Newton Hill Croft
Nature awaits at Newton Hill Croft
Newton Hill Croft is a quiet and welcoming new woodland not far from the bustling town of Wick. It's a safe outdoor place to burn off energy whatever your age – try fishing for wee beasties in the dipping pond, jogging along to birdsong, or just enjoying the panoramic views across Caithness.
Our map guide to the forests of the Far North will help you explore Newton Hill Croft and other forest trails in Sutherland.
There are public toilets and a range of places to eat in Wick, just 1 ¾ miles (2.8 km) away.
A gentle wander around an area of newly-planted mixed woodland with extensive views across the rolling Caithness farmland.
Firm gravel path throughout, with loose surface stones. Largely flat with some gentle slopes. Some areas may be wet after rain. Three wide gates.
1 ¼ miles / 2.1 km Allow ¾ hour
This pleasant trail loops around the whole forest and is a wonderful introduction to the broad range of trees in Newton Hill Croft. We've planted oak, ash, hazel, hawthorn and Scots pine here, all native species which will do well in the Caithness climate. A short detour from the trail takes you to a dipping platform and the mysterious goings-on of ponds.
Mountain biking trails
Explore on four legs
Horseriders are welcome to use the trails here. You'll find space for two horseboxes in the car park.
This new woodland was planted in 2010 and its paths, dipping pond and growing trees are maintained with the energetic assistance of the community. It's a busy and active place where there's always something going on - take part in a forest work day with the Friends of Newton Hill Community Woodland or enjoy one of the many events run by the Highland Council Countryside Rangers.
The Friends of Newton Hill Community Woodland are now working to bring the old croft buildings back into use.
Newton Hill Croft is part of the Forestry Commission's Woods In and Around Towns, an initiative to give townspeople greater access to forest facilities. The trails were funded by E-on Climate and Renewables.
How to get here
From the centre of Wick take the A882 towards Thurso, then turn left into Newton Road (one way only). Follow this minor road for about 1 ½ miles (2.4 km), turning right alongside mature conifers to stay on the road. At the next junction turn left towards Tannich and you'll see Newton Hill Croft car park on your right. The car park is at grid reference ND 341 496.
KW1 5SA is the nearest postcode, about ½ mile (800 metres) from the car park, on Newton Road.
The nearest railway station and bus stops are in Wick, about 1 ¾ miles (2.8 km) from the forest. See Traveline Scotland for information on getting to Wick.
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