Historic Peak District marker to be replaced

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One of the Peak District National Park’s most recognisable landmarks is to be replaced.

The top section of the historic marker - referred to as Stanedge Pole on Ordnance Survey maps - had to be removed for safety reasons after the wood rotted.

Discussions have now begun to find the best way to replace the entire structure.

Standing on Hallam Moors, close to Stanage Edge, the pole marks the border of Derbyshire and South Yorkshire and dates back several hundred years.

It is on an ancient packhorse route known as Long Causeway and is also thought to have acted as a boundary marker.

Stella McGuire, a member of the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “This has been a familiar landmark for such a long time.

“We will be talking to local people about an appropriate replacement.

“We had no choice about removing the top section because it was a danger to the public, but it’s fair to say that it has been replaced a number of times over the years.

“It must have been a very important marker for travellers, especially at times when there was heavy snow on the ground.”