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32. New Abbey
Difficulty of Trail: Easy peasy
Length of Trail: 1 - 2 miles

Landranger OS sheet 84, Grid ref 965 663

New Abbey or Sweetheart Abbey was built in 1273 by Lady Devorgilla Balliol in memory of her husband John Balliol. The monks called the abbey Dulce Cor or Sweetheart because of Lady Devorgilla’s deep devotion to her husband. She had carried his embalmed heart encased in silver and ivory with her for 16 years until her own death when she was buried in the abbey with her husband’s heart.

Park in the Abbey car park and follow the sign to the modern cemetery. Go through the graveyard past the family tree stone to the east wall. Follow the countryside path for 50 meters going north, down some stone steps, turn right and follow the path adjacent to the old wall. When you reach the corner there is a place where the cows have worked through the vegetation to the wall. To find the letterbox go along the wall back in the direction you have come from. Find the second tree in from the corner, an old tree growing in the wall. The box is in a hole in the wall next to this tree.

To reach this location you will be walking through fields where there will be farm animals you may find that it is very muddy – please take this into account.

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

Something to clean hands and inky stamp
Hidden On: 01/06/2007
Last Known Find:  Please let us know your find