Volunteer organises guided walk along parish boundary

Local countryside lover Anthea Rawlence  with one of the the sculptures in the Sites of Meaning project at Middleton-by-Youlgreave.

Local countryside lover Anthea Rawlence with one of the the sculptures in the Sites of Meaning project at Middleton-by-Youlgreave.

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A GUIDED walk around the 17 ancient boundary stones that mark the entrances to a Peak District parish will be held in the national park next month.

Walk leader Anthea Rawlence has lived in Winster, near Matlock, for 30 years and was mystified when she spotted a sculpture on the road between Gratton and Middleton-by-Youlgreave.

She said: “Every time I went past I stopped to have another look, but I had no idea what it was all about. I asked around and eventually I found out about the Sites of Meaning project.”

Sites of Meaning is a project that marks the 17 entrances to the parish of Middleton and Smerrill with boundary stones, each inscribed with a text chosen by members of the parish.

Once she discovered this, Ms Rawlence – a volunteer with Friends of the Peak District – decided to team up with Peak Park ranger Frank Mason and organise a walk around the area to see some of the eye-catching markers.

“I’m really pleased that Frank is going to lead the walk, because he knows loads of interesting things and is great at answering questions”, she said.

“Plus, of course, it’s a beautiful place for a stroll.”

The ramble will take three hours and leaves at 1.45pm on Saturday, June 18. For details or to book a place call 01629 650480.

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