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28. Scottish Authors: Sir Walter Scott
Difficulty of Trail: Easy peasy
Length of Trail: Less than 1 mile

Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) was Scotland's most popular author during his day. Among his most well-known works are Rob Roy, Ivanhoe and The Lady of the Lake. His home in the Scottish Borders is open to visitors and is filled with relics, memorabilia, weapons and armour. He died here in 1832, having had his bed moved to the dining room for a better view of his beloved River Tweed below.

Coming from the roundabout on A6091, drive 0.65 miles past the private car park at Abbotsford to a lay-by on the left side of the road. Park here.

You'll note a wooden sign reading "Path" that points Southeast up the hill. Ignore it, however, and carefully cross the road to the sign pointing to the "River Tweed."

From the sign, proceed Northwest down the hill. You'll come to a trail marker for the "Melrose Paths" pointing to your right. Follow the arrow and you'll come to a bench and another trail marker with yellow arrows (n.b., this is the Woodland Path, a loop trail that can also be reached from the Abbotsford grounds if you're visiting the house). Follow the trail to your left, down the hill and then walk North along the River Tweed.

Soon you will be opposite a car park that is across the river, and just ahead of you on the river bank is an anglers' shack. Search for the tree marked 03413 on your right, up a slight slope. Carefully make your way to the North side of this tree, taking care not to disturb the mossy slope (use a roundabout route if necessary).

Please be absolutely discreet in finding and re-hiding this letterbox, since this is a well-used path. Please reseal all baggies carefully and completely, and double-bag all contents into the appropriately labelled bag. Restore the box in its hiding place and cover with leaves to camouflage the location, thus ensuring that this letterbox remains safe and sound.

For this box, you will need:
  • An inkpad
  • Something to write with

Hidden On: 23/10/2006
Last Known Find: 04/02/2007 Please let us know your find