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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In the automobile age, milestones have been superseded by sheet metal signs, readable from a moving car, and latterly by the in-car GPS satnav, but many remain as a reminder of a time when the pace of travel was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Due to the fact that they have been superseded, milestones are typically of historic interest.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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MilestonesBeeston Canal Milestone 3 - Nottingham, UK

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This milestone records the distance as 3 miles from the River Trent.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc

location: East Midlands, United Kingdom

date approved: 10/8/2019

last visited: never

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MilestonesB974 Milestone - Bridge of Feugh, Banchory, Aberdeenshire.

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Milestone on the B974 road to the south of the town of Banchory at the Bridge of Feugh.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member creg-ny-baa

location: Northern Scotland, United Kingdom

date approved: 10/7/2019

last visited: never

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MilestonesRiver Rd, N1/T36 Milestone - Nundle, NSW, Australia

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This semi-worn Milestone is just out of the rural village of Nundle.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Grahame Cookie

location: New South Wales, Australia

date approved: 9/24/2019

last visited: never

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MilestonesHendon Cemetery Milestone - Holders Hill Road, London, UK

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The milestone is on the northwest side of Holders Hill Road just south of the entrance to Hendon Cemetery and Crematorium.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Master Mariner

location: London, United Kingdom

date approved: 9/24/2019

last visited: never

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MilestonesFinchley Parish Milestone - Regents Park Road, London, UK

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This milepost, made of cast iron, is located on the south east side of Regents Park Road in Finchley. The milestone is a Grade II Listed "Building".

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Master Mariner

location: London, United Kingdom

date approved: 9/24/2019

last visited: never

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MilestonesNational Road Milestone 190 - New Concord, Ohio

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National Road milestone marker 14 miles east of Zanesville, Ohio.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member TyroneShoelaces

location: Ohio

date approved: 9/17/2019

last visited: 9/1/2019

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MilestonesKilometrovník 43.910 / Kilometerstone 43.910, Dušníky, Czechia

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Kilometrovník 43.910 v Dušníkách, okres Litomerice / Kilometerstone 43.910 in Dušníky, Litomerice district

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ashberry

location: Ústecký kraj, Czechia

date approved: 9/16/2019

last visited: never

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MilestonesSustrans Milepost - Tyler Hill Road - Blean, Kent

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Sustrans Tyler Hill Road milepost, Blean.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member SMacB

location: South East England, United Kingdom

date approved: 9/10/2019

last visited: never

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MilestonesB827 Milestone - Dalginross, Comrie, Perth & Kinross.

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Small milestone on Braco Road on the southern outskirts of the Perthshire town of Comrie.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member creg-ny-baa

location: Northern Scotland, United Kingdom

date approved: 8/25/2019

last visited: never

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Malý milník na severním okraji Lukova, okres Kladno // A small milestone on the northern outskirts of Lukov, Kladno district

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ashberry

location: Středočeský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 8/13/2019

last visited: never

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Starý milník 1,5km severne od obce Martineves-Pohorice // Old milestone 1.5 km north of Martinice-Pohorice

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ashberry

location: Ústecký kraj, Czechia

date approved: 8/13/2019

last visited: never

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MilestonesWorcester and Birmingham Canal Milepost - Five Ways, Birmingham, UK

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A canal side milepost located near Bridge 86 on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal at Five Ways.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Mike_bjm

location: West Midlands, United Kingdom

date approved: 8/1/2019

last visited: never

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Milník - kamenný sloup na západním okraji Panenského Týnce / Milestone - a stone column on the western edge of Panenský Týnec

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ashberry

location: Ústecký kraj, Czechia

date approved: 7/29/2019

last visited: never

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MilestonesWorcester and Birmingham Canal Milepost - Five Ways, Birmingham, UK.

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A canal side milepost located near Bridge 87 Bath Row on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal at Five Ways, Birmingham.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Poole/Freeman

location: West Midlands, United Kingdom

date approved: 7/28/2019

last visited: never

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MilestonesWorcester and Birmingham Canal Milepost - The Vale, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK.

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A canal side milepost located near Bridge 84A The Vale on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal at Edgbaston.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Poole/Freeman

location: West Midlands, United Kingdom

date approved: 7/28/2019

last visited: never

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MilestonesWorcester and Birmingham Canal Milepost - Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK.

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A canal side milepost located at Bridge 84 on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal at Edgbaston.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Poole/Freeman

location: West Midlands, United Kingdom

date approved: 7/28/2019

last visited: never

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MilestonesPoststraße Erfurt-Heiligenstadt - Postmeilensäule - Erfurt, TH, Deutschland

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Kursächsische Postmeilensäule vor dem Museum für Thüringer Volkskunde in Erfurt.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Windschattenwanderer

location: Thüringen, Germany

date approved: 7/16/2019

last visited: never

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MilestonesB942 Waymarker Milestone - Balcaskie, Fife.

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Cast-iron waymarker on the junction of the B942 and B9171 roads in the East Neuk of Fife, Scotland.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member creg-ny-baa

location: Northern Scotland, United Kingdom

date approved: 7/12/2019

last visited: never

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MilestonesB941 Milestone - Pitcorthie, Fife.

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Milestone with cast-iron cap on the B941 road north of the village of Kilconquhar in the East Neuk of Fife in Scotland.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member creg-ny-baa

location: Northern Scotland, United Kingdom

date approved: 7/10/2019

last visited: never

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MilestonesArncroach Milepost - Fife, Scotland.

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Rebuilt cast-iron milepost in a unique style, situated just north of the village of Arncroach in the Kingdom of Fife, Scotland.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member creg-ny-baa

location: Northern Scotland, United Kingdom

date approved: 7/7/2019

last visited: never

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MilestonesA487 Milestone, Bontnewydd, Gwynedd, Wales

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An old milestone in Bontnewydd, Gwynedd, Wales.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Meirion

location: North Wales, United Kingdom

date approved: 6/25/2019

last visited: never

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MilestonesB946 Waymarker Milestone - Wormit, Fife.

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Old cast-iron waymarker at a junction on the B946, south of the Fife village of Wormit.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member creg-ny-baa

location: Northern Scotland, United Kingdom

date approved: 6/24/2019

last visited: never

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MilestonesSUSTRANS Millennium Milestone - Leasowe, UK

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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: North West England, United Kingdom

date approved: 6/23/2019

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: North West England, United Kingdom

date approved: 6/23/2019

last visited: never

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MilestonesMilník / Milestone, Hrivcice, Czechia

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Historický milník v centru Hrivcic // A historic milestone in the center of Hrivcice.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ashberry

location: Ústecký kraj, Czechia

date approved: 6/23/2019

last visited: never

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