Nash Point, Marcross and St Donats, 6th August

Lead: Helen and Andrew

It was a rather warm, cloudy and humid morning as an enthusiastic group of 10 set off from Wick Village Hall and drove to Nash Point for the start of the walk.   The little café was not open when we got to Nash Point, but it hadn’t been when we did our recce walk so we were expecting it to be open on our return so we could pay for our parking and get refreshments.   There was some amusement in the group that Bob was continuing to walk in his comfy old trainers despite the rather large hole in them. You will need to replace those before the return of the muddy and wet walks Bob!

We walked short way up the road back towards Marcross, avoiding the herd of cows that was ambling down the lane having been milked.   We turned right just after the church onto the footpath through the fields towards St Donat’s.  It was a nice easy amble for the start of the walk with not too many stiles to challenge us, and a particularly interesting section through a field of maize. Amazingly, quite a number of the group had not walked this part of the route before.  At Parc Farm in St Donat’s we walked down through the woods to St Donat’s Church and made a brief stop here to look inside the very pretty and interesting little church.

Liz chose to examine a grave in some detail while the group had a rest.

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From here we crossed the grounds of Atlantic College and after a short section of walking along the road we turned into King George V fields and onwards to the coast path. We took a photo break and a coffee as we went across the sea edge of Atlantic College.

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Finally, a walk up the wooded hill and along the coast path passing the lighthouse. We were all looking forwards to a well-earned ice cream at the café at Nash Point but to our dismay, the café was shut – so sorry about the ice-cream disappointment but we saved some calories and the cost of car parking.  We enjoyed the walk which we measured at 4.3 miles and hope everyone else did too.