Stanage Pole replaced to mark 65th anniversary of Peak District

Stanage Pole has been replaced in a ceremony celebrating the 65th anniversary of the Peak District National Park.
Stanage Pole has been replaced in a ceremony celebrating the 65th anniversary of the Peak District National Park.
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Stanage Pole has been replaced in a ceremony celebrating the 65th anniversary of the Peak District National Park.

A wooden marker has stood on Hallam Moors on an ancient packhorse route known as Long Causeway, close to Stanage Edge, for several hundred years at the border of Derbyshire and Yorkshire.

The previous pole had to be removed for safety reasons last year after some of the wood rotted.

Around 500 people turned out to see the replacement larch tree trunk on Sunday, which had been sourced from Stanage-North Lees and was hoisted into place with help from the British Mountaineering Council.

Environment Minister Rory Stewart said: “Our National Parks are the soul of Britain, beautiful and enticing landscapes, of which we should all be very proud.

“The Peak District is particularly special as our very first National Park, and its 65th anniversary is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate its inspiring work and encourage more people to explore the history of this national treasure.

“The Peak District’s replacement of Stanage Pole on reaching this milestone is a real symbol of the park’s valuable work protecting our precious natural heritage, so it can be enjoyed for years to come.”

Sheffield’s Durham Foundry produced the cast iron base.

Managing Director Mike Naylor said: “We were delighted to be involved in the project. The pole is an iconic landmark and I can remember walking past it as a boy with my dad. We also saw it as a way of highlighting the value of craft apprentices and Josh Sutton, supervised by Simon Parr, did a great job.”

Further support came from the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire, Clarion Ramblers and public donations.