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If kids to small for doing that fence in a nice play area to keep them away from the wall till they get older and understand the danger's.

Thanks all for your replies.  I will think about attaching a trellis or iron fence along the wheel-wall.  As someone pointed out, if i'm going to put plants there , the wall will be largely lost anyway!  The other wall with the stoney top is a bit more probematic since it's not flat.  It's got a 20ft drop to a stream.  In the corner where the 2 walls meet i will hopefully have a quarter-circle paving/decking/pebbled area for table and chairs, and so i need some sort of protection at the back from the wind.  So i guess the fence would also solve the problem of keeping the winds down a bit. At the moment its a massive (dangerous) blank canvass so it's even knowing where to start!   

i do like the idea of putting the kids on a rope and just leaving them to it!!

oh and Andy19 for sure, they absolutely get told to keep away from the wall, but i'm too scared to even go and make a cup of tea just in case one of them decides to do something crazy.  As you say, it's not just my kids, it's those that might come and play and not understand/accept the rules.

fidgetbones

I'd put 6 foot high wire mesh all the way along and plant clematis or honeysuckle up it.

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It's a question of which is more important - the children or an archaeological site. I'd fence the whole grassed area about 2 metres in from the parapets, leaving that 2 metres for maintenance and planting.

Dovefromabove

Speaking as someone who grew up on a farm and like Andy, learnt to follow the rules I know exactly what he means - however, until your children and their friends are old enough to be reliably obediant, that drop needs fencing.

 I think I'd put in some ordinary round fence posts like these

 http://www.newatlanticonline.co.uk/products/gates-and-fencing/field-and-paddock-fencing-fence/machined-round-posts/post-machined-round-p-t-grn-2-1m-x-100mm-7-x-4.html 

and fix some strong chain link fencing like this 

http://www.newatlanticonline.co.uk/products/gates-and-fencing/field-and-paddock-fencing-fence/machined-round-posts/post-machined-round-p-t-grn-2-1m-x-100mm-7-x-4.html.  

It won't look beautiful, but it won't look too out of place, and it's only for a few years and will give you peace of mind which is worth a fortune when you're a parent, believe me

You could set the fence a metre or so inside the wall so that you could plant perennials against the wall, then when the fence eventually comes down you'll already have a mature garden. 

How about cricket nets?

Ever thought about a 'living' fence, such as willow. You can buy kits & it grows quite quickly. Here's a link you may find useful:

http://www.jprwillow.co.uk/FAQs.htm

Busy-Lizzie

I would do as Dove says. The children are far too important to take risks with.

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