Wanderings and Windings

Inner Forth Futures has received a National Lottery grant of £47,000 for an exciting heritage project, called Wanderings and Windings. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project will enable the creation of eight heritage trails around Stirling, Falkirk, Fife and Clackmannanshire, encouraging people to explore the wildlife and history of this unique landscape at the heart of Scotland.

The project, with a total value of £67,000, aims to work closely with local communities around the Inner Forth to develop a suite of eight, day-long, waymarked and promoted walks and cycles. They will use existing paths and tracks to encourage local people and visitors to the area to explore the landscape and discover some of the many hidden gems to be found around the Inner Forth. These might include nature hotspots, historic buildings, riverside views, cultural landmarks or simply places to escape from the bustle of urban life.

We have commissioned two pieces of work to help us deliver this exciting new project:

A commission for the development of eight ‘Wanderings and Windings’ (trails) of the Inner Forth. These will be micro-adventures designed to take up to a day to complete. The successful contractor will support the Inner Forth Futures team to develop and deliver the ‘Wanderings and Windings’. Initially this will be through co-design volunteering sessions that will ensure that routes are developed with and for local communities. Each trail will guide people around the landscape using and linking pre-existing routes, networks and transport options with stops at interpreted heritage features. Each trail will ‘join the dots’ between heritage features and be waymarked on the ground by simple bespoke roundels. Bespoke printed and digital trail guides will enable users to explore the routes and learn about, experience and interpret the heritage of the Inner Forth.

We have now appointed Ian White Associates to help us to develop and deliver the ‘Wanderings and Windings’. They will be running the co-design workshops that are at the heart of the planning process for the trail.

The co-design workshops will be held at eight locations around the Inner Forth, and we would be delighted if readers, their families, friends, work colleagues or anyone else interested in helping us develop these trails would come along to one or more of the sessions. The dates and venues for the co-design workshops are:

Monday 20 May, 6.30-8.30pm, Room 4,  Raploch Community Campus, Drip Road, Stirling FK8 1RD

Tuesday 21 May, 10am-12pm,  Bowhouse Community Centre, Bowhouse Road, Grangemouth, FK3 OEU

Tuesday 21 May, 5.30-7.30pm, Limekilns Church (Gellet Community Hall) Church Street, Limekilns, KY11 3HT

Wednesday 22 May, 2-4pm, Clackmannan Town Hall, Main Street, Clackmannan, FK10 4JA

Thursday 23 May, 6.30-8.30pm, Abercorn Church, South Queensferry, South Queensferry, EH30 9SL

Tuesday 28 May, 1.45-3.45pm, Blairhall Community Centre, 10-12 Wilson Street, Blairhall, KY12 9PS

Wednesday 29 May, 10am-12pm, Bo'ness Town Hall, Glebe Park, Stewart Avenue, Bo'ness, EH51 9NJ

Thursday 30 May, 6.30-8.30pm, Alpha Centre, Lamont Crescent, Fallin, FK7 7EJ

These are all drop-in sessions, with the emphasis on gathering your ideas and suggestions of favourite routes, destinations and highlights of the landscape. If you'd like any further info do feel free to email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or give us a call on 01324 831568.

A commission to deliver a collaborative arts project aimed at High School pupils within the Inner Forth landscape area. This bespoke collaboration will engage participants in heritage (natural, built and/or cultural) and allow them to share their interpretation through creative methods. We anticipate that the collaboration will focus on links between two or more heritage features, sites and/or stories from the Inner Forth as highlighted through the National Lottery Heritage Fund funded Inner Forth Wanderings and Windings heritage trails (details to be provided, trails in development February to July 2019). Depending on the selected artist/collective, the output might be drama, photography, light, film, word or other media focused and is likely to result in a temporary installation and/or performance that participants and wider communities, visitors and residents can enjoy (open to public view) from October 2019.

We have appointed film makers D Fie Foe to take forward this project. We are at a very early stage of planning, but will be able to tell you more as the project gains momentum over the coming months.

Once the trails have been developed we will be featuring them here on our website, with information and maps telling you about each one.

In the meantime if you would like to get involved in helping us develop the trails we have set up a Facebook Group called Inner Forth Wanderings and Windings, which you can request to join. You don't have to be part of an organisation or local group to join. We are keen to hear everyone's ideas, and give people a chance to discuss and share them. You will also be able to find out when and where the planning workshops will be held, and any other news about the progress of the project.

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