Eight new day-long trails launched to explore the Inner Forth

Eight new day-long walks and cycles exploring the unique landscape and heritage of the Inner Forth, plus a mega Round the Forth route, have just been launched by Inner Forth Futures, a partnership of local authorities and national organisations.

Image: Doug Shapley Photography/IFF

The trails, called the Inner Forth Wanderings and Windings, range from 11-mile rambles to a challenging 35-mile long cycle. They 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. The routes include nature hotspots, historic buildings, riverside views, cultural landmarks and simply places to escape from the bustle of urban life.

Trail guides for all the routes, plus the round the Forth ninth route, incorporating elements from all the trails, are available to download free from https://www.innerforthlandscape.co.uk/about/wanderings-windings, along with GPX files to help people navigate the routes from their smart phone or GPS devices.

The Wanderings and Windings project, led by Inner Forth Futures, a partnership of Fife, Falkirk, Stirling and Clackmannanshire Councils, plus Scottish Natural Heritage, Historic Environment Scotland, Sustrans and Central Scotland Green Network Trust, has been funded through a £47,000 award from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, with an overall value of £67,000.

Inner Forth Futures appointed Ian White Associates Landscape Architects to develop and deliver the trails. They ran 12 co-design workshops to work with local communities to design the routes and identify the key points of interest along the way.

A celebratory video has also been released, created by pupils from Falkirk High School, in conjunction with film makers D Fie Foe. You can watch it via the Wanderings & Windings page of the Inner Forth Futures website.

If people would still like to get more involved, IFF have a Facebook Group called Inner Forth Wanderings and Windings, which they can request to join.

For more information please contact the Inner Forth Futures team, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,  telephone 01324 831 568.

Launching Wanderings & Windings

You may have spotted on our social media channels that we have just announced a series of eight free events to launch the new 'Wanderings & Windings' trails. The trailguides are nearly ready to go live and the team will be out putting up markers over the next few weeks.

In the meantime, why don't you browse the events calendar to find the walk, cycle or workshop for you or join us on Saturday 19th October 11am - 3pm at Pittencrieff Park, Dunfermline for a day of drop-in activities and information about the 'Wanderings & Windings' project and the new trails.

We look forward to seeing you there!


All the events are free due to the way the project if funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund.
 

Wanderings and Windings Route Updates

As you may know, Ian White Associates Landscape Architects, have been busy compiling and testing routes and listening to your feedback on the Wanderings and Windings draft routes for the heritage walking and cycling trails over the last month

 

We were lucky enough to have a sneak peek of the draft trail guides yesterday afternoon, as well as updated draft routes. You can read more about the Wanderings and Windings project here and view the draft routes here.

 

Once the trails have been developed we will be featuring them here on our website, with information and maps telling you about each one. During October 2019 there will be a mini festival of events for help launch the Wanderings and Windings and encourage as many people as possible to enjoy a micro-adventure here in the Inner Forth. We hope you can join us!


 

 

IFLI shortlisted for top national award

The Inner Forth Landscape Initiative (IFLI) has been shortlisted for a national planning award.
It has been chosen from more than 50 entries in the
Scottish Awards for Quality Planning 2019, which are considered some of the Scottish Government’s most prestigious awards.

 

The Inner Forth Landscape Initiative was a £4m partnership programme that ran between 2014 and 2018. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, it delivered over 50 projects to conserve, enhance and celebrate the natural, built and cultural heritage of the unique landscape at the upper reaches of the Firth of Forth. As a legacy of the partnership, Inner Forth Futures (IFF) is now continuing to work towards its aims.

 

There are a number of awards up for grabs, including ones for partnership working, plans, process, people and place. IFLI was nominated in the partnership category. Four criteria were used to select the shortlist by an independent judging panel. They looked at innovation in the project; the impact that the project has had; the transferability of the project and lessons learned from it. A final decision will be made by Scottish Ministers.

 

In addition to the five awards decided by Ministers, there is an opportunity for you to vote for the People’s Choice category later this year, which includes all of the final 35 shortlisted projects, with a closing date of 30 September 2019.

 

Second round of IFF Wanderings and Windings co-creation sessions announced

The second round of Inner Forth Wanderings and Windings co-creation sessions will be coming up at the end of June!The first round of co-design workshops were held at eight locations around the Inner Forth, in the last two weeks in May, led by our consultants, Ian White Associates Landscape Architects. A big thank you to those of you who contributed to the first round of our Wanderings and Windings co-design sessions, either by coming to the sessions themselves, or through our Facebook group. We collected a huge amount of really useful information, and we are incredibly grateful to you all for giving up your time to contribute.

We would now like to bring these routes back to the local communities and interest groups to comment on and ‘sense-check’ once they have been drafted. This second round of sessions will be held at four locations around the Inner Forth, and we would be delighted if you or your friends or family would like to come along to one or more of the sessions. The dates and venues for the sessions are:

Monday 24 June, 1.30-3.30pm, Albert Halls, Lesser Hall, Dumbarton Rd, Stirling FK8 2QL.

Monday 24 June, 6.30-8.30pm, Limekilns Church (Gellet Community Hall) Church Street, Limekilns, KY11 3HT

Tuesday 25 June, 2.30-4.30pm, Bo’ness Library, Scotland's Close, Scotlands Cl, Bo'ness EH51 0AH

Tuesday 25 June, 7.15-9.15pm, Clackmannan Town Hall, Main Street, Clackmannan, FK10 4JA

These are all drop-in sessions, where you will have the opportunity to see the draft routes and route descriptions that have been developed based on the information gathered at the first sessions, and add your comments. You don't have to have come to the first sessions in order to contribute. 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.

If you aren’t able to come along but would still like to comment, we will be posting the routes on our Wanderings and Windings Facebook Group, and on the Wanderings and Windings page of this website, nearer the time, so that there is still a way in which you can get involved and share your ideas and comments. If you have a Facebook account, and want to join you can find it at https://www.facebook.com/groups/WanderingsandWindings/.

The sessions are part of the Wanderings and Windings project for which Inner Forth Futures received a National Lottery grant of £47,000 early this year. 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.

 

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