Abbotsbury Hidden Chapel

O.S. Landranger Map reference194-558879
Points of InterestRems' 13c Cistercian cell/graves Milne-Wats'

AbbotsburyThe Hidden Chapel - St. Lukes

Pick a dry day and some good walking shoes to visit this exquisite fragment of a 13c Cistercian cell and you will be handsomely rewarded.  The chapel is only 32 x 18 ft., but beautifully sited in a wood above a small ravine.  The building is roofless and all that remains now is the west wall, three tombs, an altar constructed from the debris and an interesting crucifix, with Christ wearing a crown.  The tombs are of David and Olga Milne-Watson, who built Ashley Chase House, and a friend.

Notes - How to find the chapel

From Abbotsbury take the B3157 westwards for about 1½ miles, which leads up a steep hill.  Towards the top, there is a very minor road (you come upon it rather suddenly) to the right.  Take this for about ½ mile.  You will come to a fork in the road with a grass verge in the middle: leave your car here.  Take the left fork and follow the track for about a mile.  Wonderful scenery.  On the right there is a style leading into the wood, with a path beyond.  This leads directly to the ruin.