The Solitary Rambler

BEAUTY OF BATH
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Filmed 3rd September 2017
Post-production completed 17th November 2017

Running time 19 minutes
Synopsis

Bath is one of my favourite English cities, a place where, several years ago, I spent many days and nights out. I return to the beautiful city in September 2017 on, unfortunately, a rather wet day. However, it doesn’t stop me touring and enjoying Bath once more .....
Locations
 
Filmed in the city of Bath in the county of Somerset . Locations include the Royal Crescent , The Circus , Milsom Street , Pulteney Bridge , Parade Gardens, Bath Abbey and Queen Square .
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Background and production details
 
The city of Bath was always in the back of my mind as a place in which to make a film someday. I finally arranged to shoot in this beautiful city at the beginning of September 2017 after another stay with Mum in Somerset . I had been filming around Exmoor and the Quantock Hills at the end of August, and once all this was in the can I went back to Mum’s for a few more days. So after this I decided to make a detour on my way home, which would be a day in Bath, as well as a couple of other locations over that way. As part of this plan, therefore, I booked two nights stay in the Travelodge in Devizes , so on my day of travel from Mum’s to Devizes I would film in Bath, then make my way on to the Travelodge after the day’s filming was completed.

On Sunday 3rd September 2017 the weather forecast was not good, it was going to rain all day. I was going to make the trip to Bath anyway especially as my accommodation in Devizes was booked, so I would see how it turned out. It was an extremely wet day, but I thought that if I didn’t film in Bath that day it wouldn’t get done at all, so I chose to go ahead with the shooting despite the rain. I had my umbrella with me, so I could use that to try to protect the camera. It did make the day’s shooting more difficult especially as I was constantly wiping raindrops off the camera lens, but thankfully in the end I managed to get all the filming in Bath done.

I parked my car in Charlotte Street car park, so I began filming at the Royal Crescent . Shooting many scenes here I then walked on to film around the Circus and the Assembly Rooms before dropping into the city centre at the top of Milsom Street . Walking down here I turned off to film Pulteney Bridge . I followed the path beside the River Avon as far as the next river crossing, North Parade Bridge. Crossing back to the opposite bank I shot some scenes in Parade Gardens. Unfortunately I saw that the huge Empire Hotel on Orange Grove was completely covered in scaffolding, so I tried to shoot scenes around as much as I could to avoid the eyesore in any of the footage.

Moving on I filmed around the Abbey and the adjacent Roman Baths and Pump Room where the queues to go inside were astronomical. I still got some great exterior shots without the need to go inside myself. From Stall Street I walked over to the Thermae Bath Spa then on to the Theatre Royal before ending up in Queen Square near to where I had parked my car and started filming. Collecting my car at Charlotte Street car park I wanted to film at one more location in Bath, and that was at Beechen Cliff from where I could capture some panoramic views over the whole of the city. Due to the rain the visibility was not great, but I got the shots I wanted anyway. So this day goes on record as being the wettest I have ever filmed in! I was glad to move on and check in to my Travelodge in Devizes which was only about a 40 minute drive away .


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