Walling Competition Success

Twenty skilled dry stone wallers rebuilt 50 metres of limestone wall at Friends of the Lake District’s annual walling competition on Saturday (10 May) on the edge of Kendal. Cumbrian Mastercraftsman Steven Allen from Tebay was the top waller winning the Professional Class.

Jack Ellerby at Friends of the Lake District said:
‘Since starting our walling competition in 1980 Cumbria now boasts some of the best wallers in the country. Promoting rural skills is vital to conserve our historic field pattern of walls and create more opportunities for young local farmers and countryside contractors to earn a living from managing the landscape.’

Competition Results:
Class 1 – Professional: First – Steven Allen (Tebay) – best overall wall; Second & Best Cams – Gordon Simpson (Harrogate); Third & Best Foundations – Peter Gibson (Kendal).
Class 2 – Open: First – Andrew Gornall (Dent) –; Second – Simon Morphet (Bentham), Third – John Gibson (Kendal).
Class 3 – Novices: First – Tom Ashley (Manchester); Second – Tom Swinhoe (Rossendale), Third – Thomas Kendal (Grayrigg).
Veterans: First – George Allonby (Penrith); Second – Bob Bond (Bolton-le-Sands).
Best Lady waller – Megan Allen (Tebay), and Best Junior – Thomas Kendal (Grayrigg).

Thanks to tenant farmer Brian Bowness at Bradley Field Farm and judges Ted Ellwood and Bill Noble.

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