The Solitary Rambler

MONMOUTH AND THE KYMIN
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Filmed 2nd June 2018
Post-production completed 7th September 2018

Running time 20 minutes
Synopsis

I return to the South Wales town of Monmouth , which I last visited some 24 years earlier. It turns out to be a scorching hot day as I explore the pretty town and follow a little of the Wye Valley Walk as far as Redbrook . My return to Monmouth then takes me along another section of Offa’s Dyke Path , which slowly climbs up high to reach a wonderful location known as the Kymin …..
Locations

Filmed in the Wye Valley in the county of Monmouthshire . Locations include Monmouth , the Wye Valley Walk , Redbrook , Offa’s Dyke Path and the Kymin . 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

After I had completed filming “ Redbrook and Newland ” on 29th May 2018 I went back to visit my mother in Somerset for a few days, but on the day I would be returning home to Derbyshire I decided I could travel back to the town of Monmouth en route to make one more film. Monmouth had featured very briefly way back in 1994 at the end of my second Solitary Rambler film “ The Lost Villages ”, so I wanted to return during the 25th anniversary year and film it more thoroughly. There was a 7 mile circular walk in one of my guidebooks from the town following the Wye Valley Walk to Redbrook , and then back to Monmouth along Offa’s Dyke Path , which would include a visit to the Kymin . Therefore, I decided to film this on the day I would be returning home. My little rucksack had finally died on me too as I found a tear in it, but as it was around 13 years old by this time I think it lasted pretty well! Therefore, I binned it and bought a new rucksack for £25.00, half price apparently, from Mountain Warehouse.
 
On Saturday 2nd June 2018 I drove from North Somerset and made my way to Monmouth, parking in the cattle market car park. Now fully equipped with not only recently bought gaiters, but a brand new rucksack, I began filming at the Monnow Bridge . I walked up Monmouth’s main street, Monnow Street, to take many more shots to include Agincourt Square, the Castle and the Regimental Museum . I filmed a few shots of St Mary’s Church and then walked over the Wye Bridge to begin the walk itself. At this point I followed the Wye Valley Walk southwards, this section of which ran mainly beside the River Wye . I soon reached two bridges, the Duke of Beaufort Bridge and Monmouth Viaduct with its missing river span. From here it was quite an easy and level walk as the Wye Valley Walk passed between the river and the main A466 . I managed to capture some shots of the view of Penallt Old Church up in the hill on the opposite bank, which was a bonus, before I continued along the Wye Valley Walk until I reached Redbrook.
 
I had, of course, featured Redbrook in my previous film, so I wasn’t going to film it again here. However, I decided to take just a few shots including Redbrook Bridge before stopping for lunch and then walking up the road through Upper Redbrook. Here I turned off to walk a bit of Offa’s Dyke Path this time, which I would be following back to Monmouth. I captured some wonderful shots along here as I slowly climbed up to eventually reach the Kymin. I filmed the Naval Temple and the Round House , but the highlight was most definitely the view over Monmouth and beyond. After capturing the views I continued along Offa’s Dyke Path as it descended steeply to eventually arrive back in Monmouth. I took a few more shots in the town, the final shots being back at the Monnow Bridge. Once everything was in the can I went to my car to rest for a while and then went to the Monnow Bridge Fish Bar for some fish and chips before I began the long drive home to Derbyshire.

I had been very busy over the following months, so work on post-production would not be a quick job. I finally got around to sorting this at the beginning of September 2018. I had a good idea of the music for “Monmouth and the Kymin”, but it was nothing I had recorded anywhere before. It was actually part of a tune that I created in my head way back at the start of 1984, but never got recorded as a song. Therefore, I decided to record some of that music for this film. I used mainly piano sounds, with some strings, oboe and brass.


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