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Wanderings & Windings Community Heritage Trails

LocationInner Forth Landscapes

ClientInner Forth Landscape Initiative

StatusComplete

The Inner Forth Landscape Partnership are working to protect, enhance and celebrate the unique landscapes and heritage of the Inner Forth.

With support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the client wanted to promoting walking and cycling and attract both local and farther flung visitors to explore the area. We carried out 12 co-creation sessions to develop 9 day-long heritage trails with local residents, around Falkirk, Bo’ness, Linlithgow, Alloa and the Stirling area.

They make use of existing paths and tracks and encourage local people and visitors, to explore the landscape and discover the many hidden gems to be found around the Inner Forth by bike and on foot. These include nature hotspots, historic buildings, riverside views, cultural landmarks and simply places to escape from the bustle of urban life.

Each route follows a theme such as Birding by Bike, FifeThirtyFive, Abbey to Sea, Roman Falkirk and the Carron.

We created leaflets with route maps, and all the trails are gpx files that can be downloaded to smart phone mapping apps and devices. Over the space of a couple of weeks, intrepid staff with volunteer family members, physically walked and/or cycled all 227 miles, to install around 400 bespoke discs that waymark each route.

Over 200 members have joined a facebook group, set up to enable as many people as possible to contribute to the project and is a forum for ideas, discussion and promotion of the routes.

Planning for waymarking of the routes, using nailed and adhesive roundels.

Exploring the backlanes of Fife and Clackmannan

Launching Route 3 as a community walk around Gartmore Dam

Route 3 running along the Ochils Fault

Waymarking the route, a family affair!

The Wanderings and Windings form part of the ambitious Inner Forth Landscape project.

The First Forth Bridges route around Stirling can be walked or cycled

The Fife ThirtyFive has challenging off-road sections