SUSTRANS Millennium Milestone - Skelton, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 53° 59.598 W 001° 08.312
30U E 622031 N 5984380
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: Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 9/20/2021 9:47:39 AM
Waymark Code: WM14ZZY
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Ernmark
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Long Description:
This milestone is on national cycle route 65, which stretches 136 miles and connects Hornsea on the east coast to Middlesbrough.

In a lot of places the route makes use of old railway lines and river side footpaths. This milestone is 4 miles to the norh west of the city of York and NCN 65 has been following the course of the River Ouse. However very close to this point the cycle path diverts from the path alongside the river and although at this point is in a wooded area it eventually joins a section of the route that is on roads.

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.

Sustrans commissioned four artists from the four countries of the United Kingdom to design cast iron ‘Millennium Mileposts’, but each design was spread throughout the network rather than being only installed in the country of birth of the artist.

This English Style milepost was designed by Brighton based Jon Mills, entitled “The Fossil Tree”. The 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.

SUSTRANS encouraged local communities to paint the milestones in a colour scheme of their choosing. In this case most of the milestone is painted blue but alongside the fossils has been painted a green beetle. This is a representation of a Tansy beetle, a rare endangered beetle that in the UK only lives alongside the River Ouse in the area around York.
Condition: Immaculate

Date placed: 1/1/2000

Material: Metal

Inscription:
5 BENINGBROUGH           YORK 4


Name of road: National Cycle Route 65

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