Drystone Walling (2 Day) Course

Drystone Walling (2 Day) Course
£180.00 (Excl. VAT)

Availability: 8 Spaces Available

Course Date: 11/07/2019

A two day course in drystone walling with theory and supervised practical hands-on work.

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£180.00 (Excl. VAT)
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This course is designed as an Introduction to Drystone Walling. They are practical days that take delegates through every stage of taking down and reconstructing a drystone wall, ideal for beginners and enthusiasts. 

The course starts with an introductory lecture on the geology and history of walls in as well as the principles of dry stone walling. It is then very much hands-on, learning through doing, and includes: 

  • Stripping out and repairing an old wall 
  • How to select the right stones for the job 
  • Preparing and laying foundations 
  • How to construct a double faced wall 
  • How to finish the wall with coping stones 

The day will start at 8:30am with tea/coffee introductions, for a prompt start to the course at 9am. A good home-cooked lunch and refreshments will be provided during the day and we aim to finish by 5pm.

The cost of the course does not include accommodation although there is a small campsite at Ty-Mawr that you are welcome to use. There is a good variety of accommodation in the local area and a list is available on request.

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Can anyone do it? The course is suitable for anyone who is interested in learning about the basics of dry stone walling.

Is it a practical course? Yes. There will be a short introductory talk but most of the day is gaining practical hands-on experience.

Will I be able to build a wall at the end of the day? We're not going to turn you into a waller after a two day course, but you will have an understanding of the principles and the confidence to get started on your own projects.

Will I only learn about one walling style? You will be taught using local sandstone and the local style but the principles will be applicable to all walls. We will discuss different rock types and styles during the day and we encourage participants to think about their own local stone and the appropriate style to wherever they are working.

Is the course accredited? The course is not accredited but it is taught by a professional dry stone waller who is a City & Guilds accredited trainer. An attendance certificate can be provided if required. 

Accommodation Options

We are located in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park on the edge of Llangorse Lake, a nature reserve – so we highly recommend that you take a little time either side of your course with us to stay in the Park and have the time to enjoy the mountains, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, wildlife, buildings, towns, canals, restaurants and pubs - there are lots of great places to stay – here are a few suggestions….



Peterstone Court Llanhamlach 01874 665387

Country House Hotel with leisure facilities www.peterstone-court.com

The Old Ford Inn Llanhamlach 01874 665220

No breakfast available before 9.30am. www.theoldfordinn.webs.com

Brynderwen Cottage Talyllyn, Brecon LD3 7SY. Self Catering 07989 695143



Pen-y-Bryn Guest House Llangors LD3 7UG. 01874 658606

Located in the quiet village of Llangors which has two pubs within walking distance for an evening meal.

Star Bunkhouse Bwlch 01874 730080

Quote STAR-LIME-TRG when booking, to qualify for a special discount. www.starbunkhouse.com



Borderers Guesthouse Brecon 01874 623559

Bed & Breakfast. www.borderers.com

Flag & Castle House Brecon 01874 625032

Bed & Breafast. www.flagandcastle.com

Gliffaes Country House Hotel Crickhowell (insulated with our sheep’s wool insulation) 01874 730371

Luxury 4 Star Hotel. www.gliffaeshotel.com

Old Mill Felinfach 01874 625385

Bed &Breakfast. www.visitmidwales.co.uk

The Allt Talybont on Usk 01874 676310

Bed & Breakfast. www.talybont.com  

The Bridge Cafe Brecon (exhibiting Tŷ-Mawr paints & plasters) 01874 622024

Bed & Breakfast. Packed lunch and dinner available on request. www.bridgecafe.co.uk

The Castle Hotel Talgarth 07789 682335. www.talgarthhotel.co.uk

The Coach House Brecon 01874 620043

Bed, Breakfast & Evening meals. www.coachhousebrecon.wales

The Griffin Inn Felinfach (exhibiting Tŷ-Mawr paints & plasters) 01874 620111

Wonderful restaurant & pub. www.eatdrinksleep.ltd.uk

The Lodge B&B Llanfrynach 01874 665714

Bed & Breakfast. www.thelodgebreconbandb.co.uk

The Travellers Talybont on Usk 01874 676233

Restaurant and Rooms. www.travellersrestinn.com

Trefecca Farm Talgarth 01874 711306

Bed & Breakfast or Self Catering. www.trefeccafarm.co.uk

‘Quarry Mans Cottage’ Pentwyn Mawr Bwlch

Bed & Breakfast. www.airbnb.co.uk





There is a lovely campsite at Tŷ-Mawr Farm (where the course is held) with toilets and cold running water. Additional facilities such as a hot shower, fire pit and kitchenette can be made available. There is a Kitchen Garden on site with fresh and Welsh produce available in a small farm shop.  Please call Rae on 07949396589 or email rae.gervis@lime.org.uk or click here to find out more. Click here to see a map of our site and it's facilities. 



Star Bunkhouse Bwlch 01874 730080.

Quote STAR-LIME-TRG when booking, to qualify for a special discount. www.starbunkhouse.com

For individuals and groups of any size. Self catering with a lovely pub just across the road, serving really good food!



Star Bunkhouse Bwlch 01874 730080

Quote STAR-LIME-TRG when booking, to qualify for a special discount www.starbunkhouse.com

Penpont, nr. Sennybridge (a beautiful estate with many examples of our materials) 01874 636202

Self catering facilities for up to 14 people in 6 bedrooms, suitable for large groups and conferences



Glanplant Bwlch 01874 730080 www.glanpant.com

Old Stable Cottage Gilwern www.sykescottages.co.uk

Ty-Gwydr, Llangorse (built with all of our materials, insulation, glaster® & paints) 01874 658413

Luxury accommodation that sleeps 8 with 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, an outdoor hot tub and mountain views.

Treberfydd House Llangasty 01874 730205

Within walking distance of Tŷ-Mawr www.treberfydd.com 

Priory Mill Brecon (restored with all of our materials) priorymill@gmail.com

The Neuadd Llangattock, Crickhowell NP8 1LE 07854 773419. www.theneuadd.co.uk

Trefecca Farm Talgarth 01874 711306

Bed & Breakfast or Self Catering www.trefeccafarm.co.uk

Youth Hotel Association www.yha.org.uk/places-to-stay/region/wales/brecon

Area Information

Ty Mawr is based in a farmstead in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park. It is on the site of a medieval manor house overlooking Llangors Lake, the largest natural lake in South Wales. The area is rich in wildlife and history.

There are a variety of walks from Ty Mawr; stroll along the edge of the lake through meadows and woodland or climb to the summit of one of the surrounding hills giving stunning panoramic views of the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains.

There are also plenty of opportunities for other outdoor activities in the area including birdwatching, fishing and sailing on the lake, ponytrekking and a climbing activity centre.

Training Facilities

The training centre at Ty Mawr is based in a beautiful complex of Grade 2* listed buildings in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park in Mid Wales. Once the site of an impressive medieval manor house, the current buildings are set in 40 acres of land on the southern shore of Llangorse Lake.

The meeting / lecture room was once a stable and granary. It has been restored over the last ten years and, with the creation of a linked toilet block, has combined traditional and modern methods and materials to make an attractive and sustainable venue (including lime-hemp plaster, re-cycled glass plaster (glaster!), solar thermal panels and a rain water harvesting system) .

Practical training sessions take place outside or in one of the old barns or farm out buildings. Food is locally sourced as far as possible (some as local as the kitchen garden) and is provided by a local caterer. There is a small camp site on site and a good range of accommodation in the immediate vicinity (see accommodation tab).