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The milepost project

We are restoring the posts and stones that mark distances along the valley’s key routes.

Mileposts are distinctive and attractive connections with the past. Many of ours were missing, so two teams set to work to restore and replace them.

One team worked on the roadside mileposts.  This included those along the Leek to Ashbourne road (A523), which are the only complete series of “bobbin” posts in the world. We repainted all the mileposts in, replacing one with an accurate replica

Another volunteer team from the Caldon and Uttoxeter Canal Trust and the Trent and Mersey Canal Society worked on the canal mileposts. We discovered the National Waterways Museum had the original pattern and so we could make accurate replicas.

Our new mileposts add interest and information for walkers, cyclists and boaters in the Churnet Valley.

Each of the posts has a story behind it

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Hear Julie Arnold from the Caldon and Uttoxeter Canals Trust, talk about the canal mileposts

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Hear more about working with the National Waterways Museum

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Hear about where you can see the new posts