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Rock around the Peak District - and study stone

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Thursday 7 July 2005

7 July 2005

Rock around the Peak District - and study stone

Visitors have a chance to rock on in the Peak District National Park with a special interest holiday on the area's fascinating geology.

Based at Losehill Hall, near Castleton, the long weekend course offers the opportunity to find out more about the dramatic contrasts between the limestone White Peak and the gritstone Dark Peak, and what caused them.

Losehill Hall - the National Park's centre for environmental learning - stands on the boundary between the two areas, offering visitors the ideal spot to study limestone cliffs packed with fossils from tropical seas, and gritstone edges formed by volcanoes millions of years ago.

The course is suitable for beginners or the more experienced, tutored by Sheffield-based geologist Chris Darmon, who has led field trips in the Peak District for more than 30 years.

Chris, who also edits the publication "Down to Earth", said: "The Peak District is the ideal place to expand your interest in geology, its past is vividly here in the present: all you need do is open your eyes to the clues in the rocks all around."

The course, from August 12-16, costs £295, including all tuition, field trips, meals and accommodation at Losehill Hall, which has an AA three diamond rating for its en-suite rooms, facilities and catering.

To book, call 01433 620373, or email holidays.losehill@peakdistrict.gov.uk

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