The Solitary Rambler

WOOLASTON COMMON AND ALVINGTON
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Filmed 17th July 2018
Post-production completed TBA

Running time 20 minutes
Synopsis

My walk today explores a very popular walking area on the fringes of the Forest of Dean , tracing a route around the parish of Woolaston , an area of scattered settlement and fertile farmland close to the River Severn . It is also the area in which I spent the earliest years of my life, so after my walk I return to the nearby village where I lived with my Mum and Dad …..
Locations

Filmed in the Forest of Dean in the county of Gloucestershire . Locations include Woolaston , High Woolaston, Park Hill Common, Woolaston Slade, Woolaston Woodside, Woolaston Common and Alvington . 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

I wanted to go back to Alvington , the first place in which I lived, as originally featured in 1999’s “ Sentiments of Severnside ”. As I had already returned to Chepstow in 2018 it seemed the right thing to do as part of the 25th anniversary year to make a 20-minute film in Alvington. There was a 5-mile circular walk around Woolaston Common in one of my guidebooks, so that would cover a lot of the area where I spent the first years of my life, then I could end the film in Alvington.
 
On Tuesday 17th July 2018 I left the Premier Inn in Ross-on-Wye , where I had spent the last two nights, and drove to Woolaston , parking in a small, rough layby on the approach to the village just off the A48 . I took a few shots in the centre of the village before starting the walk, which crossed fields to eventually cross Woodside Lane where I walked near Woolaston Church . Crossing more fields I came out onto St Briavels Road at High Woolaston. I then climbed up fields to cross the same lane further up at Park Hill Common, where I took the no through road and walked along it as far as a footpath on the left marked with concrete bollards. This descended through woodland to Woolaston Slade where I turned right along a track until I turned left near a pond in a field where a path led to Slade Road at Severn View Farm.
 
The more interesting part of the day came next for me as I followed the lane from here to Woolaston Woodside. This was where my paternal grandparents lived at the time I was living in Alvington, so I took a few shots here before following the path that eventually led onto the lane at Woolaston Common. Walking back slowly towards the main village I passed the Rising Sun Inn , but sadly didn’t have time to call in. However, I did go back a couple of days later for a quick drink, so I didn’t miss out in the end! Arriving back in Woolaston itself I took a few more shots here before moving off and driving to nearby Alvington. I parked on Clanna Road and took various shots all over the village, finishing by the church where I captured the final shots of the day.


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