Anyone looking for some inspiration to help them get more active this autumn might be interested in the new, free walking and cycling challenges that we are running this October.
The Inner Forth Futures Wanderings and Windings Autumn Challenge is open to anyone who’d like to explore this fascinating part of the country on foot or by bike. IFF worked with local communities to create nine new trails around the Inner Forth area in 2019, called Wanderings & Windings, and the challenges are encouraging people to use them for their walks, scoots, wheels and cycles. Participants who complete their challenges will receive a free bespoke medal and certificate to celebrate their achievement.
The Inner Forth is a beautiful part of the world all year round, but in autumn it’s even more special as the woodlands turn golden, the skies fill again with the wild geese returning, and our coastal saltmarshes and mudflats are home once more to the many thousands of waders and wildfowl that spend their winters with us. The challenges are part of the Scotland-wide celebrations for the Year of Coasts and Waters, highlighting the fantastic seas, rivers and lochs that are a big part of what makes this country so special.
There are five distances to choose from in both challenges. Choose the distance you’d like to take on – whether you’re looking for a couple of family strolls, a few afternoon bike rides, a good leg-stretcher every weekend, or a mega challenge to do all the routes over the month! You can start any time from 1 October, and you need to finish by 31 October. The deadline for new entries is 21 October. Young people under the age of 18 are also welcome to join the challenge, but an adult over the age of 18 must register on their behalf, and be responsible for them during the Challenge.
Once participants have completed their challenge mileage they will need to submit some form of evidence to receive their medal and certificate. It can be a screenshot of any tracking app they use on their phone or other device, photos of views they’ve taken on the routes, or even simply a log of the distance they’ve covered. There’s a downloadable sheet to use. Share your photos and stories throughout the month on social media tagging us with #WAndWAutumnChallenge
To find out more and sign up for the challenge, visit the website at https://www.innerforthlandscape.co.uk/wanderings-windings-october-challenge