The Solitary Rambler

    Filmed 12th July 2018
    Post-production completed TBA

    Running time 20 minutes

    I never did any walks around Mitcheldean in the Forest of Dean, so today I decide to do so for the first time. I explore the small town with its fantastic church and walk to the nearby village of Harrow Hill, where its church sits on a hillside dominating the skyline …..

    Filmed in the Forest of Dean in the county of Gloucestershire. Locations include Mitcheldean, Mitcheldean Meend, Harrow Hill, Harryhill Plantation and the Wysis Way. This is part of the series of films in 2018 celebrating 25 years of “The Solitary Rambler”.
      Background and production details

      Mitcheldean was another location in the Forest of Dean that I hadn’t featured in any of my early films, so I sought to rectify that during the 25th anniversary year. I also loved the location of the church at Harrow Hill, so I looked into filming a walk that would include both Mitcheldean and Harrow Hill. None of my walking guidebooks featured walks in any of these places, so I got the Ordnance Survey map and planned my own walk.
      On Thursday 12th July 2018 I left my home in Derbyshire at about 5:20am to make the journey to Mitcheldean. It was a clear run and I found I was making better time than I had thought, so I decided to stop in Ross-on-Wye before filming to have breakfast, which I did at the Morrison’s café. After this I moved on to Mitcheldean, parking my car in the main car park just off the High Street. I walked down to the roundabout at Gloucester Road to take my first shots of the day of the surrounding hills towards Plump Hill and towards the old Rank Zerox site. Walking back to the town centre I took shots of Hawker Hill, High Street, Stenders Road and St Michael’s and All Angels Church.
      Filming of the walk took me up Windman Hill to the lane at Mitcheldean Meend, where I walked through the inclosure of the same name, doubling back to pass the Water Treatment Works to the road between Mitcheldean and Drybrook. I then followed the track which skirted the edge of Drybrook with great views of Ruardean Hill. As I reach Harrow Hill I took a few shots of the surrounding area before capturing shots of the local church. After stopping here briefly to eat my lunch I followed the Wysis Way, which went through Harryhill Plantation as far as the lane leading to the Wilderness Centre. These next shots were first visited in 2006’s “Denouement in Dean”, including Plump Hill Pool and the path leading through Beech Walk, now part of the Wysis Way. I saw some sculptures in a field on the grounds of the Wilderness Centre, so I captured some shots of these before heading back down into Mitcheldean to complete the day’s filming.

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