Stories in Stone

Stories in Stone is an ambitious programme of conservation and community projects which aim to conserve, enhance and celebrate the unique limestone landscape around the peak of Ingleborough.

Dry Stone Walls

Stories in Stone aims to restore 2000 linear meters of dry stone walling over the four years of the scheme.

Dry stone walling in the Yorkshire Dales

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This project will give priority to dry stone walls that have either become derelict or have been replaced by post and wire stock fences.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.

How to apply

If you'd like to apply for a grant or get involved in the project contact Chris Lodge by email or telephone 015242 51002.  

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