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
The bridge where Charles hid from
Sanders and Jim is easily identifiable, although it has
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
Where to stay: In Monsal
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
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
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.