Otley and Yorkshire Dales Competition (2016)
Many branches of the Branch of the Dry Stone Walling Association (DSWA) hold open competitions each year.
As I was sort of passing on my way up to Cumbria for the advanced course days at HQ in Crooklands I thought I would have a go at the Otley & Yorkshire Dales open day. The first time I have tried a competition. It was an early start with stripping down starting at 9am. There was a a good turnout with about 14 competitors split into two classes (Professionals / Intermediates).
It's not like the stone down in the Dorset area, it was more solid and in bigger lumps generally. It took most the day to get the wall back up, but I finished my stint by about 3:30 and got my completion money.
I want to do more competitions as it's very good experience and you get to work with different stone types.