"Beautiful location. Excellent instructors" - Alan (Burford, Oxfordshire)


Cotswolds Dry-stone Walling Academy

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The Cotswolds Dry-stone Walling Academy provides accredited training courses in the traditional skill of dry-stone walling.

With an annual programme of courses ranging from LANTRA Level 1 (Initial) through to Level 3 (Advanced) the Academy aims to give new and existing wallers the opportunityto gain industry recognised qualifications and advance their skills and knowledge in this age old craft.

Course location

Based in the grounds of the Cotswolds Conservation Board's 'Old Prison' site in Northleach, the Academy provides the perfect environment for trainees to develop their skills and attain accredited status in the dry-stone walling profession.

By working in partnership with the Cotswolds Branch of the Dry Stone Walling Association and by only using Dry Stone Walling Association (DSWA) approved instructors the Academy ensures that courses are delivered to the highest standard by experienced and knowledgeable instructors.

Located just 30 minutes from Oxford, 45 mins from Bristol, 1 hr from Newport and 1hr from Birmingham the Academy is situated in a great location for wallers from the South of England, Midlands and Wales.

Course details

LANTRA Level 1 Course (5 days training + assessment) - £320 (incl. DSWA assessment fee of £110)

LANTRA Level 2 Course (5 days training + assessment) - £320 (incl. DSWA assessment fee of £150)

LANTRA Level 2 Intensive Course (3 days training + assessment) - £320 (incl. DSWA assessment fee of £150)

LANTRA Level 3 Course (12 days + 2 days assessment) - £595 (incl. DSWA assessment fee of £250)

Scheduled course dates

Further details and dates for each course are available on the dry-stone walling course pages of this website.  View courses >

More information

If you would like to discuss a particular course in further detail please contact Rural Skills & Grants Officer on 01451 862002 or email ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk

Stepping Stones Project 

From March 2016, newly qualified level 1 dry-stone wallers have the opportunity to take on their own dry-stone walling projects and get paid for it by the Cotswolds dry-stone walling academy.  
For more information click here >


Stone for the Cotswolds Dry-stone Walling Academy is kindly provided by Huntsmans Quarries. For more information visit www.huntsmansquarries.co.uk