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Jim, Sanders
and Charles
arrive at
Fenton's
halfway
house

Jim, Sanders and Charles arrive at Fenton's halfway house

"He's got some information, about a friend"
Charles to Jim

 

Having convinced Jim and Sanders to assist their ill friend, Charles accompanies them back to Fenton's halfway house unaware of Charles' suspicions about the likely nature of Fenton's condition.

The rear of
'Fenton's
half-way
house'

The scene in April 2003

April 2003

 

Description: The three riders approach Fenton's halfway house from the rear. The house in question is Air Cottage an isolated farm house (still a working farm, and now offering a bed and breakfast service) near the village of Ilam in Derbyshire.

Where is it?: Air Cottage is located high above the Dovedale gorge, close to the village of Ilam. It is accessible via a number of public footpaths (marked on Ordnance Survey maps of the area) and from a track leading off the road between Ilam and Alstonfield. The entrance to the track (which begins with a cattlegrid) is located on the right hand side near the brow of the first hill after leaving Ilam. The track passes Ilam Tops Farm (Ellen and Ron's Farm) before reaching Air Cottage.

Where's the best vantage point?: The shot is taken from the pathway which leads uphill from the yard in front of the building around the side of the cottage.

What about access?: The public footpath which leads past Ilam Tops Farm towards Air Cottage swings to the right of Air Cottage, before rejoining the main farm track on the far side of the farm. While it is possible to take many Ilam location shots from public pathways, this particular shot is taken on farm property with the permission of the owners.

The owners of Air Cottage have always been very accommodating to Survivors fans, but they do ask, as a courtesy, that visiting fans check with them (in advance or on the day) if they wish to take photographs on farm property. For contact details for Air Cottage, click here. There are public footpaths criss-crossing the area around Ilam and Dovedale, but these should be checked closely to avoid trespassing on private land. It is advisable to carry an OS map when visiting these locations.

Anything else?: When Fenton and Charles first approach Air Cottage, earlier in the episode, they do so from the opposite direction arriving in the yard in front.

The very limited parking at Air Cottage is private, and prior permission should be sought before making use of it. Alternatively, park in Ilam and approach the area on foot. The walk from the centre of Ilam is a fairly steep 30-40 minute climb - either by following the road uphill or (for those comfortable using OS maps) taking one of the footpaths up over the fields..  
 

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08 June 2003