One of the pleasures of life in Maine is that it allows for wonderful walks, even in the dead of winter. And those walks can offer some of the best scenery around.
One of my favorites, in all seasons, is a stroll along Newbury Neck Road in Surry. It’s on the easterly shore of the Blue Hill Peninsula, a short jaunt from Ellsworth — maybe 10 miles. My wife and I often combine the Newbury Neck walk with a climb up Blue Hill.
Carrying Place Beach, named for the narrow point in the peninsula over which boats were once hauled and which is about a mile south of the Cross Road intersection, is the destination. There’s a small gravel parking area on the west side of the road, and stone steps in the granite wall lead to the shore.
On a late spring, summer or fall day, it’s quite nice to sit on the beach and take in the view over Union River Bay, to the Trenton shore and the western side of Mount Desert Island.
Mind the tide, though — there’s not much beach when it’s high.
A leisurely stroll can be had by continuing south along the road. There are clearings through which the mountains of MDI can be seen, and there are some lovely summer cottages on the edge of the shore and pretty old farmhouses to survey.
A small lobster-landing business, about a half-mile from the beach, sells lobster rolls in the summer.
Newbury Neck is one of those quiet, beautiful places close to Route 1, but so far away from its frenzy.