Natural Beauty: Haiku Poems
Dry Stone Walling
Dry stone walling is an ancient craft, it uses local stones with no adhesive, i.e. no mortar to build walls and other structures.
This craft has been used since the Neolithic period. Example of this ancient craft can also be seen around the world from Egypt, Japan, and South America to Iceland. In the UK, dry stone walling was used by the Celts, the next main period of wall building began in the the early Middle Ages, from Anglo Saxon to Viking times with peaks and troughs throughout the ages.
Today there are 69,926 miles of dry stone wall in England alone, 12% remain derelict and 17% consists of remnants, 13% stock-proof and 38% exhibiting major sign of deterioration in need of repair.
The craft of dry stone walling is now used in a number of innovative ways such as sculpture, garden walls which can be functional or decorative and modern buildings where its strong visual impact continues to impress and wow new audiences.
The images are from a recent visit to Cumbria.
Ancient stone craft, built to last
Awesome bridge through time
A Long winding sight
Fields of stone, fashioned by hand
Standing proud, for miles and miles
On and on it goes