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Village proud of iconic boundary millstone

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Monday 10 November 2014

Dunford Bridge millstoneThe first Peak District National Park millstone boundary marker to be installed for more than 25 years is now in place at Dunford Bridge.

Local people wanted the marker because they are proud to be part of the national park and wanted a permanent reminder of the Tour de France legacy. It is hoped it will encourage greater use of local attractions, including Langsett Barn and the Trans Pennine Trail.

The Peak District National Park Authority covered most of the cost through its sustainable development fund following the request from Dunford Parish Council. Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council made a contribution and provided the land, volunteers helped clear the site and National Grid loaned equipment  to lift the 1tonne stone into position.

The gritstone marker was cut from an old core stone at Stoke Hall Quarry in Grindleford and has been hand-tooled over several weeks by Steve Nicholson jnr of Capital Stone Masonry in Sheffield.

The 54inch-diameter stone and plinth were installed by the national park's countryside maintenance team and is the first millstone marker to be erected in more than two decades.

Sue Perry Sykes, vice-chair of Dunford Parish Council, said: "This is something really positive for the area. To be honest, most people from outside the village don't realise that Dunford Bridge is in the Peak District National Park. But when the Tour de France came through, we had lots of visitors and people using the Trans Pennine Trail and they loved the area.

"Since the trail has been resurfaced, we have had a lot more people walking and cycling in the area and we thought it would be a great way to celebrate being part of the national park.''

Peak District National Park area ranger Fiona Draisey said: "It has been great to see the local people get behind the project and it was a special day for the village. It's quite an isolated spot, right on the edge of the moors, and they can sometimes feel they have been overlooked.

"It has been a real community effort and it would be nice if it encouraged other places to get a boundary marker of their own.''

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