The Solitary Rambler

BLEAKNESS OF BOWLAND
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Filmed 28th May 2015
Post-production completed 8th August 2015
Running time 19 minutes
Synopsis
 
The  Forest of Bowland  was an area I once passed through very briefly. I was completely blown away by its beauty, so some ten years later I decide to return whilst staying in  Lancashire  to revisit this spectacular and bleak landscape.....
Locations
 
Filmed in the Ribble Valley and  Forest of Bowland  in the county of  Lancashire . Locations include  Newton-in-Bowland Dunsop Bridge  and  Slaidburn .
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Background and production details
 
In 2005 a couple of friends and I spent a weekend in the  Lake District . On our day of arrival rather than driving straight there we took a more meandering route, part of which took us through the  Forest of Bowland . I was very pleasantly surprised at how scenic this area was and felt completely blown away by its spectacular, bleak landscape. Therefore, it was an obvious choice for another “Solitary Rambler” film, so during my few days in  Clitheroe  in May 2015 it was going to be the third film I would be making in the county of  Lancashire .

The weather forecast for Thursday 28th May was windy, heavy rain and sunny spells, but I was going home the next day so I knew I had to make this film no matter what. I was lucky, however, as although there was some rain it wasn’t enough to spoil my day. My day’s filming started with several shots taken from the B6478 Slaidburn Road before parking my car in  Newton-in-Bowland . I decided to film a very short circular walk along the banks of the  River Hodder , so I filmed several scenes of the village and then a few scenes of my riverside walk.

I then decided to move on to  Dunsop Bridge , where I hadn’t visited before, but thought it would be nice to include as it wasn’t far from Newton. I was so glad I did as, although there’s not much to see at Dunsop Bridge itself, the surrounding countryside was magnificent, rather like the scenery of parts of the Lake District I thought. Like Newton-on-Bowland I opted to do a very short circular walk to and from the village, where I captured some great shots of the lovely countryside.

The next location was  Slaidburn , a village I had actually visited before. It was in fact where my friends and I stopped for lunch on our way through the Forest of Bowland ten years previously. As a result I was very keen to film here, especially the  Hark to Bounty Inn , the pub where my friends and I had lunched. I didn’t go inside the pub whilst I was filming here, but I got some lovely shots of the exterior as well as the main parts of the village.

I spent the last part of the day along the quiet lane between Slaidburn and  Bentham . Here I captured the spectacular bleak landscape of the Forest of Bowland, hence my titling this film “Bleakness of Bowland”. My last few scenes were recorded at Cross of Greet Bridge, where it was very difficult trying to film due to the windy weather. I was attempting to speak into the camera, but the wind was too great and kept muffling the sound. After several takes, however, I knew I could splice different bits from the different takes to get my last scene in without too much of the wind drowning out my voice.
 
The editing took me a long time again as, like “ Delight in Downham ”, I struggled to compose a new soundtrack for “Bleakness of Bowland”. I just could not seem to get any inspiration for the music. Like “Downham” I did come up with a couple of themes, both of which I started to record, but then I deleted them as they were just not up to a standard I was happy with. Eventually I decided to record another version of one of the themes I used in “ Proud in Pendle ”, and as Pendle Hill also falls within the Forest of Bowland  Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty I decided to consider this my “Forest of Bowland theme”. I recorded a much slower version of the theme for “Bleakness of Bowland”, and it was sufficiently different for it to not be a copy of the soundtrack from “Proud in Pendle”.
 
 
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