Dry Stone Wall Building

Dry Stone Wall Building

Spent a very pleasant afternoon in the sunshine yesterday repairing a hole, or ‘bwlch’ in welsh, in one of the miles of dry stone walls we have here on the farm. Snowdonia is covered with a network of dry stone walls dividing farms into separate fields.

Many of the stone walls here at Byrdir are especially impressive as the farm used to be used to grow crops for a nearby estate called Gors Y Gedol. The crops were of particular value naturally and had to be well defended from the sheep that were farmed in the surrounding fields. So our walls are slightly taller than most and are particularly well built on their outer faces.

If anybody fancies a go at dry stone building by the way, please let me know when you book and we’d be more than happy to show you the basics in exchange for your help.

2 Replies to “Dry Stone Wall Building”

  1. Hi there,

    Hope you are all well, I’ve been following your efforts for some time now and must say I’m very impressed! I may need to brush up on my stone walling skills as our company ‘Eaton’ have announced proposals to close our site by Oct 2009! So a career change may be on the cards.
    Perhaps we will be fortunate to meet up sometime.

    Dafydd Y Garreg Wen

  2. Hello Gwion

    You have done so much writing this year on your Farm News page and not a single comment from anyone, so to give you a little encouragement I thought I would use this opportunity to wish yourself and Louise a Happy New Year, and hope to see you in the spring. Now you know that someone does at least read it!

    Best regards

    Allan and Jean Brierley

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