Coldstream’s restored millennium milepost

Sustrans project officer  Cosmo Blake with the refurbished Coldstream milepost in its right position on Duns Road
Sustrans project officer Cosmo Blake with the refurbished Coldstream milepost in its right position on Duns Road

Coldstream’s decorative milepost, a marker on National Cycle Route 1, has been moved back to its original spot and been given a makeover.

One of only two millennium mileposts in the Borders the decorative cast iron milepost – well known to local walkers and cyclists - has been sitting on Duns Road, half a mile outside Coldstream, since being installed in 2000 to mark the national cycle route (from Dover to Shetland) on the stretch between Berwick-upon-Tweed and Edinburgh.

At some point the milepost, designed by Welshman Andrew Rowe,mysteriously moved off the National Cycle network and, ignored by passers-by, began to lose its lustre.

As part of the 20th celebration of the National Cycle Network, Sustrans and its volunteers have brought this historic milepost back to its former and correct location.

Now, painted in the Coldstream colours of blue and white, it now sits proudly on the path, helping guide cyclists and walkers of all ages and abilities and reminding others of the cycle routes set up by Sustrans.

Project officer, Cosmo Blake, and Sustrans Scotland’s national director, John Lauder, are both from Coldstream and were delighted to see the milepost back in its original position.

“It’s been great to be able to return this milepost to the correct location and to give it a new look,” said Cosmo. “I remember seeing the milepost being put in along the road in the wrong place from the school bus a number of years ago.

“I didn’t know it was the wrong place at the time - though I did know its connection with cycling. My brother Edmund volunteered to help with the installation.”

There are over 1000 mileposts - as well as giving directions they are also works of art - across the UK and Sustrans Scotland have taken steps to ensure that the 175 or so mileposts in Scotland will stand out along the National Cycle Network for years to come.