What do these movies have in common with Offa’s Dyke Path?
Can you guess what strings these Movies, books, and shows together?
- The Wind and Willows
- Winnie the Pooh
- Harry Potter
- Wuthering Heights
- Downton Abbey.
The Wind and the Willows & Winnie the Pooh
Illustrator Ernest Shepard depicts the beautiful United Kingdom in both Winnie the Pooh and The Wind in the Willows. As a child, these places seemed so very magical and foreign to me.
My mother and I share a love for Hitchcock movies. Rebecca, Set in Cornwall and Monte Carlo yet filmed in California, this one of my all time favorites. Rebecca won two Oscars for Best Picture and Best Cinematography (ironic, huh?)
Ode to the moors
Wuthering Heights is like an ode to the moors and their mystery. What a great film to watch on a rainy day under the covers and drinking tea.
I bounded, leaped, and flew down the steep road [from Wuthering Heights]; then, quitting its windings, shot direct across the moor, rolling over banks, and wading through marshes: precipitating myself, in fact, towards the beacon-light of the Grange.
Worthy of a fantastical film
The landscape of Wales is worthy of the JK Rowling’s Fantasy series Harry PotterThe seventh in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, the set for Shell Cottage was built on site, in Pembrokeshire, Wales The entire cottage is built of seashells.
Luna Lovegood: “It’s beautiful here.”
Downton Abbey Vacations
Downton Abbey has a huge following, so much so, the Welsh tourism industry has found a way to market Wales to Downton Abbey fans. Wales Online, even has a list of locations you can visit to experience life, reminiscent of Downton Abbey.
Often, on this hike, I felt as if I was in familiar territory, though it was my first visit. Looking into these films that came to mind I found the common thread. All were settings in the United Kingdom, for books or movies which had made an impact on my memories.
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