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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In the automobile age, milestones have been superseded by sheet metal signs, readable from a moving car, and latterly by the in-car GPS satnav, but many remain as a reminder of a time when the pace of travel was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Due to the fact that they have been superseded, milestones are typically of historic interest.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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Image for Borne zero. Voie de la Liberté, Sainte-Mère-Église, Franceview gallery

SESE49.9 km

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MilestonesBorne zero. Voie de la Liberté, Sainte-Mère-Église, France

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Zero milestone at the start of La Voie de la Liberté, a road commemorating the liberation of Europe by Allied forces.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Sieni

location: Normandie, France

date approved: 9/2/2013

last visited: 8/6/2019

Image for Beach Road Junction Milestone - Studland, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset, UKview gallery

NN104.8 km

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MilestonesBeach Road Junction Milestone - Studland, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset, UK

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A stone milestone at the junction of Beach Road, Rectory Lane and Ferry Road in Studland village.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree

location: Southern England, United Kingdom

date approved: 9/26/2008

last visited: 5/30/2009

Image for Milestone - A351 - Corfe Castle, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset, UKview gallery

NN105.4 km

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MilestonesMilestone - A351 - Corfe Castle, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset, UK

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An old stone milestone in the village of Corfe Castle.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree

location: Southern England, United Kingdom

date approved: 10/7/2008

last visited: 4/22/2011

Image for Highcliffe Milestone - East Dorset, UKview gallery

NN115.7 km

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MilestonesHighcliffe Milestone - East Dorset, UK

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A Milestone in Lymington Road, Highcliffe, East Dorset.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree

location: Southern England, United Kingdom

date approved: 3/24/2008

last visited: never

Image for Ringwood 8 - Salisbury Road, Somerford, Hampshire, UKview gallery

NN115.9 km

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MilestonesRingwood 8 - Salisbury Road, Somerford, Hampshire, UK

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This milestone can be seen near the Staple Cross, just off the A35.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree

location: Southern England, United Kingdom

date approved: 10/4/2011

last visited: never

Image for Milestone - Shire Hall, High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset, UKview gallery

NN120.2 km

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MilestonesMilestone - Shire Hall, High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset, UK

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An unusual milestone located in the main street of Dorchester.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree

location: South West England, United Kingdom

date approved: 9/25/2010

last visited: 9/13/2014

Image for Milestone - Blandford Road - Sturminster Marshallview gallery

NN122.5 km

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MilestonesMilestone - Blandford Road - Sturminster Marshall

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Milestone beside the A350, Blandford Road.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Postells

location: Southern England, United Kingdom

date approved: 8/30/2011

last visited: never

Image for Ringwood 2 - B3347, Kingston, Hampshire, UKview gallery

NN124.2 km

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MilestonesRingwood 2 - B3347, Kingston, Hampshire, UK

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This metal milestone has been eaten by the beast of the New Forest.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree

location: Southern England, United Kingdom

date approved: 10/4/2010

last visited: never

Image for Moortown Lane Milestone - Ringwood, Hampshire, UKview gallery

NN125.9 km

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MilestonesMoortown Lane Milestone - Ringwood, Hampshire, UK

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This bright milestone is on the outskirts of Ringwood.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree

location: Southern England, United Kingdom

date approved: 9/5/2009

last visited: never

Image for Milestone on Horton Road, Ashley Heath. Dorsetview gallery

NN126.5 km

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MilestonesMilestone on Horton Road, Ashley Heath. Dorset

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A milestone on the side of Horton Road, Ashley Heath

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dave-harris

location: Southern England, United Kingdom

date approved: 6/6/2011

last visited: never

Image for Milestone - West Street - Blandford Forum, Dorsetview gallery

NN130.2 km

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MilestonesMilestone - West Street - Blandford Forum, Dorset

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A mile-stone opposite No 24 West Street, Blandford Forum.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member SMacB

location: South West England, United Kingdom

date approved: 9/8/2017

last visited: never

Image for Borne Kilometrique, Condé-sur-Noireau, Franceview gallery

SESE133.6 km

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MilestonesBorne Kilometrique, Condé-sur-Noireau, France

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A typical French Borne Kilometrique, in Condé-sur-Noireau

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Sieni

location: Normandie, France

date approved: 9/14/2013

last visited: 6/16/2016

Image for Salisbury 12 - Ringwood Road, Nr Hyde, Hampshire, UKview gallery

NN134.4 km

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MilestonesSalisbury 12 - Ringwood Road, Nr Hyde, Hampshire, UK

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This cast-iron milestone is hidden in the hedgerow alongside the main A338 road.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree

location: Southern England, United Kingdom

date approved: 9/25/2011

last visited: never

Image for Salisbury 11 - Ringwood Road, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, UKview gallery

NN136 km

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MilestonesSalisbury 11 - Ringwood Road, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, UK

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This cast-iron milestone is located on the slip road alongside the main A338 road in Fordingbridge.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree

location: Southern England, United Kingdom

date approved: 9/25/2011

last visited: never

Image for Milestone - Salisbury Street - Shaftesbury, Dorsetview gallery

NN146.9 km

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MilestonesMilestone - Salisbury Street - Shaftesbury, Dorset

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A milestone on Salisbury Street (B3091), Shaftesbury.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member SMacB

location: South West England, United Kingdom

date approved: 10/5/2017

last visited: never

Image for Station Road milestone, Sidmouth, Devonview gallery

NWNW147.4 km

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MilestonesStation Road milestone, Sidmouth, Devon

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Stone milestone beside Station Road, Sidmouth.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Four Cool Dudes

location: South West England, United Kingdom

date approved: 5/5/2013

last visited: 2/22/2014

Image for Milestone with cut bench mark, Seaton Road, near Farway, Devonview gallery

NWNW150.2 km

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MilestonesMilestone with cut bench mark, Seaton Road, near Farway, Devon

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Milestone with Cut mark beside Seaton Road near Farway, Sidbury, Devon.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Four Cool Dudes

location: South West England, United Kingdom

date approved: 5/28/2013

last visited: never

Image for Milestone - Wilton Road - Barford St Martin, Wiltshireview gallery

NN153.4 km

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MilestonesMilestone - Wilton Road - Barford St Martin, Wiltshire

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A milestone on Wilton Road, Barford St Martin.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member SMacB

location: South West England, United Kingdom

date approved: 10/19/2017

last visited: never

Image for Ilminster Parish- Milestone 1 (Ilminster 1 Chard 4 miles)view gallery

NWNW154.8 km

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MilestonesIlminster Parish- Milestone 1 (Ilminster 1 Chard 4 miles)

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roadside milestone

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dave.johnson

location: South West England, United Kingdom

date approved: 2/12/2015

last visited: 2/15/2015

Image for Donyatt Parish - Milestone 1 ( Taunton 12 1/4 Chard 3 miles )view gallery

NWNW155.3 km

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MilestonesDonyatt Parish - Milestone 1 ( Taunton 12 1/4 Chard 3 miles )

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Taunton Chard Milestone

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dave.johnson

location: South West England, United Kingdom

date approved: 2/16/2015

last visited: 2/16/2015

Image for Donyatt Milestone 2 - taunton chardview gallery

NWNW156.8 km

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MilestonesDonyatt Milestone 2 - taunton chard

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Roadside Milestone

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dave.johnson

location: South West England, United Kingdom

date approved: 2/16/2015

last visited: 2/17/2015

Image for Castle Street Milestone, Mere, Wiltshire.view gallery

NN157.2 km

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MilestonesCastle Street Milestone, Mere, Wiltshire.

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A metal plate/stone pillar milestone in Castle Street, Mere, Wiltshire.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member MeerRescue

location: Southern England, United Kingdom

date approved: 12/2/2014

last visited: never

Image for Horton Parish - Milestone 3view gallery

NWNW157.7 km

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MilestonesHorton Parish - Milestone 3

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honiton Ilminster milestone plates missing

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dave.johnson

location: South West England, United Kingdom

date approved: 2/16/2015

last visited: 2/16/2015

Image for Horton Parish - Ilminster Honiton Milestone 1view gallery

NWNW158 km

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MilestonesHorton Parish - Ilminster Honiton Milestone 1

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Rediscovered Milestone for A303 route - Honiton 13.5 miles Ilminster 3 miles

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dave.johnson

location: United Kingdom

date approved: 2/7/2015

last visited: 2/15/2015

Image for Horton Parish - Milestone 2   Tauntonview gallery

NWNW158 km

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MilestonesHorton Parish - Milestone 2 Taunton

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Taunton road milestone

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dave.johnson

location: South West England, United Kingdom

date approved: 2/7/2015

last visited: 2/15/2015

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