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Newton Hill Croft

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Newton Hill Croft Forest Notices

COVID-19 has changed lots of things we do. And as we re-open the majority of our facilities and welcome more of you back in Phase 3, we need your help to do it safely. Please check what’s open before you travel; enjoy your visit safely by following NHS and Scottish Government guidance; take your litter home with you; and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

At this location:

  • The car park is open and normal charges (if any) now apply.

Please bear with us and check back regularly for updates. You can also find more information by visiting our COVID-19 page and our FAQs.

Community woodland and nature spot on the edge of Wick

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.

Guide map to forests of the Far North (PDF 6MB)

Walking trails


Croft Trail

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

¾ hour

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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.


Explore on four legs

Horseriders are welcome to use the trails here. You'll find space for two horseboxes in the car park.

Facilities & access


There are public toilets and a range of places to eat in Wick, just 1 ¾ miles (2.8 km) away.

Getting 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.

Public transport

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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