Windings and Wanderings – A Year of Coasts and Waters Case Study

Submitted by: RaeburnFarquharBowen

RaeburnFarquharBowen worked with Inner Forth Futures to protect, enhance and celebrate the unique landscapes and heritage of the Inner Forth by creating new walking and cycling routes around the Inner Forth area.

With support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, IFF wanted to promoting walking and cycling and attract both local and farther flung visitors to explore the Forth. RaeburnFarquharBowen 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.

The routs 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. The Stravaig the Forth is the longest route which can be carried out over a weekend.

RaeburnFarquharBowen created leaflets with route maps, and all the trails are available as GPX files that can be downloaded to smart phone mapping apps and GPS devices from the Inner Forth Futures website. Over the space of a couple of weeks in late summer 2019, our intrepid staff with volunteer family members, physically walked and/or cycled all 227 miles of path, to install around 400 bespoke discs that waymark each route.

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