The Solitary Rambler

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Filmed 25th May 2015
Post-production completed 13th June 2015
Running time 20 minutes
The beautiful  Haworth  in  Brontë Country  is where I decide to explore today. I walk around the village and follow “ The Railway Children Walk ”, which leads me to many of the locations used in the classic children’s’  film .....
Filmed in the South Pennines in the county of  West Yorkshire . Locations include  Haworth Oxenhope Oakworth  and the  Keighley and Worth Valley Railway .
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Background and production details
I had made a couple of very brief visits to  Haworth  in recent years, so I knew it was a contender as a filming location. I found details online of the  Keighley and Worth Valley Railway , so I thought it might be interesting to include that in my film in some way. I also discovered that Haworth and many of the locations near the railway were used in the 1970 film “ The Railway Children ”. I found information of a “ Railway Children Walk ”, which visits the film locations, so I decided to shoot this for my Haworth film.

I had booked a week off work at the end of May 2015 and planned to use that time to make four new films of “The Solitary Rambler” starting with this one, which I would call “Heritage of Haworth”. On the 25th May, which was the Bank Holiday Monday, I made an early start again with the intention of arriving in Haworth at around 9am. Unlike the previous few films, however, I didn’t have to make the long journey back home once filming was completed as I had booked a night’s accommodation in  Halifax , about 10 miles from Haworth.

I got to Haworth just after 9am as planned, so took plenty of good shots of the village and its famous cobbled main street before it got too busy. Walking down the hill to the  railway station  I started filming “The Railway Children Walk” where I managed to shoot both a diesel and a steam engine moving along the track. I followed the walk parallel with the railway line until I reached  Oxenhope station . Here I crossed the line to climb up to the house used as the “Three Chimneys” in “The Railway Children”. The walk took me away from the railway to eventually arrive back in Haworth near the church. Taking some shots here and the  Brontë Parsonage  I continued following the walk towards  Oakworth .

Nearing Mytholmes Tunnel I got as close to the railway line as I could in order to say some lines about this particular location used in “The Railway Children”. Unfortunately I found this very difficult as each time I attempted to speak car horns hooted regularly close by! I later discovered that there was a road nearby with a very sharp, blind bend. Painted on the walls of the derelict building next to this bend were the words “hoot”, so I realised there was a very good reason for hearing the car horns on a regular basis! Thankfully, after many takes, I did finally manage to say all my lines before a car hooted again!

Arriving at  Oakworth station , another major location from “The Railway Children”, I got some great shots including a moving steam train. There was a man working on the station as a volunteer, who manually opened the level crossing gates. I got talking to him and he told about his work on the station. Part of me wished I had filmed him talking to me, but this would have ended up with far too much footage to fit into a 20 minute video along with all the shots I had already taken today. I completed the day’s filming as “The Railway Children Walk” led me back into Haworth once more. I ended my day by enjoying a quick drink in the  Black Bull  before moving on to drive to nearby Halifax to check in to the  Travelodge  where I was staying for that one night.

I had recorded a lot of commentary for both “ Moors of Marsden ” and “ High Time in Hebden Bridge ” particularly for their respective town centre sequences, so during the editing of “Heritage of Haworth” I decided to go the opposite way and cut down the commentary so that I could have more prominent music over the scenes of the town. For the actual music I was determined to create a brass band sound to give it that authentic Yorkshire feel, so I recorded a theme with various brass voices from my keyboard. However, that theme soon developed into a much slower version using the sounds of a horn solo with piano and string accompaniment, which provided the soundtrack for the majority of the film.
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