Walk, paint or map your way out of the winter blues

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Thursday 2 March 2006

2 March 2006

Walk, paint or map your way out of the winter blues

Colourful, beautiful and invigorating – the Peak District National Park in spring is one of the best places to shake off the winter blues.

And with a range of Easter special interest holidays at the National Park’s well-appointed study centre, Losehill Hall, you can come away with a sense of achievement.

For would-be artists, there’s the Spring Colour Splash, from April 14 – 17, when professional painter and tutor Noel McCready will explore the structure of landscape and how to paint it – suitable for beginners and the more experienced.

For fit walkers, there’s the Easter Walking Weekend, April 14 – 17, when expert guides will lead three walks of up to 12 miles a day, exploring the National Park’s uplands and dales – suitable for those who can manage steep slopes after a hearty breakfast.

And for those who are fed up of taking wrong turnings, there’s the Bronze Navigation Skills course, April 14 – 16, when you can learn the basics of map-reading, using a compass and orientation.

Losehill Hall, near Castleton, has an excellent restaurant and bar, and prices include all tuition, freshly-cooked meals, packed lunches and accommodation in en-suite rooms. Costs per person: £235 for the Spring Colour Splash and Easter Walking Weekend, and £175 for the Navigation Skills (£10 discount for sharing a room).

Losehill Hall is the National Park’s Centre for Environmental Learning. It is set in 27 acres of beautiful parkland, with a free taxi-service to Hope Station. It is a designated Eco-centre, saving energy and using locally-sourced materials wherever possible.

For more information, call 01433 620373, e-mail or visit

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