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Description:
Old solid roadside markers indicating destinations and/or the distance to travel there.
Expanded Description:

Specific exclusions are:

  • Modern mass-produced mile markers.eg many markers of the same style along one road, bearing nothing but numbers, and differing only in the stated distance. Typically concrete.
  • Stones or monuments that are not specifically for indicating distance and/or destination (eg boundary stones, meridian markers)
  • Signs (sheet metal attached to a wall, anything mounted on a pole, that kind of thing)
  • ANWB Paddenstoelen. These have their own category, and should be waymarked there.
  • Railway (railroad) distance markers beside active railways. These are dangerous!!
This category is for milestones and stone direction markers. Concrete mass produced distance markers are not accepted
Milestones are the forerunners of today's roadside distance signs. They indicate the distance by road to one or more destinations. The distance may be indicated in miles, kilometres, or even in hours.

The primary purpose of a milestone is to inform the travelling public of distances and directions to travel to various destinations. This distinguishes them from benchmarks, survey stones, trig points and so on whose primary audience is of surveyors. Guide posts, which are stones with directions but no distance are also acceptable.

In the automobile age, milestones have been superseded by sheet metal signs, readable from a moving car, and latterly by the in-car GPS satnav, but many remain as a reminder of a time when the pace of travel was such that navigation information could be read from a roadside stone.

Due to the fact that they have been superseded, milestones are typically of historic interest.

History and Further Information

The first great road-builders in Europe were the Romans. As the saying goes "all roads lead to Rome". Milestones beside Roman roads naturally indicated the distance to Rome, no other destination was necessary! (specifically to the millarium aureum or "golden milestone"). Obviously many of these are now in museums. Some Roman milestones remain in Britain, see roman-britain.org for more details. Many Roman Milestones or bornes millaires are in France. For details of the Lyon area see Archeolyon (in French), and there is more information on French Roman Roads (voies romaines) here.

A granite Milestone on Dartmoor, Devon UK
A granite Milestone on Dartmoor, Devon UK

In the UK milestones of various kinds exist. Some belonging to formal series, others not. For example, in 1697 William III passed an Act decreeing that in the more remote parts of the kingdom, where two or more paths intersected, local surveyors were to erect guide stones known as guide stoops showing the way to the nearest market town. There is a series of geocaches associated with these. Milestones are also found on canals, for example the Leeds Liverpool Canal

Guide Stoop Hopton
Guide Stoops Hopton
In the USA, Milestones were erected beside the first major roads, constructed in colonial times. An example is Zane's Trace (now on route 22). The surveyor Dr. S. M. Johnson, inspired by the millarium aureum originated the idea of the Zero Milestone in Washington as the point from which distances in the USA should be measured.ZERO MILE WASHINGTON DC
ZERO Milestone on the Ellipse Washington DC
Other countries have zero milestones or zero kilometre stones.  such as the 0-km sten in Viborg, Denmark.
The Marco Zero is the zero milestone of São Paulo in Brazil.
0 km-sten, 0 km stone, Viborg, Denmark
0 km-sten, 0 km stone,
Viborg, Denmark
In France too, some bornes kilometriques still exist. Some examples can be found at the following sites, on N20 and N10 For general information on bornes routières see this wikipedia page (in French).
The Milestone Society is a UK society devoted to milestones. Other useful websites are Yorkshire Milestones ,the Public Monument and Sculpture Association National Recording Project and the milestones page of the Route 40 website.

Definition
You are looking for distance markers which are embedded in the ground or in walls with destination names and/or distance inscribed. Nearly always these will be of stone, although some are of cast iron.

Some places have a "zero milestone" like the millarium aureum described above. These too are of interest, even though they don't have a distance and a destination (they ARE the destination).

They will normally be beside roads, but milestones beside canals and disused railway (railroad) lines are allowable too.
This category is primarily interested in milestones created before 1960, but more recent ones with historic links will be accepted. For example, a milestone created as a special memorial, or a facsimile of an old milestone. The UK Sustrans National Cycle Network Millennium Mileposts (see here) are accepted. More recent milestones will be considered, provided that they are not of the mass produced type, on an individual basis.
Update As of Apr 2012 we also accept markers or memorials that commemorate the completion of particular roads.
Instructions for Posting a Milestones Waymark:

Please supply: Accurate GPSr co-ordinates and at least two photographs. (One showing the milestone and surroundings, and one close up of the inscription.)

Please do not submit modern mass produced cast concrete highway markers. Markers must be of stone (or cast iron in the case of some canalside markers). Concrete markers will only be accepted if there is a clear historic connection (eg beside a disused railway line).

If you are struggling for a name of your waymark, try "[Roadname] milestone, [nearest town, county]" e.g. "Hopton street milestone, Carsington, Derbs"

Please check the state of the milestone. Is it:

  • Immaculate (well maintained);
  • Worn (OK but showing its age a little, or overgrown by seasonal foliage);
  • Distressed (vandalised, badly overgrown, otherwise damaged);
Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
Tell us about your visit. Please supply a couple of photographs. Do you know any historical information about this milestone?
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MilestonesLoch Leven Heritage Trail Milestone (Orwell) - Perth & Kinross, Scotland.

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Milestone (with distances in km) on the 13 mile walking and cycling trail around Loch Leven in Scotland.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member creg-ny-baa

location: Northern Scotland, United Kingdom

date approved: 10/7/2021

last visited: never

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This is one of 1000 cycle path mileposts sponsored by Royal Bank of Scotland to celebrate both the millennium and the SUSTRANS national cycle network.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc

location: Yorkshire, United Kingdom

date approved: 9/27/2021

last visited: never

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This is one of 1000 cycle path mileposts sponsored by Royal Bank of Scotland to celebrate both the millennium and the SUSTRANS national cycle network.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc

location: Yorkshire, United Kingdom

date approved: 9/27/2021

last visited: never

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This is one of 1000 cycle path mileposts sponsored by Royal Bank of Scotland to celebrate both the millennium and the SUSTRANS national cycle network.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc

location: Yorkshire, United Kingdom

date approved: 9/27/2021

last visited: never

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This cast iron milestone is at the side of the A19, one of the main roads into the city of York.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc

location: Yorkshire, United Kingdom

date approved: 9/20/2021

last visited: never

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This is one of 1000 cycle path mileposts sponsored by Royal Bank of Scotland to celebrate both the millennium and the SUSTRANS national cycle network.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc

location: Yorkshire, United Kingdom

date approved: 9/20/2021

last visited: never

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Milestone on the Loch Leven Heritage Trail at Burleigh Sands on the north side of the loch.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member creg-ny-baa

location: Northern Scotland, United Kingdom

date approved: 9/20/2021

last visited: never

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This fountain next to the Budolfi Church, shows the distance to several places in the northern part of Denmark.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member T-Team!

location: Denmark

date approved: 9/13/2021

last visited: never

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MilestonesLoch Leven Heritage Trail (Mary's Gate) - Kinross, Perth & Kinross.

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Milestone on the Loch Leven Heritage Trail, a 13 mile circuit of the loch near Kinross in Scotland, close to Mary's Gate just east of the town.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member creg-ny-baa

location: Northern Scotland, United Kingdom

date approved: 9/13/2021

last visited: never

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A milestone between the village of Veberöd, Bjersjö lagård-Harlösa, and Sjöbo.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dvddragon

location: Skåne, Sweden

date approved: 9/13/2021

last visited: never

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A milestone between the village of Landskrona and Glumslöv

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dvddragon

location: Skåne, Sweden

date approved: 9/9/2021

last visited: never

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Milestone (showing distances in Kilometres), on the western side of the Loch Leven Heritage Trail, a 13 mile circuit of the loch.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member creg-ny-baa

location: Northern Scotland, United Kingdom

date approved: 9/5/2021

last visited: never

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A milestone between the village of Hässleholm and Örkelljunga

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dvddragon

location: Skåne, Sweden

date approved: 9/2/2021

last visited: never

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This cast iron milestone is at the side of the A1041.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc

location: Yorkshire, United Kingdom

date approved: 8/26/2021

last visited: never

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Milestone with cast-iron cap on the A91 road just west of the Fife village of Guardbridge in eastern Scotland.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member creg-ny-baa

location: Northern Scotland, United Kingdom

date approved: 8/26/2021

last visited: never

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Cast-iron milestone from 1824, situated on the verge of the A914 road on the south side of the village of Balmullo in north-east Fife, Scotland.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member creg-ny-baa

location: Northern Scotland, United Kingdom

date approved: 8/23/2021

last visited: never

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Cast-iron waymarker at the apex of the junctions of the A914 and B945 roads at St Michaels in the Kingdom of Fife, Scotland.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member creg-ny-baa

location: Northern Scotland, United Kingdom

date approved: 8/18/2021

last visited: never

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Milestone cast in 1824, on the verge of the A914 road north of St Michaels in north-east Fife, Scotland.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member creg-ny-baa

location: Northern Scotland, United Kingdom

date approved: 8/15/2021

last visited: never

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A milestone between the village of Hjälmshult and Kattarp

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dvddragon

location: Skåne, Sweden

date approved: 8/10/2021

last visited: never

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A milestone between the village of Hjälmshult and Kattarp

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dvddragon

location: Skåne, Sweden

date approved: 8/10/2021

last visited: never

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A milestone in the village of Våxtorp

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dvddragon

location: Halland, Sweden

date approved: 8/8/2021

last visited: never

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A concrete railway mile post at the Depot Museum

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member theHostas

location: Michigan

date approved: 7/20/2021

last visited: 7/20/2021

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This is one of 1000 cycle path mileposts sponsored by Royal Bank of Scotland to celebrate both the millennium and the SUSTRANS national cycle network.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc

location: Yorkshire, United Kingdom

date approved: 7/20/2021

last visited: never

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Milestone between Östra-Ljungby - Gråmanstorp

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dvddragon

location: Skåne, Sweden

date approved: 7/12/2021

last visited: never

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Milestone between Gråmanstorp - Klippan

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dvddragon

location: Skåne, Sweden

date approved: 7/12/2021

last visited: never

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