Dry Stone Walling Competition 2018 now open for entries

The annual Cotswolds Open Dry Stone Walling Competition will take place at the Gatcombe Park Estate in Gloucestershire.

The beautiful Gatcombe Park Estate, home to Anne, Princess Royal, will be the setting for this year’s Cotswolds Dry Stone Walling Competition which is taking place on Sunday 16th September 2018.

Organised by the Cotswolds Conservation Board, in partnership with the Cotswolds branch of the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain (DSWA), the event will see competitors of all abilities vying for the prestigious walling trophy and up to £120 cash prize.

Depending on which class they enter, competitors will have to strip and rebuild a length of wall to the correct specification.  The rules associated with the competition are strict, with marks awarded for quality of foundations, cope stones, sides, middle filling, batter and straightness.

The competition will start with the draw for stints at 8.45am and finish around 4.30pm with the awards ceremony. Hot and cold drinks will be available throughout the day for spectators and competitors. All the stone used during the competition will be donated by local quarry Smiths Bletchington, who provide invaluable year round support for the dry stone walling element of the Rural Skills Programme offered by the Cotswolds Conservation Board.

Edward Bonn, Rural Skills Officer at the Cotswolds Conservation Board, said: “This competition celebrates the traditional art of dry-stone walling in the Cotswolds, and is open to any participants and spectators who would like to participate. In particular this year, we are really keen to welcome competitors into the ‘beginners’ and ‘pairs’ categories – both of these offer a fantastic opportunity for people to learn more, and develop their walling skills and knowledge.”

The competition is free to enter and has four classes: Professional; Amateur/Part-Time Professional; Novice; Beginners Pairs. The draw for stints takes place from 8.45am with work completed at 4.15pm and prizes awarded at 4.30pm.

ENTRY IS FREE  – Anyone wishing to enter the competition can download the Rules and Application Form here.

Alternatively emailing ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk or by calling the Cotswolds Conservation Board on 01451 862000.

Additional information

  • Competition classes are described as follows :
  • Class 1: Professional: anyone whose main earnings are derived from dry stone walling or who is regularly employed as a dry-stone waller.
  • Class 2: Amateur: anyone deriving less than 50% of their earnings from dry stone walling or anyone regarding themselves as a competent dry stone waller.
  • Class 3: Novice: anyone with some experience of dry stone walling.
  • Class 4: Beginner pairs: any two people who have little experience of dry stone walling.
  • Competition prizes are awarded as follows:
  1. Class 1             1st: Trophy and £120, 2nd: £80; 3rd: £60, 4th: £40
  2. Class 2             1st: Trophy and £80, 2nd: £50, 3rd: £30
  3. Class 3             1st: Trophy and £60, 2nd: £40, 3rd: £25
  4. Class 4             1st: Trophy and £40 each, 2nd: £30 each, 3rd: £20 each
  • The competition is supported by the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain which was formed at the Gatehouse of Fleet in Galloway in 1968 to preserve, improve and provide education in the craft of dry stone walling.