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The Touchstone Trail

The Touchstone Trail

Sculpture Trail

Derwent Valley North - Bamford

The Village Green
Bamford
Hope Valley
S33 0AY

Enjoy the trail.

Guides are usually available from The Anglers Rest

The Touchstone Trail was devised by local artist Jenny Mather to commemorate the Millennium the Bamford Touch Stone Trail was created. The community wanted a lasting memory of this very special occasion and after holding a meeting in October 1999, local resident and artist, Jenny, proposed the idea of a Touch Stone Trail.  

This project would be a permanent reminder of the millennium, reflecting memorable aspects of Bamford both old and new, as well as encouraging visitors to discover what Bamford has to offer.

To begin with, countless clay models were created by local families.  Jenny then sculpted each of them together to produce intricate touchstone designs.
 
Rubber moulds were made of each touchstone to enable a resin and ground stone mixture to be poured in.  This process creates a very hardwearing sculpture to withstand the weather conditions.  The touchstones resemble gritstone found in the surrounding Dark Peak area.  Sheffield University have made replicas of ancient artefact using the same technique. 
 
The Touchstones illustrate Air, Water, Earth and Fire.  The stones at situated on a five-mile walk around the edges of the village.  A central Touchstone combines all four elements.  A celtic symbol is present on all the touchstones to signify the millennium. 
 
The creation of the Touchstone Trail and all its supporting material is a celebration of community spirit.  The 1,400 strong community of Bamford pulled together to create a lasting icon for generations to come.  We thank all the adults and children of Bamford who modelled many of the animals, flowers and people on the touchstones, and all who helped get the project off the ground.

The Trail is signposted from the Green and guides are (usually) available from The Anglers Rest.

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The Touchstone Trail
The Village Green
Bamford
Hope Valley
S33 0AT
The Village Green
Bamford
Hope Valley
S33 0AT
53.348661, -1.689473
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Touchstone Trail 2
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