Serenaded by skylarks, thirteen wallers tested their skills against each other at Friends of the Lake District’s annual dry stone walling competition held at Mazonwath, Little Asby, near Orton on Saturday 7th May. 20m of wall were rebuilt, with Keith Golding from Crosby Ravensworth being crowned Champion Waller, as well as winning the Professional Class.

Ruth Kirk said:

“Cumbria boasts some of the most skilled wallers in the country and the competitive spirit between them was very much in evidence. The judges, Steve Atkinson and Bill Raine had some difficult decisions to make!

“Inspiring a new generation to continue Cumbria’s heritage of rural skills is vital for conserving our historic and iconic dry stone walls. We’re sure our competition helps to encourage more young local farmers and countryside contractors to earn a living from managing the landscape.”

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Competition Results:

Class 1 Professional

1st + Overall Winner Keith Golding (Crosby Ravensworth)

Joint 2nd  – Peter Gibson (Kendal) & William Bell (Kendal)


Class 2 Amateur/Open 

1st  - Thomas Kendal (Grayrigg)

2nd – Bryn Wythes (Sedbergh))

3rd – Matthew Roberts (Carlisle)


Class 3 Novice/Juniors  

1st – Sam Robinson (South Lakes)

2nd – Paul Gingell (Appleby)

3rd – Benedict Barnes (Crosby Ravensworth)

Junior Cup – Benedict Barnes


Class 4 Veteran

1st-  George Allonby (Penrith)

2nd – Bob Bond (Kendal)

Best Cams – George Allonby, Best Foundations – Peter Gibson, Best Throughs – Will Bell/Keith Golding/Philip Smith