Path of the Little People

‘Path of the Little People’ is an expansive interpretive trail that combines themes of nature, history, music and renewable energy which are underpinned by stories of the ‘Little People’.  Imagination is the key, so engage your inner child and get whisked away into our world of nature.

Our designers and creators were children and young people with Additional Support Needs, predominately Autism Spectrum Disorder, who helped construct this unique, rustic, sensory path through the forest. Groups, visitors and schools from across Scotland use this as an educational resource, a place to rest and connect with nature or simply an opportunity to grow and withdraw from the pressures of the world today. 

Children and Young People have experienced the Path of the Little People since 2017
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“I’ve never seen them (the young people) talking and encouraging this much before!”

ASN Teacher

Lanark Grammar School

This enchanting trail can be booked for personal use as a Self-led explorer, as part of an instructor led activity for up to 3.5 hours or block booked at a discount. Please see below for details and pricing.

The trail is designed to engage a variety of groups in our local community

Children and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and ASN

The activities on the trail are designed to help improve awareness, observational skills and help ASD young people have fun, while overcoming challenges with social communication and cognitive learning.

Learn more about Autism

Young People Aged 12-24 years referred to Wiston Lodge

 

These may be individuals looking to gain additional and life experiences supporting them into the world of work or further training. Local young people have built many of the path structures, giving them ownership over the project whilst learning valuable life skills.

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Early Years, Pre-School and Nursery Groups

 

These may be clubs, groups, nurseries or families and friends looking for an alternative, fun, educational day out. A place to allow young people to explore a safe, creative environment while learning to respect nature around them.

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Groups have helped to build a drum circle, percussion play zone, Viking boat, a giant mud kitchen, we have a gold panning zone, a stunning replica scottish Crannog and a beautiful performance stage arriving soon. The path is also dotted with woodland animal characters, climbing and adventure structures and glow-in-the-dark fairy houses! 

Through support from our funders BBC Children in Need, Tesco: Bags of Help and The National Lottery Community Fund: Young Start; we have engaged children with ASN in educational programmes based around our new trail. These programmes are both bespoke to the groups and child-led; allowing children’s imagination to flourish in this unique sensory environment. The programmes we run are based around the Curriculum for Excellence with a focus on nature discovery, history, music and renewable energy.

A good balance between encouraging the young people to take part and push themselves and accepting when they did not want to have a go. The activities were suitable for them and accessible to all. We returned to see the path that we contributed towards last year. They had a stage in the woods so a few of our Angels took the chance to entertain us – FANTASTIC – what else needs said!!

Befriending Coordinator

Covey Befriending

Nature Discovery

 

 

 

 

 

Environmental Quests, animal trails, bug and tree identification, building animal habitats, pond dipping, mud kitchen and forest skills.

Music Magic

 

 

 

 

Rhythmical Sound Sanctuary using the percussion zone and drum circle and Story Telling Journey’s where the forest comes alive with sound.

Travel Through Time

 

 

 

Historical Treasure Quests, gold panning at the Water-Rill, firing the trebuchet and journeying from Stone-Age to Vikings exploring the Crannog and Viking Boat.

Explore Science

 

 

 

 

Discovering the powers of renewable energy through our wind turbine and hydrogen fuel cell as well as panning for gold and local geography.

If you have a group who you think you think would benefit from experiencing the Path, do get in touch with us to find out more. Additional information on accessing the Path can be found in the document below.

They had the freedom to make their own decisions and communicate with peers to help solve problems. I think this freedom allowed the children to operate outside their comfort zone and interact with others in a meaningful way. As a teacher working with autistic children it was fantastic to see the quality and quantity of interactions between children who would normally find this difficult in a classroom or school setting.

ASN Teacher

Hareleeshill Primary School

The Path of the Little People couldn’t have happened without funding from BBC Children in Need and Tesco Bags of Help as well as ongoing funding from The National Lottery Community Fund’s Young Start.