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Dry Stone Walling Competition

The board holds an annual dry stone walling competition in partnership with the Cotswolds branch of the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain. Winners in each class receive prize money and a trophy and 2nd and 3rd places receive prize money. The competition is free to enter and has the following classes:

  • Professional
  • Amateur/ Part-time Professional
  • Novice
  • Beginners Pairs

2013 Competition 

This year's competition took place at the National Trust's Sherborne Park Estate, Gloucestershire on Sunday 6th October.

The morning dew had only just started to form, when dry-stone wallers from as far away as Cumbria and Yorkshire began congregating in a grassy field in Gloucestershire, ready for the start of the 2013 Cotswolds AONB Dry-stone Walling Competition. After fuelling up on caffiene and custard creams, served by the ever hospitable Cotswolds Voluntary Wardens, the competitors got to work on stripping down and rebuilding a 22m section of dry-stone wall.

The wall in question, estimated to be over 100 years old, was in desperate need of repair and had collapsed in several places. However, this did not deter the competitors who within 45 minutes of the start had stripped out the old wall and began work on the foundations of the new wall that would be erected in in place. As the sun gradually rose towards mid-day so too did the new wall rise from the ground and by lunch time it was half way complete.

After a brief restbite, including delicious sandwiches and cakes provided by the Sherborne Village Cafe, the wallers got back to work. As the clock ticked away, more and more competitors finished their allocated sections of the wall and were able to step back, wipe the sweat from their brow and admire the elegant construction in front of them.

At 4.30pm the whistle was blown and the competition was over. All that remained now was to find out who had won...............


Open Class 1st place: Gordon Simpson (Yorkshire); 2nd place: Lydia Noble (Yorkshire): 3rd place: Kath Wright (Gloucestershire)

Amateur Class 1st place: Edward Park (Cumbria): 2nd place: Phillip Sexton (Worcestershire); 3rd place: Scott Read (Oxfordshire)

Novice Class: 1st place: Andrew Cordery (Glouctershire)

Beginner Pairs: 1st place: Janet Deller (Warwickshire) & Harriet Baldwin (Oxfordshire)


Watch a video of this year's competition here www.youtube.com/watch


2012 Competition - Results

Last year's competition took place on Sunday 7th October the Gatcombe Park Estate, the home of H.R.H The Princess Royal. The event attracted 14 competitors and more than 100 spectators throughout the day.

The results were:


  • 1st - Alistair Bidmead (Glos)
  • 2nd - John Byrne (Glos)
  • 3rd - John Pethick (Devon)

Amateur/ Part time Professional:

  • 1st - Andy Deller (Oxon)
  • 2nd - Edmund Trainer
  • 3rd - Rob Gibson (Bedfordshire)


  • 1st - Richard Saunders (Oxon)
  • 2nd - Bridget Gibson (Bedfordshire)
  • 3rd - Owen Brunsden (Northamptonshire)

Beginners Pairs:

  • 1st - Arthur & Robert Witchell (Glos)


For more information please contact David Molloy our Rural Skills Officer on 01451 862002. david.molloy@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk