Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Filming Locations: Rachel's Audition for Fangirl Quest

Earlier this month, I took an Aer Lingus flight over to the UK. It was a trip that my mum and I have been planning ever since our return from the Republic of Ireland back in 2011, and starting in January of this year we began setting our plans into motion—booking tickets, hiring a rental, figuring out how Airbnb works, looking into tours, et cetera. I was assigned the task of working out our itinerary, which basically meant that I could load our schedule with places that were used as filming locations in some of my favourite movies and telly shows. Huzzah!

Also, I think that this is a brilliant opportunity to audition for Fangirl Quest: a travel blog site that features "screenframing photos from famous movies" and television series. The people who run it have visited England and Wales multiple times and inspired some of my own travels...so cheers, ladies.

*The photographs below are HD quality, so if you want an enlarged view you can left-click to zoom, right-click and select either 'view image' (Firefox) or 'open image in new tab' (Chrome), then left-click again to zoom even further.

A rough route of our travels over the duration of ten days.

We set out from Cardiff Airport in the Vale of Glamorgan, inside of which lies Barry Island where they shot parts of Submarine and S03 of Being Human. Also nearby is Cardiff itself—favourite filming location for series Doctor Who, Torchwood, and Sherlock. Not really in it for the cities, however, we drove in the opposite direction toward Carmarthenshire (How I Live Now).

Through the Black Mountain pass of Brecon Beacons National Park where they filmed Stardust.

Between our stop at Llanthony Priory and our BnB in Churcham were the Clearwell Caves and Puzzlewood. These incredible places can be seen in Doctor Who episodes "The Satan Pit," "The Time of Angels," and "Flesh and Stone," as well as in the series Merlin and Galavant. Some viewers might also recognize Puzzlewood from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We were on a rather tight schedule, though, and simply crossed the border to get to Gloucestershire.

Gloucester Cathedral features in scenes from the Harry Potter franchise,
including Sorcerer's Stone, Chamber of Secrets, and Half-Blood Prince.

Recently, The Hollow Crown series filmed some of "The War of the Roses" at the cathedral,
as did Sherlock for "The Abominable Bride."

After popping 'round to Stratford-Upon-Avon to visit Shakespeare's birthplace (in honour of the Bard's recent 400th anniversary), we drove up to Warwickshire to visit Baddesley Clinton—the estate and grounds where the Granada version of Sherlock Holmes filmed "The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual" back in '86.

It is basically the best episode ever because it involves a treasure hunt,
a super-high Sherlock, and a very uncomfortable Doctor Watson.

Also, Jeremy Brett = pure <3

Back down to the Cotswolds, we spent the night at a BnB near Downton Abbey's Mallerton Hall from S06 (also the Swan Inn where Sybil and Branson stayed to plan their elopement in S03). Had to move swiftly on, though, because the next day we were in Oxford. It is clearly a popular place: Masterpiece Mystery's three series Inspector Morse, Inspector Lewis, and Endeavour have been filmed throughout the city.

Exeter College where (spoiler) Morse topples over onto the green after suffering a fatal heart attack.

The chapel where viewers first see Endeavour, singing in the choir.

Merton Walk, the lane through which Lewis and Hathaway ran after the killer in "Among the Fearful."

At the Buttery café, sitting where Hathaway parked his tookus in two separate episodes of Inspector Lewis.

The entrance to Broad Walk alongside Christ's Church College.
n Harry Potter, many of Hogwarts' interior shots were done here; we got to see
the iconic stairway and walk through the Great Hall that inspired the manufactured set. 

The Bodleian's beautiful Divinity School served as both the Hogwarts infirmary and
the room in which witches & wizards learned to waltz with one another in The Goblet of Fire.

Wrapped up the day by walking through Castle Combe. The village's churchSt. Andrew'sdisplayed a tri-fold poster for Spielberg's Warhorse but ever-so-oddly snubbed Stardust in this regard. <_<

The village of Wall, which gave unto the world(s) Mr. Tristan Thorn.

Bus-toured Bath the following morning. Pictured is the The Royal Crescent
where 'the kiss' scene in Masterpiece's adaptation of Persuasion was shot. :3

We passed through Somerset close by the town of Wells (Hot Fuzz + Doctor Who), and then we were on to Dartmoor National Park!

Hound Tor as seen in "The Hounds of Baskerville" during Sherlock S02.

Out of Dartmoor and into Bodmin—Poldark fans will recognize this atmospheric locale.

This is obviously a blog centered around the silver screen, but I am also a PC gamer and a huge point-and-click adventure game nerd fan. Real-world locations in and around Polperro & Looe influenced games by Shadow Tor Studios and Darkling Room, including Barrow Hill and The Lost Crown series.

The Pendruffle Wood near Duloe.

The Parish Church of St. Cuby's, AKA ‘Northfield Church’.

Poor ol' Nic Gurney has lost his hands.

Just down the street and across the lane is the Duloe Stone Circle
which acted as inspiration for the in-game Barrow. (Yes, that's me. Hullo!)

Took winding, hedgerow'd roads over to Causeland train station, Polvean Wood, Stocks Lane, and Windsor Wood, all of which are locations used by game designer Jonathan Boakes in his Cornwall-based creations.

In real life, Stocks Lane joins Causeland and Duloe, but in-game
it is ‘Raven Lane’ that goes between Northfield Junction (at Sedgemarsh Station) and the Ager House.

Harbour Cottage, The Bear, and The Lighthouse Café.
(Actually just Studio Cottage, an old warehouse, and the House on the Props Café, respectively.)

The gruesome Net Hut/Loft and haunted 'Saxton Caverns'/'Grindle's Maw'.
(Really the 'Willy Wilcox Cave', named after the ghost of a
yup, you guessed itnotorious pirate).

St. Tallanus doubles as the spooky 'Ulcombe Church'.

Even though most of the pictures I am sharing are exterior shots, the gutty-works were just as pretty.

The nationally-protected Kilminorth Wood, home to a certain radio station: 15.3, BHR!

The iconic banjo pier (Martello Tower), offering a view of Looe's beach and the ocean (Saxton shore), and the rocks off of Hannafore Beach (the maze-like Pinnacles).

An oddly familiar antique shop...

A few other productions based on the peninsula are telly series Doc MartinWycliffe, and The Coroner as well as the 1979 feature film Dracula. The latter was filmed at various coastal locations including nearby St. Austell, Mevagissey, and Tintagel. For more info. about those places, check out my previous post.

Anywho, on our way over to Exmouth we passed through Plymouth where Tim Burton shot a portion of Alice in Wonderland at an estate known as Antony House. We then finally arrived at Agatha Christie's holiday home: Greenway.

The location for "Dead Man's Folly"—an episode in the final season of Agatha Christie's Poirot.

2016 marks the one hundred-year anniversary of Poirot's debut. Fancy that!

The Battery and the Boathouse (cookie for the comic reference).

We were quite near where the Agatha Christie's Marple episode "Endless Night" was filmed in Sidmouth, "Towards Zero" & "Sleeping Murder" in Salcombe, as well as scenes from Joan Hickson's "Nemesis" around Devon. Along the same coast lies West Bay where S01-02 of Broadchurch took place. Slightly more inland are a few of the buildings seen in Far from the Madding Crowd. Sadly, we did not have time to visit any of these locations. :'( Time to head home...

Having driven all the way back to Wales for our return flight out of Cardiff Airport, we passed near Caerwent where they filmed a few scenes around the Hydra base in Captain America: The First Avenger. Also of note is nearby Caerphilly Castle which was used as a stock image for Valencia (Princess Isabella’s home) in S01 of Galavant.

Fforest Fawr and the Three Bears Cave, AKA Dewer's Hollow in "The Hounds of Baskerville."
This clearly isn't actually in Dartmoor. It really was creepy as sin, though.
Also used as a location in Merlin's "The Drawing of the Dark."

Last stop: Dunraven Bay in Southerndown, known as 'Bad Wolf Bay' to fans of Doctor Who.
Seen in eps. "Doomsday" & "Journey's End."
i cri evryteim.
Thanks for traveling with us...though apologies for this post's slightly disjointed tone. ^^; It has been a busy couple of weeks since our return and, seeing as how June is nearly over, I had to cobble together something for the blog. Hope you enjoyed the pics regardless.

*All of the photographs featured in this post are my own. Please do not duplicate, repost, or use them in any way without my explicit permission. Thank you. 📸