Last week Patrick (Academy Ranger from Ravenscar and the Yorkshire Coast) and I went on a lovely trip to the Lakes to gain some more experience in drystone walling. Drystone walling is undoubtedly a skill that is important in North Yorkshire so any experience me and Patrick could gain is a bonus. One of the main joys of travelling to the Lakes from North Yorkshire is the scenery along the way (if you take the scenic route).
The Lake District greeted us with the beautiful view…
We stayed along with other Academy and Assistant Rangers at High Wray Basecamp for the week. Nick and Luke, the rangers at the Lakes showed us the ropes of drystone walling and helped us build it from foundations to cams/coping stones. By the end of the week as a group we all had a decent grip of what makes a good drystone wall and how to create a drystone wall from the foundations. This was the end result.
I am sure everyone who took part in the drystone walling will agree that it was a fun time yet a great learning experience which in the North York Moors I’m sure I will use a great deal in the near future.