted visit to the Millennium Wall will be included. The National Stone Centre provides protective gear such as gloves and goggles, but you are required to bring your own strong shoes/boots. We also provide all the tools and materials needed to complete the course.

Naturally all the courses are out of doors but covered space e.g. for lunch and toilets are on site. Snacks and hot drinks can be purchased on the day. Parking at the course site is free of charge.

All the tutors are highly skilled professional dry stone wallers with a wealth of knowledge and experience on the subject. They are all members of the Walls for the Future training group as well as the Dry Stone Walling Association.

Dry Stone Walling
Courses for Beginners 2013

March 23 - 24
April 13 - 14
May 4 - 5
June 22 - 23
July 6 - 7
July 27 - 28
August 10 - 11
September 7 - 8
September 21 - 22
October 5 - 6
October 19 - 20

Start - 10am to 4pm
Course fee: £85 per w/e
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Stone Features for Improvers Course

The Stone Features for Improvers course covers areas such as terracing, wall ends, seats and other stone features to do with dry stone walling. Tutors and trainees will decide together which features will be built.
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Walls for the Future

The Walls for the Future courses run by the College of the Peak are aimed at people wanting to take up dry stone walling professionally or professional wallers who want to improve their skills.

More information on Walls for the Future courses

Booking details -
Dry Stone Walling Courses for Beginners

A booking form is available in pdf format (needs Adobe Acrobat Reader to view).

Download the form, print it out, and when completed send it with your fee to the National Stone Centre

Please check by phone/email for availability of places before sending in booking forms.

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Disabled logoMobility: There is ready access to the Discovery Building and activity area via separate parking. If you have any special requirements please telephone the National Stone Centre office for further information.

Suitable clothing: Courses are held outdoors in all but the very worst weather and it is recommended that suitable strong shoes/boots are worn and waterproof clothing brought to the course if the weather is unsettled.

Café area: A small range of food and drink can be purchased from the Discovery Centre while on the course.

General Conditions

All participants are accepted on the understanding that they are fit and capable of enjoying the course. The course does involve frequent lifting of stone. All courses are offered in good faith but small changes may have to be made after the initial advertisement.

No refund of fees will be given after the course has begun but in the event of a course having to be cancelled, a full refund will be given or alternative dates will be offered. For all courses, tools and materials will be provided.

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