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Broadhaven bench completed in latest Wick Paths Group project


By Alan Hendry

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Willie Watt of Wick Paths Group and his two helpers – grandsons Ryan Little (7) and his brother Jack (4) – on the new Broadhaven bench.
Willie Watt of Wick Paths Group and his two helpers – grandsons Ryan Little (7) and his brother Jack (4) – on the new Broadhaven bench.

A new bench has been installed on the coast between Wick and Papigoe, allowing walkers to stop and enjoy the view out to sea.

It was put in place by volunteer Willie Watt in the latest project carried out by Wick Paths Group.

The bench was bought by the Friends of the John O'Groats Trail. The ground preparation, including the concrete plinth, was undertaken by the paths group on a site overlooking Broadhaven, by permission of Richard Dunbar.

In a written report for the October meeting of the Royal Burgh of Wick Community Council, paths group secretary John Bogle gave an update on the latest monthly work night when 18 volunteers carried out tasks ranging from a riverside litter pick to digging out and filling a short section of path linking Market Street to High Street. The old lifeboat slip beside Wick Medical Centre was cleared of rubbish and the weeds were reduced.

Mr Bogle added: "It is now dark early in the evening so future work events will be held at weekends. The next one will be at the end of October when encroaching trees and bushes will be cut back from paths at the riverside. We will also be joining with the Wick Riverside Volunteers for a litter pick. Members of the public are invited to join in."

Future plans by the group include improving the path through the South Head quarries.


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