The Solitary Rambler

DOONE VALLEY TO DULVERTON
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Filmed 30th August 2017
Post-production completed 11th November 2017

Running time 20 minutes
Synopsis

I take a walk through a little of Exmoor's Doone Country, the setting for R D Blackmore ’s famous novel “ Lorna Doone ”. Later in the day I travel to the lovely Tarr Steps with its old clapper bridge, another of my favourite spots in Exmoor. I end the day exploring the pretty town of Dulverton , known as the southern gateway to Exmoor .....
Locations
 
Filmed in Exmoor in the counties of Somerset and Devon . Locations include Malmsmead , Oare , Tarr Steps and Dulverton .
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Background and production details
 
On Wednesday 30th August 2017 I would be driving back to visit Mum in North Somerset after my two day stay in the lovely B&B in Lynton . My plan for this day was to make another film in Exmoor en route, so I looked to shoot around the famous Doone Country. As I intended to do a short walk in part of Doone Valley then move on to a couple of other locations, depending on time and weather, it was going to be very much a “make-it-up-as-I-go-along” kind of day. As it happened there was only a short spell of light rain and the remainder of the day turned out to be dry and sunny. Therefore, I managed to successfully complete filming in all the places I wanted to shoot.

Filming started at the car park beside the A39 at County Gate, where I captured great sweeping shots across Exmoor. I then drove down to Malmsmead and parked in the short term stay car park beside the packhorse bridge . A man from the gift shop in Lorna Doone Farm asked if I would have a cup of coffee later in the Lorna Doone Inn for parking in that car park, which I was happy to do. I’m presuming he was the owner of the buildings which consisted of the farm and the pub. Anyway I took my shots around Malmsmead, where it drizzled a little as I crossed the bridge and thankfully that was the only rain I encountered during my day. I went into Lorna Doone Inn and bought a pot of tea, which I enjoyed before moving on and starting the walk I wanted to do.

I followed the path on the Devon side of Badgworthy Water as far as a footbridge crossing back over the river near a campsite at Clouds Farm . Here I climbed up to eventually meet a path leading into Oare . Shooting scenes of the church I decided to go inside and take some shots, the first time I’ve filmed inside a church. After this I walked back to Malmsmead to drive on to my next destination. I followed the lane to Robbers Bridge , where I was intending to take a few shots. However, there was limited parking here and I felt that the location was not as interesting as I had remembered, so decided to leave it and carry on. Reaching the A39 again I drove as far as the parking area above the top of Porlock Hill where I got some fantastic shots of the views. Driving along the lane opposite signposted to Exford I stopped a couple of times where I could to take a few scenes of Exmoor’s bleak moors before I reached my next place I wanted to film.

I was at Tarr Steps , one of the essential places for me to film in Exmoor. It was a joy filming here as I shot the old clapper bridge and managed to capture some shots of me walking across it. I also took some shots of the Tarr Farm Inn overlooking the bridge. After finishing here I drove on to Dulverton , which was to be my last location shoot of the day. I filmed all around the town centre and got talking to a local gentleman who was interested in what I was doing telling me that he sold postcards featuring old photos of Dulverton. Finishing up at the church my day of filming was complete. I then made the journey back to Mum’s so I dropped down to Tiverton and picked up the M5 near there to make my way to North Somerset.


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