Inner Forth Wanderings and Windings Project

Last week I was fortunate enough to be invited by Inner Forth Futures to join them for a preview of their new Wanderings and Windings walking and cycling routes.

After a lovely sunny walk around Gartmorn Dam accompannied by a Clackmannanshire Council ranger we retreated to the cafe/visitor centre for coffee and scones and a look at the route plans.

Gartmorn Dam and the Ochils
Gartmorn Dam and the Ochils – a section from Route 3

Wanderings and Windings is a project financed primarily by a National Heritage Lottery Fund grant to create 8 walking and cycling routes around the Inner Forth area. With input from community groups and the public the draft plans for these routes are now in place. It’s not too late to get involved and help finalise these routes by joining the Wanderings and Windings Facebook Group.

Although making use of existing paths and tracks, the new routes will all be waymarked and be accompanied by an information leaflet. Check out the draft proposals on the Inner Forth website. Please remember though that routes are still subject to change!

The routes are scheduled for launch in October 2019. Watch this space for further updates.

Fife Pilgrim Way

Published today, a write up of the newly opened Fife Pilgrim Way.

My description tackles the 64 mile route in 7 bite-sized chunks (between 8 and 11 miles). Start and finish points are linked by a single bus service making it easy to return to your start point if doing a one-way walk.

  • Culross to Dunfermline
  • North Queensferry to Dunfermline
  • Dunfermline to Crosshill
  • Crosshill to Glenrothes
  • Glenrothes to Kennoway
  • Kennoway to Ceres
  • Ceres to St Andrews

See https://fifewalking.com/fife-walks/fife-pilgrim-way/ for the complete route.

Here is a selection of photographs from along the route.

Wanderings and Windings

Want to be involved with creating walking and cycling routes around the Inner Forth area?

Inner Forth Wanderings and Windings is a year-long Heritage Lottery Fund-funded project, led by Inner Forth Futures.

The project aims to work with local communities around the Inner Forth to co-create eight day-long walking / cycling trails in the area. The routes 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.

Over the next few months the project will be holding a series of workshops with local community groups and organisations around the Inner Forth to help develop the routes. To start the process, they have set up a Wanderings and Windings Facebook group, and are inviting people to join. The group has been set up to enable as many people as possible to contribute to the project, and will be a forum for ideas, discussions, planning and promoting the routes as we progress. As a member of the Facebook Group, people will receive updates on workshop planning, locations and dates, and any other news about the progress of the project. Most importantly, they will be able to contribute to discussions, talk directly to other group members, and share their own ideas and aspirations for routes around the parts of the Inner Forth that they care most about.

To get involved, join the closed Facebook group or contact Inner Forth Futures.

“New” Burntisland path

A big shout out to members of Kirkcaldy Ramblers, Cardenden Walking Club and Fife Walking Club for clearing the gorse bushes on a previously unusable path. This link path between the top end of Burntisland and Standing Stane Road has been unusable for a number of years due to the overgrown gorse bushes. Volunteers from the above clubs have now cleared the gorse and opened up the path.

The path provides a means of walking from the existing Burntisland path network to the western end of Standing Stane Road away from the busy A909. As such it will open up many circular routes over and round the Binn as well as linking Burntisland to the Aberdour “Kemal’s Cut” path.

Help the volunteers keep the path open in the future by walking it!

Want to try out the path as part of a guided walk? The Craigencalt Trust Walking Festival will be hosting a walk using this path on Friday 5th April.

Corbetts for Courses

Registered charity Mountain Aid (SC040294) invite all hill walkers to join them for their May 2019 fundraising initiative Corbetts for Courses.

For a day Mountain Aid want to encourage hillgoers to become Corbett Connoisseurs and raise valuable funds to ensure Mountain Aid can continue to offer free skills training and safety lectures.

Both this winter and last winter Mountain Aid brought their FREE winter safety talks to Fife (Cupar in 2017 and Dunfermline in 2018).

To get involved:

  • Join the Mountain Aid Corbetts4Courses Facebook group (or contact them by email)
  • Choose a Corbett (there’s 222 of them)
  • Post your chosen Corbett to the Facebook group (or email Mountain Aid)
  • Climb your Corbett during May and share your summit photo to the group (or email it to Mountain Aid who will post it for you)
  • Make a donation to Mountain Aid (£10 is suggested but please give what you can).
  • With your help they hope to put someone on the summit of every Corbett during the month of May.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Corbetts4Courses/  

Email: corbetts4courses@gmail.com

Web: https://www.mountainaid.org.uk/corbetts-for-courses.html

Mountain Aid is a volunteer-run Scottish Charity (SC040294) with the objective of promoting mountain safety.

Mountain Aid activities include:

  • An annual programme of free “experiential” navigation, winter skills and outdoor first aid training courses.
  • A series of free winter mountain safety lectures at venues across the country.
  • Organising Skills for the Hills and Scottish Mountain Safety Days. These exhibition style events offer hill-goers a chance to meet and talk to agencies involved in the great outdoors in Scotland.

About the Corbetts

​Compared with the more popular Munros, the Corbetts are spread out further across Scotland, stretching down into the Borders and featuring on many more of our islands. There are 222 of these distinctive mountains, whose height ranges between 2500 and 3000 feet, with descent of at least 500 feet from adjacent hills.