The Solitary Rambler

HOMESTEADS OF HOLMFIRTH
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Filmed 27th March 2015
Post-production completed 13th April 2015
Running time 19 minutes
Synopsis
 
I visit the lovely  Holmfirth  in  West Yorkshire , where " Last of the Summer Wine " was filmed. After exploring the town I walk a five mile circuit taking in some of the splendid surrounding countryside.....
Locations
 
Filmed in the county of  West Yorkshire  including a small part of Derbyshire  and the  Peak District . Locations include  Holmfirth Upperthong Holmbridge  and  Holme Moss . This is the first film in the South Pennines .
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Background and production details
 
Last of the Summer Wine ” country had been in my mind for a long time as a definite location for a “Solitary Rambler” film. I was particularly looking forward to making this film as, although a very small part would still be shot in the  Peak District , the majority would take place in  Holmfirth  and the  Pennine  countryside of  West Yorkshire , somewhere I had not filmed before.

On Friday 27th March 2015 I made my way up to the A6024 that climbs over  Holme Moss  out of  Derbyshire  and into West Yorkshire, where I took my first shots of the day just before 9am. I wanted to get a few scenes of the approach to Holmfirth before filming in the town itself, and Holme Moss was certainly a wonderfully dramatic location to start my film. This was to be the only shoot within the Peak District for this film, so after completing these few shots I drove down into Holmfirth to commence the main part of the day’s shoot.

I parked my car in the Co-op supermarket car park and walked around the town shooting many scenes of the surrounding hills, streets and buildings, which included the famous  Sid’s Café  and  Nora Batty’s house  from “Last of the Summer Wine”. After a great deal of filming in the town itself I decided to move off to film myself walking a circular route I had done some years earlier. My walk took me steeply up through Victoria Park to eventually reach Hill Lane at the very top. Here I followed a delightful green lane into open countryside, from which I had great views over Holmfirth and the surrounding hills.

At the end of this lane I was in the village of  Upperthong . Taking a couple of shots here I moved off towards more open countryside with fantastic views over the  Holme Valley  and Holme Moss beyond. Following another green lane just off Broad Lane in Upperthong I soon crossed the  A635 Greenfield Road  to drop down to Uphill Bank Road opposite where I shot a few scenes through Brook Wood and on to Booth House. Climbing up to this hamlet and through to the other side it became very windy as I crossed several fields that offered more great views and superb shots with my camcorder.

The path across these fields led me to Cold Well Lane just north of  Holmbridge . Taking shots here I then took another path off this lane, crossing more fields, shooting more scenes here before descending into Holmbridge. I took one or two shots of the church in this village before following the A6024 in the direction of Holmfirth. Turning off Water Street I passed an old disused mill as I followed the course of the  River Holme . Crossing an old footbridge I took a path that climbed away from the river until I eventually reached Brow Lane, which soon became Cemetery Lane. Taking the last few shots along this lane I soon descended back into Holmfirth, where I finished my day’s filming before enjoying a nice well earned cup of tea in Sid’s Café.

When I started work on the post-production of “Homesteads of Holmfirth” I had to include the “Last of the Summer Wine” theme, so I recorded my own brief renditions of the tune in order to establish the location. However, I very soon veered away from this theme with my own compositions for the rest of the film, but I tried to make my soundtrack very much in the flavour of the music from the famous TV sitcom as well as mixing in my own style. This was done by replicating as much as possible the sound of the instruments from the TV soundtrack on my keyboard. For example, I used a harmonica voice for the solos and the steel guitar and strings for the accompaniment with a piccolo added in a few places. The theme for the opening shots of Holme Moss was very different as I wanted a more haunting soundtrack, so I used my keyboard’s “spectral” voice for this sequence.
 
 
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