The Solitary Rambler

RIVERSIDE OF RIBBLESDALE
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Filmed 2nd September 2014
Post-production completed 4th October 2014
Running time 15 minutes
Synopsis
 
At the start of September 2014 I spend a week in the wonderful  Yorkshire Dales . During my first day I arrive in  Settle  and explore the  Ribblesdale  valley to the river's source. As with many places I visit I think back to the time when I made my very first trip to the Dales way back in 1988.....
Locations
 
Filmed in the counties of  North Yorkshire  and  Cumbria  featuring  Ribblesdale . Locations include  Settle Horton-in-Ribblesdale Ribblehead  and  Dentdale . This is the first film in the  Yorkshire Dales .
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Background and production details
 
In a similar vein to “ Wayfarer of Windermere ”, where I always knew I would one day film in the Lake District, I knew I’d make a film in the  Yorkshire Dales  someday. “Windermere” was based very much on my first trip to the Lakes back in 1987, and so my Yorkshire Dales film would similarly be based on my original visit to the Dales in 1988. My original plan, of course, was to make my Yorkshire Dales film a longer film as had always been the norm, but as I was now into making short films I opted to change my ideas.

I had booked five nights’ accommodation in a  B&B  in  Hawes  during the first week of September 2014, which would be a good base to get access to all the places in the Dales I wanted to film. I decided I would go out each day, film in my planned locations and then see how much footage I was left with at the end of the holiday. As it transpired, and after carrying out a lot of editing, I had just over 60 minutes of usable footage, so I chose to divide this into four separate 15-20 minute films. This actually worked out really well as I managed to cover specific regions of the Yorkshire Dales in each of the four films. So the first of the four films would begin in  Settle , which was where I first arrived in the Dales on my 1988 trip.

On the 2nd September I left home about 6.40am as I calculated it would be a 2½ hour drive to Settle and I wanted to stop off for breakfast en route, which I had in a Morrison’s café in Nelson in Lancashire. I also encountered a few delays on the motorways, so by the time I arrived in Settle it was just after 10.00am. Anyway I got cracking with the filming in the town before moving on to follow the valley of the  River Ribble  to its source at  Ribblehead . Most of the day was spent parking up the car and taking a few shots from there as opposed to doing an actual walk, but I got some very good shots in the can nonetheless.

By lunchtime I was filming in  Horton-in-Ribblesdale  then I carried on up to the most impressive location of the day, the  Ribblehead Viaduct . I parked the car on a rough lay-by on the B6255 Ingleton to Hawes road, from where I walked closer to the viaduct taking many different and interesting shots. I walked on up as far as the signal box beside the  Settle to Carlisle Railway  at Blea Moor before returning to the car to drive on to  Dentdale . It was about 4.30pm when I completed filming in this lovely dale, so I chose to call it a day and drive on to Hawes to check into my B&B.

The song I composed in 1988 called “Insecure About You” would be my main theme for all my Yorkshire Dales films. I recorded a new instrumental version for “Riverside of Ribblesdale” as well as a few brand new themes for the Ribblehead, Blea Moor and Dentdale scenes. I also originally composed a tune in 1988 called “Exhilaration”, a new version of which I recorded for the Horton-in-Ribblesdale scenes as well as the last scenes and end credits.
 
 
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