A companion to Dry Stone Walling Across Canada
Walk around or climb it? Depends on the walls purpose. Personally I like the flat top. It is more inviting and makes a great elongated platform from which to view the world.
I like the flat top too. Never liked the look of vertical copes myself. And as pointed out a flat top gives you the ability to sit on the wall.
Wow I sure wish we had stone that nice where I live. I like the flat copes which are the style where I live. The thing is they are always in short supply. Beautiful walls both of them.
I like the vertical coping. It says 'wall is done'. The flat finish leaves doubt in my mind if the wall is completed.
I like both, and I think each has its function - flat copes are inviting, saying "Open a beer and sit down", upright copes mean business "Sheep in, trespassers out". So it depends on the context - if it's a wall flanking a path close to a house or terrace I'd go with flat copes (that way there's always an opportunity to put down a pot of herbs or a tray or even gardening tools), for a wall closing off a property I'd prefer upright copes.