Planning Our Way

A little while ago I stumbled across a Facebook post about the New Forest Film Festival. This perked my interest because a couple of years ago Evan and I made a little film as we hiked across the National Park in an attempt to reach Salisbury. Once I checked the guidelines for submissions I noticed that we had filmed that hike just a little too long ago to enter it this time around, so without needing much arm twisting we set our sights on making another film.

It would seem rude to go to another park to film a hike for this New Forest Film Festival so we’re going to head across the water again and see what we can do in our nearest National Park.

So here’s the early premise, you tell me if its an idea worth pursuing! Many of our National Parks have long distance trails associated with them. The Two Moors Way in Devon passes through both Dartmoor and Exmoor, Snowdonia, the Brecon Beacons and the South Downs all have their eponymous ways while the New Forest has little more of a stretch of the Solent Way skirting around her borders. We hope to change that.

It’s early days in the planning but we’re looking for a nice circular route starting and finishing in Hythe. The easiest starting points for us would be Hythe or Lymington and as we’ve explored Lymington lots we’re looking forward to the additional ferry ride. At the minute it’s looking to be around 60 miles but we’ll start fixing an actual route in the next couple of weeks. If you know of any less visited but worthwhile places we should include in our route, give us a shout.

Most importantly, we’ve actually started filming. Only little bits to get used to a camera being about but it’s quite good fun. We really want it to be a documentary so we’re not doing takes and cuts and actions. We’re just pressing record than doing what we need to do. Apparently it’s all in the edit anyway.

So stay tuned as we plan a new long distance route and make an award winning film in the process. Hopefully a regular blog post on here and the usual updates and other such stuff on Facebook etc. I’m even considering posting some raw unedited footage on Youtube just for the hell of it.

Published by Robert Jones

I'm a "Hiker Dad" passionate about giving my kids the opportunities to embrace the outdoors through hiking, climbing, paddling and anything else adventurous. Follow our adventures on social media - @justupthetrail

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