Access: See Introduction

Level: Easy

Distance: 4 km

Time: 1½ hr

Elevation Change: 50 m

Topographical Map: 92 G/6

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Season: Year Round

Aim for the Snug Cove Picnic Area at the head of the bay upon reaching shore. Access is just up Government Road on the left, behind a number of small shops.

Ferry rounding Dorman Point as it enters Snug Cove out of a fog bank      

Dorman Point Trail continues past the picnic tables leading steeply up to a rocky bluff just 2 km away. Whytecliffe Park directly across on the mainland and the University Endowment Lands in the distance should be visible when weather conditions allow. Return the same way you came or take Robinson Road and Dorman Road to add some variation to the walk.

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Stinging Nettle

Stinging Needles

Roll in a patch of stinging nettle and you’ll think it’s a spelling mistake. Nettle’s stinging needles, as whispy as whiskers, are hollow and filled with formic acid which can cause burning, even blistering. Though aboriginal medicinal uses were various the principle technological use was as a source of hemp-like fiber for making thread and string. Stalks were picked late in the year when prickles had largely dropped off. Fibers were separated by rubbing or beating and then spun into thin threads. Those in turn could be braided to form thicker, stronger twine for weaving fine cloth, making fish nets and fishing line and, rarely, string bikinis.

Illustration by Manami Kimura