The Solitary Rambler

TRAIL TO TOWNELEY
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Filmed 29th April 2017
Post-production completed 10th June 2017

Running time 20 minutes
Synopsis
 
I find myself back in the South Pennines in Lancashire . My walk, which starts on the edge of Burnley , takes me along a little of the Burnley Way , eventually visiting the popular Towneley Park . The main reason for this walk, however, is the visit to the wonderful and unusual landmark that emits sounds as the wind blows through it, a structure known as the " Singing Ringing Tree ". ....
Locations
 
Filmed in the South Pennines in the county of Lancashire . Locations include Towneley Park and the Singing Ringing Tree .
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Background and production details
 
My filming at Hartshead Pike had now inspired me to make another two films that would feature some kind of tower or monument, so my next film was a walk I had viewed in one of my books. There was one particular walk in my “ South Pennines Walks ” book featuring not a monument as such, but a very interesting piece of sculpture known as the “ Singing Ringing Tree ” near Burnley , so I decided this was going to be my next film.

I was up at 5:00am on Saturday 29th April in order to make a good start for the two hour or so journey to Burnley. I left home at around 5:45 and arrived at Towneley Barwise car park on the outskirts of Burnley at just before 8:00am. Taking a few shots of the picnic area I began the walk in my book and, as always, filmed as I went. The walk took me along part of the Burnley Way, so I climbed up following this trail, crossing Burnley Golf Course to Crown Point Road. Leaving the Burnley Way here I took a path running parallel with the road towards the landmark I could see in the distance.

Eventually arriving at the Singing Ringing Tree I made sure I captured lots of shots of the wonderful sculpture. I also tried to film the tree in order to capture the natural sounds it made with the wind passing through its tubes, but my camcorder microphone has no way of shielding the noise from the winds. However, when I later played back the footage I did find some usable shots with the natural sounds. Descending from the Singing Ringing Tree I eventually dropped to the edge of the village of Walk Mill, from where I entered Towneley Park . Eating my packed lunch here I carried on to film the last set of shots, which was at Towneley Hall . My day of filming ended just before 1:30pm, so it was a short walk back to the car park at Towneley Barwise then I made my journey home stopping briefly again en route to take another look at the wonderful Singing Ringing Tree.

The editing for “Trail to Towneley” was going to be interesting. I would be composing a new musical soundtrack as always, which I did for many of the walking sequences. However, for the scenes at the Singing Ringing Tree I decided not to use any music at all, so rather than drowning out the Singing Ringing Tree with music I dubbed on some of the usable pieces of its natural sounds I had captured when I had filmed it.


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