Sunday, November 18, 2012

Walking again.

Im excited to announce that in 2013  we will be running our third annual Walk the Walls Tour. This time it will take us to Wales and Northern Scotland. Again we will visit the historic and contemporary sites of stone walls, quarries, bridges, buildings and follies and discover some of the varied manifestations of 'walls without mortar' as well as learn about the history of dry stone walling in two very interesting areas of Britain. We are hoping that people will absorb themselves in the landscape, the music, the food and the traditions of the regions we visit.  In each locale we will meet some familiar friends from previous D.S.Walling Across workshops and annual festival held in Canada

Our Wales component of the trip will take us to the Llandberis area, to Snowdonia National Park, to the foot of Mount Snowdon, the highest peak in England and our welsh hosts Sean and Brenda Adcock.  Sean is the Honorary Secretary of the North Wales Branch of the Dry Stone Walling Association and well known to many of our North American walling friends.

North Wales is home to a series of World Heritage Site castles constructed in the 13th Century;  the most noted is Caernarfon Castle, built by Edward 1 and the site of the Prince of Wales investiture in 1969.  We will also visit the famous slate quarries and the National Slate Museum...slate being the gruelling backbone of the North Welsh economy. Of course there will be lots of walking, the only real way to see the landscape and a chance to try a hand at walling, possibly with the DSWA, North Wales Branch project at Pen y Pass.

The second half of our trip will be to northern Scotland to the Sunderland, Llairg, Rosehall, to visit our hosts Dave and Mary Goulder. Dave totes his Master Craftsman's  walling certificate around with him as well as his guitar and members of his Rosehill Ceilidh band. Dave will take us on a journey to his remote and beautiful part of the country, to a land of 'legendary stones'.

If you are interested in coming along please write to Margot Miller for more details about this trip 

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