Stanage Pole replaced on landmark day for Peak District National Park

Stanage Pole is lifted into place.
Stanage Pole is lifted into place.

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

Environment Minister Rory Stewart said the decision to replace the pole was a symbol of the national park’s work to protect the natural heritage, and described the Peak District as a ‘national treasure’.

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, and around 500 people turned out to see the replacement larch tree trunk, sourced from Stanage-North Lees, hoisted into place with help from the British Mountaineering Council.

Sarah Fowler, Chief Executive of the Peak District National Park, said: “It was a delight to see so many people celebrate the replacement of Stanage Pole on Sunday.

“The replacement of such an important landmark in the Peak District National Park was a fitting way to mark our 65th birthday, as the first national park in the UK.”

Environment Minister Rory Stewart said: “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.”