Crofton Bray Head Inn

Strand Road, Bray, Ireland
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Stone Walls?

by Irishsong

I have a quick question. Why do the farmer's separate the fields with stone walls? Is there some reason for it or is it just another form of fencing?

Re: Stone Walls?

by hundwalder

The native soil of Ireland is full of stones. The large stones needed to be removed in order for the farmers to grow crops. Making movable fences out of these stones was the easiest and most practical means of doing the job. The stone fences that you see have probably been there for a minimum of 400 years. You are definately viewing history when you see them.

Re: Stone Walls?

by leics

It is entirely usual for farm walls to be built with stone when stone is more easily available than wood.

You will see many, many such walls in the UK (particularly on higher ground, and on moorland) and Ireland.

One does not 'waste' what wood is available on walling when the fields are full of lying stone of convenient walling-size (as they were, and many still are).

Constructing a dry stone wall is an extremely skilful job, and one which very nearly died out in many parts of the UK (not sure about Ireland). Fortunately, there was a revival of interest and ancient walls are now kept in good repair.

History here:

Re: Stone Walls?

by Irishsong

Thank you for answering that for me. My mother told me it was a way to separate land boundries between farmers and different crops. This is very helpful.

Re: Stone Walls?

by leics

Walls do perform those functions, of course.

In other parts of the UK (and in Ireland) you may see hedges doing the same job. These are often very ancient as well (espcially in the UK, where the number of species in a hedge gives a rough guide to its age.......1 species = 100 years).

But hedges require suitable soil (and time) to grow. If one's fields are covered in stones which must be cleared anyway before crops will grow then walling is a much more sensible option.

Sometimes you can find drystone walls so ancient that hedges and trees have grown through and on top of them. I have a photo of such a wall (in Devon) here: (second photo, click to enlarge).

Re: Stone Walls?

by hundwalder

Your mother was correct. They were/are also used to contain sheep and other livestock. The stones served a function while being a practical place to put the stones cleared from the soil.

Re: Stone Walls?

by donpaul77

If you really want to see Irish wall making in the extreme, check out the Aran Islands. I think there is more wall than pasture :)

Travel Tips for Bray

Bray Ireland

by LadyXoc

"The Bray Cliffwalk"

Stunning sea cliffs, abundant wildlife clean sea air, and a great walk -
We started at the Bray Promenade and then walked along the cliffsheading towards Greystones.
Red skies at night, sailors delight.
Red skies at morning, sailors take warning.

"More along the Cliffwalk"

Just some of the ruins along the trail as the rising sun hit them. Lovely way to start a day.
All I have here to look at on my walks where I live are cows. moo... sigh


Bray is a seaside town and bustling urban center 20 km or 12 miles south od Dublin.
I was invited to the weddingof a fellow bagpiper. My friend and I decided to stay here in Bray rather t han Enniskerry. The bride and groom were staying in Summerhill House, which is quite lovely, but much more costly. Summerhill House was €200 a night versus €199 for three nights at the Royal Hotel in Bray.
We took a bus from Dublin airport (bought 5 day unlimited pass) and then at City Center took a bus to Bray that dropped us just around the corner from our hotel.
The next day were were able to take busses almost all the way to Summerhill House using the same pass.

Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland

by Mrl3ill

Small resort town on the East coast. I was there on business, not pleasure. I had a day off, but did not have a car to go sightseeing. Within walking distance is Bray's Head. A small "mountain" that juts out a little into the ocean. It has some unmarked paths up to the top where you get a great view. There is also a path called the "cliff walk" that was marked closed do to unstable ground. I later learned from a local that he had walked it recently and had no problem.

I stayed at the Royal Hotel. Not bad, although the beds and pillow were quite hard and the TV didn't work very well. Most places I ate were quite good.

Plenty of pubs and restaurants (there is a McDonalds!), a movie theater, bowling alley, and a small sports stadium for local games.


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