Derbyshire County Council has defended its decision to 'improve' the world famous stepping stones at Dovedale by cementing limestone slabs onto the top of them to level them out.
The council made the repairs because the stones had become worn over the years and were now at different levels, causing some to become submerged during the winter.
But 479 Dovedale fans have already joined a Facebook group calling for the new slabs to be removed to restore the stones to their former state.
Group members have labelled the changes 'vandalism' and 'health and safety gone mad' and feel the new look spoils their natural beauty.
But Derbyshire County Council says the changes have the full backing of the National Trust and the Derbyshire limestone slabs which have been used will weather over time.
This photo, taken in late 2008, shows the old stones submerged as water levels rose during the winter.
Millions of people have visited Dovedale over the past three centuries and the stepping stones are famous around the world.
The new stones didn't seem to deter visitors this week but many are still angry at what they consider to be an act of vandalism on a much-loved Derbyshire feature.
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