The Solitary Rambler

TINTERN, BROCKWEIR AND DEVIL'S PULPIT
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Filmed 23rd March 2018
Post-production completed 27th April 2018

Running time 20 minutes
Synopsis

Back in the beautiful Wye Valley I visit Tintern with its stunning abbey and riverside location. Exploring the village I then walk to the nearby village of Brockweir before climbing steeply up to rejoin a section of one of my favourite walks from my childhood, Offa’s Dyke Path . The highlight of the day is the visit to the rocky pillar known as the Devil’s Pulpit , believed to be where Satan preached to the monks in Tintern Abbey below, and which provides the most amazing views over Tintern and the Wye Valley …..
Locations

Filmed in the Wye Valley in the counties of Monmouthshire and Gloucestershire . Locations include Tintern , Tintern Abbey , Brockweir , Offa’s Dyke Path and Devil’s Pulpit . This continues the series of films in 2018 celebrating 25 years of “The Solitary Rambler” .
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Background and production details

After completing my filming in Chepstow and the walk to Lancaut on Thursday 22nd March 2018 I looked to shoot my next film as part of the celebrations of the 25th anniversary of “The Solitary Rambler”. I turned my attention to Tintern , previously visited 24 years earlier in 1994’s “ Escape Through the Valley to Tranquillity ” which, as well as being a completely different kind of film back then, wasn’t of great picture quality as it was shot long before HD camcorders were around, so I thought it would be lovely to revisit this beautiful location and shoot a film in HD. During my shoot I decided to visit the nearby village of Brockweir , also visited previously in the aforementioned 1994 film, as well as a stretch of Offa’s Dyke Path to the Devil’s Pulpit , not featured before, although I had taken long shots of Tintern from that location, again in my 1994 film.

I had spent the night in the new Premier Inn in Monmouth , which made a good base from which to shoot my new films in the Wye Valley , so on the morning of Friday 23rd March I made my way from Monmouth to Tintern. It was fairly quiet in Tintern as the road was closed south of the village due to a rockfall near Wyndcliff , so this was a bonus for me as far as the filming was concerned. Parking in the Abbey car park I took my first shots around the exterior of the Abbey itself and the adjacent Anchor Inn . I then walked along the main street taking shots of the Royal George Hotel , the Rose and Crown and the Abbey Mill . From there I began my walk, which crossed the old railway bridge over the Wye and followed the track to Brockweir. I took many shots around this picturesque village as well as great shots of the River Wye and surrounding countryside.

I eventually left Brockweir to follow Offa’s Dyke Path southwards for a short way before turning off right on a very steep path which, despite being a tough climb gave me some great views to capture with my camcorder. At the top I rejoined Offa’s Dyke Path briefly as I crossed over it to take a path up through fields to Beeches Farm . This took me to the end of Miss Grace’s Lane, which I followed as far as a junction of paths where I turned right to follow a route to Offa’s Dyke Path and Devil’s Pulpit. This was a very muddy path, but I eventually reached Devil’s Pulpit to capture some superb shots of the views over Tintern and the Wye Valley. I then followed a short stretch of Offa’s Dyke Path northwards as far as a path junction, where I turned off left to follow paths descending back to Tintern .

Continuing with the non-alliterative titles I decided to call this film simply “Tintern, Brockweir and Devil’s Pulpit”. The most difficult part during editing was, surprisingly, composing the music. Despite having known Tintern and the other nearby places since childhood, I had no idea what music to compose for the edited film. I went through a lot of my very early music to see if anything was suitable to record for the film, but I felt nothing was. I didn’t want to re-record the theme I used in “Escape Through the Valley to Tranquillity”, so I eventually came up with a brand new piece. The score I created was primarily an acoustic guitar theme with added strings, woodwind, piano, brass and flute. I also recorded a very short piece of my old song “Offa’s Dyke Path” for the scenes where I am reunited with the long-distance footpath in question.


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