Pittencrieff Park will play host to a Celebration Day to launch nine new heritage trails around the Inner Forth on Saturday 19 October.

The event is one of eight planned during October at locations all around the Inner Forth.

Activities range from art walks to birding cycles, and from short strolls by the Forth to 26-mile challenge cycles.

The free, drop-in, family-friendly event will include storytelling, face painting, a traditional building doctor from the National Lime Centre, guided walks around the Glen, rides in Cycling Without Age’s trishaw, and art activities, as well as a chance to find out more about local walking, cycling and community groups.

Trail guides for all the routes, plus a ‘bonus’ round the Forth ninth route, incorporating elements from all the trails, are available to download from the www.innerforthlandscape.co.uk website, along with GPX files to help people navigate the routes from their smart phone or GPS devices. Two of the routes can be started from Dunfermline – the 35-mile FifeThirtyFive, and the 11-mile Abbey to Sea trails.

The Wanderings and Windings project, led by Inner Forth Futures, has been funded through a £47,000 award from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, with an overall value of £67,000.

The routes 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. They include nature hotspots, historic buildings, riverside views, cultural landmarks or simply places to escape from the bustle of urban life.

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 conjuction with film makers D Fie Foe. You can also watch it via the Wanderings & Windings page of the Inner Forth Futures website.

If people can’t come along to the events but 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, info@innerforthlandscape.co.uk

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