The Solitary Rambler

MOORS OF MARSDEN
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Filmed 18th April 2015
Post-production completed 3rd May 2015
Running time 20 minutes
Synopsis
 
Marsden  lies at the point where the  Peak District  merges into the  Pennines . My walk around here and its surrounding moors includes a visit to the longest canal tunnel in the country.....
Locations
 
Filmed in the South Pennines in the county of  West Yorkshire  including a small part of the  Peak District . Locations include  Marsden Butterley Reservoir  and the  Standedge Tunnels .
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Background and production details
 
Long before I planned to film “ Homesteads of Holmfirth ” I knew in my mind I wanted to make further films of “The Solitary Rambler” in  West Yorkshire , so another place I was keen to do was  Marsden . I had only ever been there myself a couple of times before, but I thought it would be an interesting place to shoot particularly as it was near the UK’s longest canal tunnel.

I knew it was about a 100 minute drive from  Matlock  to Marsden, so I left my home at 7.00am on Saturday 18th April 2015 to start my journey. That would allow time for me to stop for breakfast on the way, and en route I found a Morrison’s supermarket with a café in  Meltham  near Marsden, where I could have my morning feast. I had a Morrison’s “Big Breakfast”, so that set me up for the day to could commence work on my day of filming!

Arriving in Marsden just before 9.00am I parked on Station Road opposite the Railway pub and the railway station. My first shots of the day were in the town itself, so most of my shooting took place around Peel Street, the main street through the town centre. I took a few shots of the Church of St Bartholomew’s and nearby Mellor Bridge before continuing more filming in the southern area of the town.

Heading out into the open countryside I followed a path leading off near the junction of Peel Street and Carrs Road. I filmed some lovely shots of the surrounding hills and moors as well as great panoramic views over Marsden itself. I also filmed the views of  Bank Bottom Mill , which lies in the valley to the west of where I was walking. I walked down to  Butterley Reservoir , which is at one of the most northerly points in the Peak National Park. This reservoir would be the only location within the  Peak District  I would be visiting today during my walk.

I crossed the reservoir dam to soon join Mount Road in Netherley before climbing on up to Old Mount Road. I took a path from here which would lead me to Clark Hill Farm and then on to Intake Head Farm. Despite taking some great scenic shots along here I was having trouble finding the footpaths that were shown on my Ordnance Survey map, so I had to make it up as I went along! A couple of times I went the wrong way, so had to adapt my route slightly. The path I was on eventually came out onto the  A62  just west of Marsden, so because of my difficulty with finding the paths that were marked on my map I just decided to follow the road until I reached the next path.

The next path I followed dropped down very steeply off the A62 where I got some lovely shots of the surrounding countryside. This was part of the Standedge Trail, which I followed to Close Gate Bridge and then onto Blake Lee Lane at Hey Green. I took a path off the lane, which climbed up steeply to Lower Green Owlers where I briefly rejoined the lane. From here I just had to follow a path heading east back towards Marsden. I managed to film some really lovely countryside views along here.

My last main location to film was the  Standedge Tunnels , one of which is claimed to be the longest, highest and deepest canal tunnel in the country. Despite being very busy with visitors I took some great shots here and managed to catch a boat entering the canal tunnel as well as a couple of trains entering the railway tunnel. After taking lots of shots here I followed the canal back to Marsden where I completed my filming for the day. The weather had been glorious all day and when I arrived back in the town there was a wonderful atmosphere with lots of people sitting outside various pubs in Marsden in the sunshine. I ended my day with a welcoming pint of “Jewel in the Crown” in the  Riverhead Brewery Tap  and then a bag of chips from Marsden Fisheries! I also found an  ice cream parlour , so I just had to indulge before leaving Marsden for the day! A great day’s filming then, ending up with a very enjoyable leisurely couple of hours in Marsden.
 
 
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