The Solitary Rambler

BUTTER LAKE OF BUTTERMERE
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Filmed 2nd June 2016
Post-production completed 30th July 2016

​Running time 20 minutes
Synopsis
 
For me, one of the loveliest parts of the  Lake District   is Buttermere , so I take a walk from the village which follows the lake shoreline. Despite being very busy with lots of other visitors it does not spoil my enjoyment of my day in Buttermere​ .....
Locations
 
Filmed in the Lake District in the county of Cumbria . Locations include Buttermere village , Buttermere Lake and the start of both Newlands and Honister Passes .
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Background and production details
 
Whilst I was staying in  Keswick in June 2016 I was pleased that I had already shot footage for two films in the  Lake District  by the time I came to my third night’s stay, so I looked to shoot a third film the following morning, Thursday 2nd June. Going back to my 1991 trip to the Lakes I had also visited Buttermere , so this would be my location for this film, which I eventually called “Butter Lake of Buttermere”. There was a perfect walk in my guide book, which started in Buttermere village and followed the path all around the lake, so I thought this would be great for my Buttermere video.
 
I drove from Keswick that Thursday morning along the Newlands Pass and parked my car on an unofficial layby just up from the church in Buttermere village. After shooting around the village I followed the northeast shoreline path. The great thing for me about the Lake District, Buttermere being no exception, is that I feel I can just point my camcorder and shoot without any effort as any shot I take will be scenic. In other places I have filmed I may have felt I needed to put more thought into composing a good shot whereas the Lakes is beautiful everywhere you look. I walked up as far as Gatesgarth  near the foot of Honister Pass and took the path at the end of Buttermere Lake. I then followed the southwest shoreline path back to the village where I completed the day’s filming. On arrival back in the village I saw a Volvo estate car towing a caravan, which got stuck trying to get up the steep section of the lane near the church. It was there for ages and eventually had to slowly reverse back down the hill, which caused a lot of congestion. I did think about filming this, but I decided against it as I didn’t think the parties involved would appreciate me filming their misfortune!
 
I wanted to use my other song of the Lake District, “Value Your Love”, in my film “Butter Lake of Buttermere”, but I wanted it to be different to the versions I had previously recorded for “ Wayfarer of Windermere ”. I recorded two slightly alternate pieces of the song for the film and the rest of the soundtrack was based on that theme.


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