Dry Stone Walls

This project aims to restore 2000 linear meters of dry stone walling over the four years of the project.

Why restore our dry stone walls?

Dry stone wall boundaries are integral to the dramatic limestone landscape of the Yorkshire Dales. Walling is a practice undertaken by all farms in the Yorkshire Dales where these iconic and historical features are the principal means of dividing land. Most of the walls in the Dales date back to the Enclosure Acts, but some are much older and were erected during the 13th and 14th centuries or even earlier.

Some of these walls have stood for a hundred years but the pressures of weather, stock, and humans climbing over them in more recent times coupled with the cost of upkeep have seen many traditional stone walls falling into disrepair, or replaced by cheaper and easier to maintain post and wire fences. Either way, the character of the landscape is spoiled.

Which walls?

This project will give priority to dry stone walls that have either become derelict or have been replaced by post and wire stock fences. Volunteering and training opportunities will also be provided through the project to develop local skills and promote future legacy work.

Are there deadlines for applying?

The grant scheme is currently closed to new applications but there may be a further round in 2019 so please keep checking back.

In the meantime you can have a look at the grants guidance and application form by clicking on the buttons below. Please note that details may have changed since the last round so always make sure you are using the current guidance and application form.

Dry Stone Walling Grants Guidance

Dry Stone Walling Grants Application Form

Get in touch

If you’d have a project idea that you'd like to have an informal chat about then please contact contact contact Chris Lodge, Stories in Stone Project Officer