Dry stone walls

Hammered granite

Dry stone walls use earth as a mortar. Dry stone walls can be made from slate, granite or other types of stone. Hammered granite is supplied as roughly broken blocks. The shapes vary and there is a degree of skill required to fit the stones together neatly when only earth is being used to bind them together. The picture to the right shows a dry stone wall built in Devon on the edge of Dartmoor.

Hammered granite walling stone
Cropped granite walling

Cropped granite

Cropped granite comes in much more uniform shapes and sizes and it is much easier to build a dry stone wall with than hammered granite so is recommended for DIY use.

Medium walling stone

We sell three types of slate dry stone walling stone: The solution we recommend for DIY use or where the best quality is required is our Medium Walling Stone. Stones are selected by us to have a good building face and be built 100-300mm into the wall.

Medium walling stone
Small hedging stone

Small hedging stone

Our Small Hedging Stone can be used where economy is important. These stones are cheaper as they have only been selected to be below 25kg in weight.

Large hedging stone

Our large hedging stone is most suited for very large dry stone walls and hedges such as for agricultural hedges. They are generally larger in size and pieces can be too large to handle without machinery or splitting.

Large hedging stone
Splitting

Splitting

Another way to build a dry stone wall is for the stones to be split into narrower pieces and stacked vertically. The best stone to use for this purpose is our Small Walling Stone, although Medium Walling stone can also be used, but will require more splitting on site.

Small walling stone

Alternatively the picture below shows a retaining wall which has been constructed using a gabion (wire mesh) basket that has been filled with rubble and then faced with Small Walling Stone.

Small walling stone

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