The Solitary Rambler

LLANDOGO, CLEDDON FALLS AND TRELLECH
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Filmed 24th March 2018
Post-production completed 18th May 2018

Running time 20 minutes
Synopsis

Llandogo was generally a village in the Wye Valley , which I only passed through on the way to other places, so today I decide to take some time out to explore it properly. There were also some family connections of mine in the village, so Llandogo is a special place for me for that reason. I climb up to explore the spectacular Cleddon Falls before ending up in the pretty village of Trellech …..
Locations

Filmed in the Wye Valley in the county of Monmouthshire . Locations include Llandogo , Cleddon Falls , Whitestone in Bargain Wood, Virtuous Well , Harold’s Stones , Tump Terret and Trellech . This continues the series of films in 2018 celebrating 25 years of “The Solitary Rambler” .
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Background and production details

After a second night in the Premier Inn in Monmouth at the end of March 2018 I decided to shoot around Llandogo , somewhere not previously featured in a Solitary Rambler film, but it was in the Wye Valley so for me was still relevant to the celebrations of the 25th anniversary. It meant I could include nearby Cleddon Falls and end up in Trellech , which of course had featured 24 years earlier in “ The Lost Villages ”.

On Saturday 24th March I left Monmouth and drove along the A466 to Llandogo, parking off the main road on a bay in front of the Millennium Hall . I captured many shots of the village from the A466 to get great views of the houses scattered in the hills behind. I also captured shots of the village store, the Sloop Inn and the church . I walked down to the riverside to get some footage of the Wye at Llandogo and then started the walk, filming as I went, which involved a long, steep climb from the main road to eventually reach the Wye Valley Walk near the top of Cleddon Falls. This spot had featured 24 years earlier in my film “ Escape Through the Valley to Tranquillity ”. I walked over to get a few shots of nearby Cleddon Hall before walking down the zigzag path back to Llandogo via the spectacular Cleddon Falls. I probably visited this spot at the right time of year as the waterfall was very much in full force.

Reaching Llandogo again I drove on, taking the Trellech road, but stopping on the way at Whitestone in Bargain Wood. Again, this location had featured in the aforementioned “Escape Through the Valley to Tranquillity”, so as part of this year’s celebrations for the 25th anniversary of “The Solitary Rambler” I felt it was a wonderful and appropriate place to film briefly en route to Trellech. Moving onto the village I parked in the public car park next to the Methodist Church. I captured as many shots of the village as I could as well as the Virtuous Well , the Cedar sculpture, Harold’s Stones , Tump Terret , St Nicholas Church and the Lion Inn where my filming for the day was complete .

​I had no idea of what musical score I was going to create, and none of my old recordings inspired me to want to update them for this film, so like my previous film “ Tintern, Brockweir and Devil’s Pulpit ”, I decided to compose a completely new soundtrack. To try and give some variety from the preceding two films, in which I had mainly used a steel guitar sound, I created a piano piece. This was the main theme for “Llandogo, Cleddon Falls and Trellech”, and I added the usual string voices as well as a viola and a French horn in some segments. For the scene where I stop briefly at Whitestone I have no shame in admitting I composed a piece of music that was based on Pink Floyd’s Atom Heart Mother ”, which I had used back in 1994 in the Whitestone scenes in “Escape Through the Valley to Tranquillity” .


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