The Solitary Rambler

COLEFORD, DARK HILL AND CLEARWELL
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Filmed 28th May 2018
Post-production completed 3rd August 2018

Running time 20 minutes
Synopsis

My journey today takes me to Coleford , the administrative centre of the Forest of Dean . I explore the town centre for a while and then go on a walk. The locations I visit include one I previously visited with friends many years earlier, where I stop briefly and reminisce with some amusement.  My walk eventually takes me to the lovely village of Clearwell before finishing back in Coleford, the town which also has a major connection for me …..
Locations

Filmed in the Forest of Dean in the county of Gloucestershire . Locations include Coleford , Coalway , Nagshead Plantation , Dark Hill ironworks , Gorsty Knoll and Clearwell . This is part of the series of films in 2018 celebrating 25 years of “The Solitary Rambler”.
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Background and production details

Coleford in the Forest of Dean was a town I had never really featured properly in my earlier films. It had been seen briefly in 1996’s “ Confrontations in Cannop ”, but it was just a scene with my Bristol friends Clayton and Scott, so I decided to make a new film in the town during 2018 as part of the 25th anniversary celebrations. There was a walk in one of my walking guidebooks which took in Dark Hill and Clearwell , so that was what I was going to shoot as part of this film.
 
During my stay in the Premier Inn in Monmouth at the end of May 2018 I drove to Coleford on the 28th of the month, which was the Bank Holiday Monday. Arriving in Coleford just before 10:00am I began the day’s filming by capturing many shots around the Market Place with the town clock as well as the exterior of the Great Western Railway Museum . I then followed the cycle track as far as a path, which went across the golf course to Coalway . From there I took a track leading straight to Nagshead Lodge, where I had filmed 23 years earlier in the very first film I made in the Forest of Dean, “The Mysterious Forest”. I walked along the path leading to the main road at Dark Hill, which I crossed to reach the remains of the ironworks . Continuing on I reached the edge of Milkwall as I passed through Gorsty Knoll .
 
The route was not too clear from the book so I went slightly wrong as walked from there to Clearwell Meend on the B4228. Crossing this road, the route described battling through bracken and brambles, which was an understatement as I couldn’t even find a path! Therefore, I retraced my steps to the road and followed it northwards for a while before turning off and following the road to Clearwell. I took a few shots of the entrance to the caves and then headed down into the village. I captured shots of the village cross, the church and the entrance to the castle and then climbed out of Clearwell as I took a path across fields to Pingry Lane. From there I took a path heading back into Coleford passing the Ribena factory, outside which I took the last shot of the day as I talked about my connection to this establishment. Upon arriving back in the main car park in the town I cleaned my boots, which were caked in red mud from the fields next to the Ribena factory and then drove off back to Monmouth to return to the Premier Inn.

I worked on the editing for “Coleford, Dark Hill and Clearwell” at the beginning of August 2018. I had no older themes I wanted to re-use or re-record, so I worked on composing a brand new one for this film. I ended up creating a piece of music, mainly with a 12-string guitar accompaniment, with the solo as brass and woodwind voices.


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