Millennium Mileposts

Discover these artworks on the National Cycle Network.

Find a milepost

The Millennium Mileposts are cast-iron sculptures that help people navigate the National Cycle Network.

You’ll find four different milepost designs in both rural and urban locations on routes all across the UK.

We commissioned four artists from the four countries of the United Kingdom to design these artworks.

Unveiled in the year 2000, they are a celebration of the freedom and diversity of the National Cycle Network.

Over 1,000 Millennium Mileposts were installed, stretching to all corners of the UK, some as far north as the Shetland Islands.

You’ll find them at scenic spots on the Network, such as coastal paths and nature reserves.

They can also be found at train stations and other key locations where the Network runs through villages, towns and cities.

Volunteer painting milepost on National Route 1

Work to preserve 1,000 Millennium Milepost artworks around the UK begins

The UK-wide project to audit and repaint the mileposts celebrates 21 years since they were first installed on the National Cycle Network.

Find out more about this project

Browse the interactive map below to find a Millennium Milepost

Zoom in to see images and find out more about a milepost.

Use the magnifying glass button at the top right of the map to search for a location.

You can also open the map in a new window.

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David Dudgeon milepost icon Dudgeon milepost David Dudgeon milepost needs painting icon Dudgeon milepost - needs painting
Iain McColl milepost icon McColl milepost Iain McColl milepost needs painting icon McColl milepost - needs painting
Jon Mills milepost icon Mills milepost Jon Mills milepost needs painting icon Mills milepost - needs painting
Rowe milepost Andrew Rowe milepost needs painting icon Rowe milepost - needs painting
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Artworks such as the Millennium Mileposts are important to encourage people to enjoy the journey and not just aim for the destination. The ultimate aim of the National Cycle Network is to help more people to get active by making everyday journeys on foot and by bike. Blockquote quotation marks
John Lauder, Deputy CEO of Sustrans

The four Millennium Milepost designs

The first post to be commissioned was designed by Brighton-based Jon Mills, entitled The Fossil Tree.

The post takes the form of an abstract tree with relief imagery of fossils depicting the passage of time from early primitive creatures to the ultimate demise of fossil fuel-driven technology.

The Scottish sculptor Iain McColl designed the second post, The Cockerel.

The influences behind this one are Miro's The Fork and Branusci's The Cock.

This design has additional space that has been left for partners to cast their own short message.


A Millennium Milepost designed by Ian McColl in Coatbridge, Scotland.

The design by Welsh artist Andrew Rowe is based upon the nautical and industrial heritage of his native Swansea, and can have up to four directional fingers.

The fourth post is titled Tracks, designed by Belfast artist David Dudgeon.

The main design on this milepost shows the tracks made in the landscape by cyclists.

This is complemented by a piece of text exploring sensations and observations one makes whilst travelling through various environments.


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School volunteers painting milepost

Since being installed, the Millennium Mileposts have been looked after by volunteers from Sustrans and local communities.