Monsal Dale and Ilam, Derbyshire



Mad Dog was filmed in Monsal Dale, near Bakewell and Ilam, near Ashbourne in Derbyshire in early March 1977.

The area beneath the Monsal Dale viaduct was used for the opening scenes in which Charles is attacked by the rabid dogs and subsequently saved by Fenton.



The bridge where Charles hid from Sanders and Jim is easily identifiable, although it has aged markedly.

Fenton's halfway house, where he succumbs in horrific fashion to rabies, is Air Cottage in beautiful Dovedale, near Ilam. Air Cottage has been renovated since filming took place and is now available for Bed and Breakfast (see below).


Directions:
Monsal Head is by the village of Little Longstone about 4 miles from Bakewell. There is a small car park here and a larger one further back. If you fancy a walk through Monsal Dale try the following link for details. Air Cottage can be reached from the A515 out of Ashbourne. At Ilam turn right at the memorial Stone to Alstonfield.


Where to stay: In Monsal Dale Heron Cottage is available on a weekly or three nights basis. Bed and breakfast is also available here. If you want to follow in the footsteps of Charles, why not stay at Air Cottage itself and hope that you don't wake in the morning with a fear of water!



Acknowledgements:
Thanks to Chris Barker for his photo of Air Cottage, Bob Meade for the photo of the Monsal Dale Viaduct and to Rich Cross for his great photos of his wintry trip to 'Mad Dog Country' earlier this year.


2003 trip: A trip to Monsal Dale and Ilam, organised by Rich Cross for Survivors fans, is planned for April 25th and 26th 2003. For more details visit Rich's website 'Mad Dog' which is dedicated to this episode.



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