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Paths to success at Newtonhill Woodland Walk


By David G Scott

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With the popularity of the Newtonhill Woodland Walk near Wick rising due to lockdown restrictions some work was carried out to improve path and access road surfaces at the site.

Willie Bruce, secretary of Friends of Newtonhill Woodland (FNW), commented on the work carried out and a special socially-distanced Easter Egg fun event for children that took place.

"Friends of Newtonhill Woodland have, like most folk, had a stop-start year, " he said.

Road going to the car park showing potholes filled. Picture: DGS
Road going to the car park showing potholes filled. Picture: DGS

"We were only recently able to restart our Tuesday green gym exercise group, Covid precautions in place, and spent some time filling in the many potholes on the access road."

The group then went on to start improving the west path, raising the level and re-surfacing the first 30 metres.

"Now that the potholes have been infilled we would ask drivers to observe the signposted 10 mph speed limit to prevent the holes opening up again, as well as ensuring the safety of children, dogs and adult site users."

This year it was not possible to hold the customary Easter egg hunt due to restrictions. However, a picture trail was laid out where children tried to spot 21 different eggs, without having to touch anything.

Mr Bruce said it had proved an "interesting diversion" for the many families now using the site.

Details are on the FNW Facebook page.

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