Learn the ancient craft of scything and traditional hay making on an Iron Age hill fort and wildflower meadow. This immersive two day course is fully catered and you will be staying in the beautiful glamping tents at ‘The Forge’ nestled just beneath the hill fort.
This course will introduce you to all the skills you need to scythe like a professional. You will learn:
- To set up the scythes for your own body and how to make them ergonomic;
- The proper techniques for scything on flat ground, on slopes, around objects and through different vegetation;
- Field sharpening and honing;
- When to sharpen and when to peen;
- Rowing the hay and turning;
- How to make hay ricks in fine and wet weather;
- Using hand hay bailers.
Scythe kits are available for you to purchase before the course so you will be using your own equipment and become at one with it. Kits will also be available to purchase on or after the course as well as various books on the subject.
The glamping accommodation is in spacious canvas bell tents and is based on two people sharing, with real beds and all bedding and linen provided. Each tent comes with its own well equipped camp kitchen and private composting toilet and there are hot showers on site.
We will be providing all the delicious meals to keep you well fuelled for your scything. As much as possible all the food will be local and from sustainable sources. All the meals will be prepared by The Forge staff and served in the communal cabin on site. We can cater for all dietary requirement and allergies.
A very friendly and welcoming organisation all set in the beautiful Welsh countryside. Great instructor who was able to identify faults and help with technique. A rewarding experience.
Will, North Wales
(Hill Fort Scything and Traditional Hay Making)