The Solitary Rambler

TRAIL OF TISSINGTON
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Filmed 15th August 2015
Post-production completed 3rd September 2015
Running time 20 minutes
Synopsis
 
The Tissington Trail is another trail in the Peak District that follows the route of a former railway line, in this case the Ashbourne Line . As I explore sections of the trail I visit some of the prettiest villages on the way…..
Locations
 
Filmed in the Peak District in the county of Derbyshire . Locations include Ashbourne , Tissington , Alsop-en-le-Dale and Biggin .
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Background and production details
 
Having completed the filming for “ Midsummer in Middleton ”, which took place along the High Peak Trail my next project would be to film the Tissington Trail . I already knew long before filming what I would be calling this film as it was an easy and pretty obvious one, “Trail of Tissington”.
 
On Saturday 15th August 2015 I arrived in Ashbourne just before 9am to begin filming this latest project. I spent almost a couple of hours filming around Ashbourne followed by a bit of filming at the start of the Tissington Trail off Mapleton Road. I then moved off to the village of Tissington parking in the old railway station car park. It was here I discovered that my camcorder had become slightly damaged on the short journey in my car from Ashbourne. The battery slides into the back of the camera and one of the four connecter pins had somehow broken off, so the battery was now loose and kept sliding down causing the power to keep shutting off. This became a real hindrance during the rest of the day’s filming as I had to hold the battery in place each time I took a shot. At least the camera was still working despite this problem and eventually I came up with the idea of inserting a piece of straw under the battery to make it more secure, which thankfully worked.
 
Tissington, which was heaving with visitors, was a lovely place for me to film. Despite the issue with the camcorder I spent a very enjoyable 3 hours filming around the village to include shots of the pond, village hall, the church , the hall and part of the Tissington Trail as it passes around the village. I then drove on to the nearby hamlet of Alsop-en-le-Dale taking a few shots of the main street, the church and the hall. Driving on further northwards along the A515 I pulled up into a rough layby near the junction of Liffs Road leading to Biggin and filmed a few scenes of the Tissington Trail as it passes over a small road bridge.
 
My last stop in my car today was in the village of Biggin. I decided to do a short circular walk from here, which would take in some more of the trail and some of the surrounding countryside. I filmed several shots as I walked northwards along the trail as far as Hartington Station . This location proved quite interesting as the old signal box is open to the public, so I got some great shots inside here as well as the trail around here.
 
I decided not to go any further along the trail from here as it was only a couple of miles or so to Parsley Hay where it merges with the High Peak Trail, and of course I had already filmed that section in “Midsummer in Middleton”. From Hartington Station I retraced my steps along the Tissington Trail for a short way until I reached a junction with a path leading to Heathcote, so this was the route I would be taking. I filmed many scenes along here, through the tiny hamlet of Heathcote and then on towards Biggin. Arriving in Biggin this would be the last part of today’s shoot, so I walked all around the village to take as many good shots as I could.
 
When I finally completed the day’s shoot  I discovered the time was nearly 6pm, which really shocked me as I had no idea that I had been out filming for as long as 9 hours today! I do remember it had taken me nearly 11 hours to “ Companion in Curbar ” back in April 2014, but that was my very first short film so I could make allowances for that. As time went on and I got more into the swing of making short videos I found it took me around 6 hours on average to film each film, so it really surprised me today that my filming of “Trail of Tissington” had taken as long as it had. Thinking about this more, however, it seems it perhaps takes longer filming when it involves parking my car, filming in a location for a while, driving on somewhere else, filming around there, driving on again, etc, so if I park in only the one location for the whole day and do one longer circular walk, it takes less time overall to film.
 
For my musical soundtrack I wanted to use the same theme with which I had scored “Midsummer in Middleton”, albeit a different version and used the sound of a rock guitar on my keyboard for the chords of this particular arrangement. I also used synthesized strings for some of the village sequences, i.e. Tissington and Alsop-en-le-Dale.
 
 
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