. . . is a drystone waller
who lives in the
Coverdale hamlet of
Gammersgill. He’s been
building and repairing these iconic parts of the local landscape for 35 years.
What makes Wensleydale such a special place?
It has to be its unspoilt nature - Coverdale especially. Its peace and
tranquility and reliance on sheep and cattle farming hasn’t changed for
centuries. There is no imprint of industry here like some southern parts of
Where is your favourite place in Wensleydale?
Turnbeck Lane, a historic walled track which runs from Gammersgill and
ends up in Carlton. It’s a beautiful walk in any season but especially spring
with the blackthorn blossom and bluebells.
What is the best event to take place in the area?
The 1940s weekend in Leyburn every August. People dress in uniform and
period costume, steam trains run - and there is a great atmosphere. It
reminds me of when choices in life were simpler and we all pulled together.
What single piece of information should people have when they visit here?
If you’re here for walking ask the locals where the best walks are. If I am
working on a roadside wall I love people stopping for a chat. I think most
people around here do.
What is Wensleydale’s best kept secret?
The history behind our dry stone walls. Most of them were built in the 18th
and early 19th centuries but some, particularly the curved ones around
villages, go back much further. The straight ones up fell sides are the
youngest - maybe only 150 years old.