Hostel’s new beginnings

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CASTLETON’S new youth hostel at Losehill Hall has opened this week.

The Youth Hostel Association (YHA) bought the former learning centre from the Peak District National Park Authority last year in a deal which meant the building had to remain as a youth hostel for a minimum of 20 years.

And after a £2 million 12-month refurbishment, it has been transformed into an environmental learning, residential and activity centre for young people and holiday-makers.

YHA Chairman Chris Darmon said: “This great new Youth Hostel will offer fantastic facilities for young people to learn about the natural environment, culture and history of the Peak District.”

The youth hostel will be officially opened in May by Tim Loughton MP.