Waterloo Monument, New Abbey, Dumfries & Galloway
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Sheep Dip
N 54° 58.434 W 003° 38.271
30U E 459171 N 6092073
Quick Description: 19th century Memorial Tower with a fantastic view from the top. The final walk to the Tower involves a ½ mile steep climb via boulder steps set into the hillside.
Location: Southern Scotland, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 5/25/2009 7:43:56 AM
Waymark Code: WM6F7T
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member harleydavidsonandy
Views: 5

Long Description:
High up above the village of New Abbey and the beautiful ruins of the Cistercian Sweetheart Abbey, rearing over the trees, stands the 1815 Waterloo Monument. Standing 150 feet in height on Peniel Heugh (itself being 744 ft), it was erected by the Marquess of Lothian, “To record the valour of those British, Belgian and Prussian soldiers who under Wellington and Blucher on the 18th June 1816 gained the victory of Waterloo by which French tyranny was overthrown and peace restored to the world.”
Around the base of the monument are the remains of two much earlier fortifications, one being from the Iron Age, the latter from the Dark Ages.

From Sweetheart Abbey turn right and, once past the Abbey Arms in The Square, bear left and follow the signposted way. There is a small car park where the road ends from where you walk ahead, with the burn to your left. Follow the path as it swings right and then ascend the many granite steps to the foot of the tower.
Take care if you climb the spiral staircase to its summit as the open top has no parapet. The view from here, of the village, the Abbey and the Solway Firth beyond, is magnificent.
Height of Look-Out Tower in feet: 150.00

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Opening times and fees: Not listed

Parking Area: Not Listed

Visit Instructions:
Please log only if you have been up there and you must include a photo of the scenic view from the top.
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