The Solitary Rambler

WATERFALLS OF WENSLEYDALE
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Filmed 3rd and 4th September 2014
Post-production completed 9th October 2014
Running time 20 minutes
Synopsis
 
During my holiday in the  Yorkshire Dales  in September 2014 I explore the famous  Wensleydale . I take a walk around  Hawes , the town in which I am staying for the week, and then tour more of Wensleydale with its sweeping countryside, spectacular waterfalls and a village with a tie to a certain TV series shown back in the 1970s and 1980s.....
Locations
 
Filmed in the  Yorkshire Dales  in the county of  North Yorkshire  featuring  Wensleydale . Locations include  Gayle Hawes Hardraw Force Bainbridge Askrigg  and  Aysgarth Falls .
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Background and production details
 
My first day in the  Yorkshire Dales  had turned out to be a very long day. I had left home very early that morning, and by the time I had made the journey to the Dales, visited all the desired places, and completed filming it was after 5.00pm when I checked in at my accommodation in  Hawes . Therefore, I decided to spend my second day more leisurely.

On the morning of Wednesday 3rd September I decided to leave the car where it was parked in Hawes, and just do some local exploring, taking my camcorder with me. I started by walking up to  Gayle  on the outskirts of Hawes, where I filmed several shots of the waterfalls and the village itself. I then walked back down into Hawes to film many scenes in and around the town.

I decided to check out nearby  Hardraw Force , somewhere I hadn’t actually previously visited in the Dales. I walked across the fields from Hawes to  Hardraw village  and the  Green Dragon Inn . You have to enter this pub and pay a £2.50 fee to gain access to Hardraw Force as the land is owned by the pub landlord. Anyway I took some good shots of the waterfall before I finished my day’s filming and enjoyed a pint in the bar of the Green Dragon.

On Thursday 4th September I chose to film more of  Wensleydale , so I began the day in the village of  Bainbridge . I shot various scenes here, in particular the  Rose and Crown Hotel  as I had stayed there for two nights during my original Dales trip in 1988. I continued on to film in the nearby village of  Askrigg , the location used as the fictional “ Darrowby ” in the TV series “ All Creatures Great and Small ”. I filmed many scenes here and especially the exterior of Skeldale House, which was the veterinary surgery “All Creatures”. In that TV series the local pub, the  Kings Arms  was also used as the fictional “Drovers Arms”, so I took various shots outside here too. I was informed that this pub was a great place to eat, so I ended up dining there twice during my stay in the Dales.

Filming a few shots of the surrounding Wensleydale countryside my next main stop was  Carperby , the village with the  Wheatsheaf pub  where the real  James Herriot  and his wife spent their honeymoon. Taking just a few scenes here I moved across the fields to soon arrive at the spectacular series of waterfalls,  Aysgarth Falls . I filmed so many scenes here as there are three different sections to the falls, so I wanted to make sure I covered as much of the location as I possibly could.

When I later reviewed the footage taken over these two days I felt there was sufficient to edit it all together to make one complete film, which would run to approximately 20 minutes. This worked out well as I ended up with one film to represent Wensleydale, which I would name “Waterfalls of Wensleydale”.

For the music I recorded many new instrumental sections of my song “Insecure About You”, as I had done to a lesser degree in “ Riverside of Ribblesdale ”. For the scene where I enter Askrigg I performed a short section of the theme from "All Creatures Great and Small".
 
 
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