This is an archived press release
Tuesday 2 August 2005
2 August 2005
Stone me! Widen your horizons with Peak District day courses
do toothpaste, washing powder, roads and mansions have in common?
Answer: Peak District stone - yes, even the stuff you use to brush your molars contains minerals quarried from the earth.
And that is just one fascinating fact you can glean from an evening talk on the economic geology of the Peak District at Losehill Hall, the Peak District National Park environmental learning centre, near Castleton, on August 13 at 8.30pm (price £2.50).
Sheffield-based geologist Chris Darmon presents the talk, which you can attend on its own, or as an addition to his "Exploring the Geology of the Peak District" day course (9am - 5.30pm) the same day, leading participants on a tour of the landscape using rocks as a key to the past.
Still exploring the past, but using different means, is the Archaeology of the Peak District, a day course on August 20 (9am - 5.30pm), led by Ken Smith, cultural heritage manager of the National Park. Ken will give guidance on "reading" the history of the landscape and its people, through a number of classic locations - which could include Gardom's Edge rock art, Tin Town, Magpie Mine or the stone circle at Arbor Low.
More general days out are Walking for Softies - on August 13 and August 20 - 6.5 miles of easy walking, taking in both the Dark Peak and the White Peak, with an expert guide to explain features of the landscape as you go (9am to 5.30pm).
All day courses are £20, including tuition, packed lunch and refreshments.
For more information, or to book, contact Sue Field at Losehill Hall on 01433 620373.