New Tour de France boundary marker for South Yorkshire village

Boundary millstone being installed at Dunford Bridge.
Boundary millstone being installed at Dunford Bridge.
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A new boundary marker has been installed in a Peak District village as part of the legacy of the Tour de France.

Dunford Bridge, near Barnsley, has become home to the first new Peak District National Park millstone boundary marker to be put in place in more than 25 years.

Residents wanted the marker to signify being part of the National Park and to serve as a permanent reminder of the cycle race which went through the area.

It is hoped the marker will encourage ‘greater use’ of local attractions including Langsett Barn and the Trans Pennine Trail.

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.”

The Peak District National Park Authority funded most of the £5,000 cost following a request from Dunford Parish Council.

Barnsley Council also put £1,000 towards the cost of the scheme.

Volunteers cleared the site and the National Grid loaned equipment to put the one-tonne stone into position.

Park ranger Fiona Draisey said: “It has been great to see the local people get behind the project and it was a special day.”