SUSTRANS Millennium Milestone - Shotton, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 53° 12.996 W 003° 02.256
30U E 497489 N 5896366
Quick Description: 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.
Location: North Wales, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 9/1/2017 3:29:30 PM
Waymark Code: WMWGAK
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Ernmark
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Long Description:
This SUSTRANS network milestone marker is on the Chester Millennium Greenway, part of national route 5. Route 5 links Reading with Holyhead.

The Chester Millennium Greenway uses a disused railway line running between the towns of Chester in England and Connah's Quay (Cei Connah) in Wales. It is 8 miles long and has a tarmac surface along its whole length.

There is a railway station at Shotton, a short distance from Connah's Quayand so people who walk the Greenway rather than cycle it, often walk between Shotton and Chester and then get a train in the reverse direction.

At this point the milestone stands at the side of the Greenway 3/4 mile from the Connah's Quay end of the route and is the closest place on the route to Shotton Station

SUSTRANS is an organisation that promotes the use of cycles as a green form of transport. A national network of cycle routes is being developed in conjunction with local councils. Wherever possible the routes avoid roads, but in some places have to share the road network.

As part of the millennium celebrations 1000 mileposts have been installed at various positions throughout the whole SUSTRANS network.

The posts all bear embossed discs showing a "Time Trail" symbol. These form a nationwide puzzle that can be cracked by collecting the symbols.

There are 1,000 cast-iron Millennium Mileposts, donated by The Royal Bank of Scotland, along the UK's National Cycle Network, a Millennium Commission project supported by £43.5m of National Lottery Funds. Each milepost has a Time Trail disc bearing symbols and hieroglyphics bolted into it.
By taking rubbings of these discs it is possible to gain clues to help decipher the code.
There are several layers to uncover to reach the solution and a special Ultimate Prize for those who can work it out. For many, especially children and families, the fun will be in just getting out on the Network to find the mileposts and discs.

This type was designed by John Mills and is called 'The Fossil Tree', this post takes the form of an abstract tree with relief imagery of fossils depicting the passage of time from early primitive creatures to the ultimate demise of fossil fuel driven technology.

Condition: Immaculate

Material: Metal

Inscription:
3/4M CONNAH'S QUAY     CHESTER 7M         CEI CONNAH


Name of road: Chester Millennium Greenway (Part of National Route 5)

Date placed: Not listed

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