The Solitary Rambler

CLIFFS OF CHEDDAR
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Filmed 13th July 2017
Post-production completed 20th August 2017

Running time 20 minutes
Synopsis
 
I tour around the village of Cheddar on the edge of the Mendip Hills in Somerset . My walk involves two very steep climbs, but they are certainly worth it for the fantastic views over Cheddar Gorge , one of the greatest natural wonders in Britain .....
Locations
 
Filmed in the county of Somerset .  Locations include Cheddar , Lion Rock, Jacob’s Ladder and Cheddar Gorge . Ths is the first film in the Mendip Hills .
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Background and production details
 
My next visit to Mum in Somerset would be in mid-July 2017, which is when I always go down each year anyway as her birthday is during that time. On this occasion, however, I planned a longer visit than usual so that I could make another three films in the south west during my stay. I looked to make my next films in this region of England in the Mendip Hills , which happened to be an area Mum herself suggested I should film. There were a few locations I had in mind, but to me it would be essential to make my first Mendip Hills film in Cheddar , a place I’ve always thought was really lovely, and probably the location in the Mendips I’ve been to the most.

On Thursday 13th July I drove to Cheddar and parked my car on Orchard Way. My first location to film would be the market cross in the main part of the village. I took several shots here before walking up towards the Gorge . All of my next shots were filmed along the Lower Gorge as I passed all the cafes and gift shops as well as the entrance Gough’s Cave . Now it was time to do the actual walk, which started with a very steep climb up the “Gorge Walk” off Cufic Lane. At the top of the climb I walked over to the two viewpoints where I captured some fantastic shots down into Cheddar Gorge . Continuing along to Gorge Walk it levelled out for a while and I just managed to capture a couple of shots of a wild goat, which was hidden in the bracken unfortunately, but at least I filmed it!

The path eventually dropped down again, crossed Cliff Road, then it was another climb for me as I took the path up to the other side of Cheddar Gorge. Once it levelled out it was a fairly easy walk along the top and I got some great shots again of the views over the gorge as well as the Somerset Levels and the Bristol Channel . Eventually the path came to the top of Jacob’s Ladder and the Lookout Tower. I climbed the tower first to get some shots from there, which I found a little tricky as the walkways were small, so it was difficult for me in some places to mount the tripod. Nevertheless I managed to get a few shots of the views and of the tower itself before I descended Jacob’s Ladder. I captured a couple of shots down here and then finished the day’s filming once I reached Cheddar again.

I had no predetermined ideas of what music I was going to create for the edited video, “Cliffs of Cheddar”, so I eventually came up with a new soundtrack, which was not based on anything I’ve composed in the past or anything other ideas I had in my head. The main musical soundtrack was a pleasant theme using the “dark light” pad, violin ensemble and “Mr Klank” keyboard voices on my Yamaha instrument. However, I wanted a more dramatic sound for some of the Cheddar Gorge scenes, so I composed a short piece using a couple of brass voices.


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