About us

The Milestone Society is a national registered charity, founded in 2001 to encourage people to care about our wayside heritage which is fast disappearing.

The scenic valley of the River Colne in Yorkshire holds six different types of ancient waymarker – a Roman milestone, a guide stoop, a 1770s turnpike milestone, an estate boundary marker, several canal milestones and three 1890s West Riding County Council cast iron milestones, as well as an original packhorse track, the highways, the Narrow canal and the railway.

We wanted to tell people more about their forebears who made or used these routes, so our volunteers led a group of local community organisations in establishing the “Crossing the Pennines” Heritage Trail, which showcases the travel and transport history that shaped the West Riding.

FacebookYou are welcome to make comments about the route and upload photographs to our facebook Group CrossingthePennines

Twitter You can also tweet about it
we are @storiesinstone

And if you have more walks or rides to add, please email details to us.

Enjoy !!

Thanks to all who have helped this project:

The Milestone Society – Yorkshire Group
Golcar and Slaithwaite Walkers are Welcome:
Kirklees Countryside Volunteers
Marsden Walkers are Welcome
Kirklees Council Public Rights of Way Officers
Huddersfield Local History Society
Huddersfield University – Hudsoft
Saddleworth Historical Society
Jo Barnes Fund
Mauve Hat Media
Promain Paint Suppliers
Kirklees College Construction and Countryside Departments
National Trust, Marsden Moor
Cuckoo's Nest & Marsden Community Association
Marsden History Group
Natural Serenity - Kathryn Paley  

Website by Madge at TinaBiscuit

And many individual friends and supporters….especially Valerie, Kyle, Harry, Sarah, and Colin!

The Packhorse Track

The one thing our volunteers could not do is restore the packhorse track that leads steeply down from Crow Trees Road to Netherwood Lane.

With much help from our friends and supporters we raised enough funding from the People's Millions to restore it authentically for families to explore in safety and for future generations to enjoy - and we commissioned a sculpture of a heavily laden packhorse to remind you of the early travellers.Engraving of packhorse track in regular use

How the track would have been in its heyday:







and a struggle even for Spiderman in 2014...

A struggle even for Spiderman, now



Here it is today:
Done it!