Millennium stones walk

BOUNDARY MARKER:  Anthea Rawlence at Smerrill boundary marker stone.
BOUNDARY MARKER: Anthea Rawlence at Smerrill boundary marker stone.

Walkers are invited to take a tour round a Peak District village and discover the fascinating background of 17 unique markerstones.

Countryside lover Anthea Rawlence was mystified when she spotted a sculpture on the road between Gratton and Middleton-by-Youlgrave and wanted to find out more.

She discovered the sculpture was part of the Sites of Meaning – a Millennium project which saw local sculptors commissioned to create boundary stones for the seventeen entrances to the parish.

The stones are inscribed with text chosen by villagers, including verses written by school children from Middleton and Youlgrave.

Anthea, who has lived in Winster for over 30 years, said: “Every time I went past I stopped to have another look, but I had no idea what it was all about. I asked around and eventually I found out about the Sites of Meaning project.”

Started in 1999 and finished in 2006, the project was run by a team of parishioners who raised funds, collected text for the inscriptions, commissioned stones from artists and masons and installed the finished boundary markers.

Over 200 people took part, including schools, colleges, regional and national artists.

Anthea, who is a volunteer with local countryside charity Friends of the Peak District, has teamed up with Peak Park ranger Frank Mason and organised a walk around the area to see some of these remarkable markers.

She said: “I’m really pleased that Frank is going to lead the walk because he knows loads of interesting things and is great at answering questions. Plus, of course, it’s a beautiful place for a stroll.”

With 17 boundary stones completed, an 18th stone, situated in the village square, was commissioned to celebrate the achievement of all those who have taken part. It acts as a compass for the whole project.

The walk will take place on Saturday, June 18, at 1.45pm, and is set to take three hours.

It costs £2.50 per person which will raise funds for Friends of the Peak District. To book contact Anthea on 01629 650480 or