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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In the automobile age, milestones have been superseded by sheet metal signs, readable from a moving car, and latterly by the in-car GPS satnav, but many remain as a reminder of a time when the pace of travel was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Due to the fact that they have been superseded, milestones are typically of historic interest.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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This milestone can be seen in the village of Crick.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree

location: East Midlands, United Kingdom

date approved: 8/5/2011

last visited: never

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The infomation has been totally obliterated on this milestone.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member greysman

location: East Midlands, United Kingdom

date approved: 7/25/2010

last visited: never

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MilestonesGrand Union Canal Milestone - Whilton, Northamptonshire, UK

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A milstone marker post along the Grand Union Canal.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree

location: East Midlands, United Kingdom

date approved: 7/23/2008

last visited: 2/15/2011

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MilestonesReinstalled Milepost, Main Street, East Haddon, Northants.

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This old mile post was removed from the A428 and installed here to comemmorate the year 2000.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member greysman

location: East Midlands, United Kingdom

date approved: 7/5/2011

last visited: 8/14/2016

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MilestonesDunchurch Milestone - The Green, Dunchurch, Warwickshire, UK

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An old stone milestone in the centre of Dunchurch.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree

location: West Midlands, United Kingdom

date approved: 8/1/2008

last visited: never

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One of several of this design on the A45, London to Holyhead road.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member greysman

location: East Midlands, United Kingdom

date approved: 5/15/2010

last visited: 12/27/2010

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MilestonesGrand Union Canal Milestone - Brockhall, Northamptonshire, UK

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A metal Milestone marker post along the Grand Union Canal.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree

location: East Midlands, United Kingdom

date approved: 7/23/2008

last visited: 1/19/2010

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MilestonesBraunston 10 Miles - Stowehill, Flore, Northamptonshire, UK

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This milestone appears alongside the canal in Flore.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree

location: East Midlands, United Kingdom

date approved: 3/16/2010

last visited: 3/9/2010

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MilestonesGrand Union Canalside Marker - Upper Heyford- Northants

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A metal canalside Mileage Marker.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Norfolk12

location: United Kingdom

date approved: 12/16/2008

last visited: 5/19/2008

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A mile marker on Main Road in Claybrooke Parva.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member SMacB

location: East Midlands, United Kingdom

date approved: 12/28/2015

last visited: 4/6/2017

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MilestonesMilestone - Main Road - Claybrooke Magna, Leicestershire

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A milestone in Main Road, opposite Frolesworth Lane, Claybrooke Magna.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member SMacB

location: East Midlands, United Kingdom

date approved: 4/3/2017

last visited: 4/6/2017

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MilestonesGrand Union Canal Nr Kibworth,Leicestershire

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A Metal mile marker on the grand Union Canal In Leicestershire

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Norfolk12

location: East Midlands, United Kingdom

date approved: 2/12/2011

last visited: never

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MilestonesGrand Union Canal Nr Kibworth,Leicestershire

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A Mileage Marker on the Grand Union Canal

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Norfolk12

location: Eastern England, United Kingdom

date approved: 2/12/2011

last visited: never

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MilestonesGrand Union Canalside Mileage Marker

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a Mileage Marker on the Grand Union Canal by bridge 49B near Blisworth, Northants

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Norfolk12

location: United Kingdom

date approved: 4/15/2008

last visited: 12/20/2008

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MilestonesMillennium Mileage Marker - Brackmills- Northants

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A millennium mileage marker. This is on the dis-used railway track leading from Great Houghton to Brackmills country park and is on route 6 of the national cycle network.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Norfolk12

location: East Midlands, United Kingdom

date approved: 3/6/2012

last visited: never

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MilestonesTowcester - Northant's

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A metal mileage plaque on the wall of a house in Towcester,Northant's

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Norfolk12

location: East Midlands, United Kingdom

date approved: 7/7/2010

last visited: 7/4/2011

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MilestonesBraunston 20 - Grand Union Canal, Stoke Bruerne, Northamptonshire, UK

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Alongside the canal near the Blisworth tunnel is this milestone.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree

location: East Midlands, United Kingdom

date approved: 7/21/2012

last visited: never

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MilestonesStoke Bruerne Museum Milestone - Northants

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In the grounds Of the Canal Museum at Stoke Bruerne, by the old pump.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Norfolk12

location: East Midlands, United Kingdom

date approved: 5/18/2010

last visited: 7/15/2012

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MilestonesCanal Side Mileage Marker - Northant's

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This canalside marker on the Grand Union canal is between bridges 56 and 57,

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Norfolk12

location: East Midlands, United Kingdom

date approved: 5/28/2010

last visited: 3/6/2011

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Milestones23 Miles to Braunston - Grand Union Canal, Nr Grafton Regis, Northamptonshire, UK

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This milestone appears alongside the Grand Union Canal just north-east of Grafton Regis.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree

location: East Midlands, United Kingdom

date approved: 3/17/2011

last visited: 12/24/2016

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MilestonesQuarter - Between Bridge 57 and 58 - Grand Union Canal, Nr Grafton Regis, Northamptonshire, UK

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This quarter-mile marker appears alongside the Grand Union Canal.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree

location: East Midlands, United Kingdom

date approved: 3/17/2011

last visited: 12/24/2016

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MilestonesMeriden Milestone - Warwickshire, UK

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A cast iron milestone on the B4102 east of Meriden.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Superted

location: United Kingdom

date approved: 8/20/2008

last visited: 9/15/2015

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MilestonesStoke Goldington - B526

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Older type of Milestone

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Norfolk12

location: United Kingdom

date approved: 2/29/2008

last visited: 3/3/2008

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MilestonesCanalside - Grand Union Canal - Northant's

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Metal Mileage marker on the Grand union canal between Cosgrove lock and Castlethorpe

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Norfolk12

location: Eastern England, United Kingdom

date approved: 10/22/2012

last visited: never

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MilestonesGrand Union Canalside - Castlethorpe - Buck's

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A metal mileage marker on the Grand Union Canal in Buckinhgamshire

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Norfolk12

location: Eastern England, United Kingdom

date approved: 10/10/2012

last visited: never

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