Long Drive to Newmarket, England. 2018

Date:  6th July 2018.

Travelled:  485 kilometres from Jedburgh, Scotland to Newmarket in England.

Visited:  Jedburgh Abbey, Scotland

Stayed:  Newmarket, England.  Church Lane long term parking, free on Sunday and overnight.  N52.24405, E0.40285


It was a very quiet eveing in Jedburgh, there were a couple of other motorhomes here overnight, so we felt safe enough.  The tourist office is just over the way, with toilets etc.  But as we arrived in the early evening, everything was closed in any case.  After a long day on the road we weren’t in the mood for exploring anyway.

Whilst I am writting a blog, Pam is looking through the Lonely Planet to find, Jedburgh has some very interesting sites of its own.  So after the usual coffee and fruit we walk up town.


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It’s only a short walk up to the square. Pam takes a seat under this lovely lamp, come fountain.  On top of the post you may notice a small figure of a unicorn, known as a mercat cross in Scotland.  This indicated the town has royal consent to hold a market in the town square.


Another piece of interesting trivia.


A proper view of the Spread Eagle, one of Jedburgh more stylish buildings.


Mary Queen of Scots certainly seemed to get around.


The Mary Queen of Scots Visitors Centre, which is essentially the house and garden, is beautifully presented.   Such lovely lawn, trees and garden beds.


Love that tree !



On the far side of the garden we find Jedburgh’s Rock of Ages. Carved 1300 years ago, this stone was the base for a larger cross.


You can read about it here.



We find some interesting little lanes as we walk up town toward the Abbey.


Our first glimpse of the Abbey, it’s big or must have been in its heyday. Jedburgh Abbey was founded in 1138.


Our Scotland Heritage membership gives us free entry and audio guides.


Another view of the Abbey.


The visitors centre has an interesting timeline on the rise and fall of the Abbey. This guy was very helpful.


Walking out of the visitors centre we start our tour of the Abbey.


So we wander about reading the message boards and listening to the audio on the history of the Abbey.


Interesting stone coffin. Well we have done Jedburgh Abbey, we hand back our audio guides and make or way back to the Hymer.


From then on it’s just a long drive south for the next 6-7 hours.  We were hoping to make Thetford tonight, but our visit to Jedburgh put us a bit behing schedule.  Jedburgh was well worth it.

Anyway we stop at Newmarket for fuel and decide to call it a day.  We find a small carpark, it has no restrictions and it’s free.

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