The Solitary Rambler

CIRCLE OF CASTLERIGG
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Filmed 31st May 2016
Post-production completed 17th June 2016

€‹Running time 19 minutes
Synopsis
 
I return to the Lake District   as part of a celebration of my 50th birthday. On this occasion I tour the town of Keswick and follow a walk beside part of Derwent Water that eventually takes me high above the lake to an old stone circle .....
Locations
 
Filmed in the Lake District in the county of Cumbria . Locations include Keswick , Derwent Water , Friar’s Crag, Castlerigg stone circle and Castlehead .
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Background and production details
 
After I had filmed “ Wayfarer of Windermere ” back in June 2013 I always knew that I would be returning to the Lake District at some point to film more “Solitary Rambler” films in the area. I had based “Windermere” on my very first trip to the Lakes, which was in 1987, so similarly I wanted the next film in the area to be based on the next trip I had made, which was in the spring of 1991. The difference this time, of course, would be that I would make several shorter videos around the Lake District as opposed to one long video as I had done with “Windermere”. I was aiming to make approximately three 20 minute videos around the northern Lakes to include places like Keswick , Buttermere and Borrowdale , locations in which I stayed during my 1991 holiday.
 
I had made an online booking for five night’s accommodation in May to June 2016 in a B&B in Keswick, which would be an ideal base from which to make all the films I wanted to do in the northern Lakes. The first short video would be based in and around Keswick, and I found a 7 mile walk in one of my guide books that visited Friar’s Crag and Castlerigg stone circle , so I felt this would make a good video.  My first night’s stay in Keswick was Monday 30th May, which was a Bank Holiday, but I didn’t want to completely shatter myself out by leaving home really early that morning then rush up to Keswick and then do the walk and film that same day. I knew the journey would take 3½ to 4 hours, so I instead decided to make it a more leisurely day and do the filming the following day.
 
Therefore, on Tuesday 31st May I began filming around Keswick. I shot around most of the streets in the town centre, but there was one problem – the Moot Hall was covered in scaffolding! However, I knew there was nothing I could do about it, so I just had to carry on shooting. After having captured Keswick on my camcorder I started the walk, which began by the edge of Derwent Water at the end of Lake Road. I followed the route beside the lake to film Friar’s Crag and then on up to Great Wood below Walla Crag . Climbing on up I eventually crossed the A591 and on to the stone circle at Castlerigg. Returning to the main road I walked back towards Keswick following paths which after a while took me to the viewpoint at Castlehead, from which I took superb shots of the views over Derwent Water. The final few shots were taken at Crow Park just off Lake Road in Keswick.
 
I wanted to call this film “K… of Keswick”, but I was struggling to find a decent alliterative title with a “K”, so I eventually decided to shelve that idea and call it “Circle of Castlerigg”. I already knew what music I would be composing for this film, which would be another version of my song “Until I Return”, which I first used in “Wayfarer of Windermere”.


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