After several weeks of wet walling at Heathfield, the day of the annual Walling Heritage Day dawned warm and sunny. The AONB had recruited nine willing participants for us and, after topping up on caffeine and biscuits, they listened with interest to Kev Cale’s account of the history and archaeology of walling in Nidderdale. Kev is always worth hearing and left everyone feeling that they would never look at a dry stone wall in quite the same way again in case they missed something.
Chris, ably supported by Paul and Richard, then ran through the health and safety aspects and gave an outline of the techniques involved in dry stone walling. Then, after a hurried lunch, the group made its way up to the wall at Heathfield. After an on-site safety briefing, our guests had their first hands-on taste of walling and we made good progress through the very warm afternoon. .
A perfect day to entice new recruits to walling