The Solitary Rambler

WINDS OF WINDGATHER
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Filmed 23rd August 2015
Post-production completed 26th September 2015
Running time 18 minutes
Synopsis
 
Early on a bright, but windy Sunday morning I decide to enjoy a quiet walk in part of the Peak District that falls within Cheshire . My route takes me to a very remote chapel and eventually to the wonderful rocks of Windgather …..
Locations
 
Filmed in the Peak District in the counties of Cheshire and  Derbyshire . Locations include Pym Chair, Jenkin Chapel , Kettleshulme , Taxal Edge and Windgather Rocks .
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Background and production details
 
I was very familiar with most of the Peak District , but there were still several parts that I didn’t know quite so well. These particular areas were mainly those falling outside of Derbyshire , so I decided to make more videos in those less explored regions, in this case Cheshire . I wanted to film Windgather Rocks , a location I had only passed from time to time when driving along Side End Lane between Pym Chair and Kettleshulme , so I worked out a walk that would take in this lovely spot as well as Jenkin Chapel and Kettleshulme.
 
I woke up at 5.30am on Sunday 23rd August 2015, so decided to get up and make a very early start. I parked my car at Pym Chair car park just before 7.00am, so I started filming along part of the ridge on the Cheshire/Derbyshire county boundary. The light at this time was wonderful so I was capturing some fantastic shots. There was no footpath to Jenkin Chapel from here so I just followed the lane westwards from Pym Chair, which dropped down steeply in parts, until it eventually came to the delightful remote chapel. I took many shots around here to try to capture the setting and remoteness of this building.
 
From Jenkin Chapel I took a path through the fields signposted Kettleshulme via Green Booth. This path wasn’t always too clear across the fields, but it was waymarked with yellow arrows at certain points and looking at my OS map I could see that I just had to keep heading northwards to reach Kettleshulme. I filmed many lovely shots of the surrounding countryside along this section of the walk. As I was approaching Mangers Carr Farm I wasn’t too clear at first if the path went through here as it looked too private and there were no yellow waymarks, but this was definitely the correct route so I cautiously carried on to arrive at the end of a track leading to Kettleshulme.
 
Arriving in Kettleshulme I decided to take as many shots as I could of the village before shooting scenes along a footpath I took towards Taxal Edge. It was a long, but relatively easy ascent back to Pym Chair car park, but this section would involve the main location of my day of filming, Windgather Rocks. It was extremely windy as I was trying to film here, which prompted me to call this project “Winds of Windgather”. I completed filming just beyond here and arrived back at the car park at around midday. Making the very early start this morning had paid off as I met no-one during my filming until I came to Windgather Rocks, and I could now enjoy a spot of lunch then relax at home for the afternoon!
 
When I came to editing I found I had to quite significantly lower the volumes for most of the shots due to the wind, but that seemed appropriate for Windgather Rocks! So I decided to call this film “Winds of Windgather”! Not so much music was recorded for this video either as, especially in the opening scenes, I felt the landscape shots with the wind would work better without music. The music I created was basically a piano melody, but as I got more into the recording I tried to find a way to make this sound a little different from my other soundtracks. After some experimentation I tried the “high sine” voice on my keyboard, which was very effective with the piano and gave a suitably atmospheric sound.
 
 
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