Hinterlands: A fixed gear cycling film
Way back at the beginning of summer, Dave and I got up at 4am to head over to Dartmoor and meet local filmmakers Callum Earnshaw and Amanda Bluglass. Getting up early is really not my bag at all – seeing as I’m freelance and do much of my work from home, I’ve got used to extra time in bed in place of a commute. But clutching a Thermos of tea as I blinked the last of the sleep from my heavy eyes, at 5am I was stood at the foot of Haytor and it became clear why we’d risen before dawn.
Dartmoor is a really special place, an area that’s at once wild and very accessible. Shaped over the centuries by man and the elements, Dartmoor has a particular atmosphere that’s a little hard to describe without sounding a bit whacky. To me it feels peaceful and mysterious but also just ever so slightly ‘other’ or ‘apart;’ it’s not an ordinary place and somehow commands respect. Whether that’s to do with the weather that’s prone to dramatically change without warning, the presence of numerous neolithic stone circles and monuments or simply my own fantasy, I don’t know. I’d suggest you just visit and breathe it all in.
We decided to make a video showing the mystical beauty of Dartmoor and the simple yet profound pleasure of riding a bike through such a landscape. Both Dave and I and the film crew filmed this project just for the love of it. I hope you enjoy watching!