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En route in the snow storm

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Charles
and Fenton
clash
over
humanity's
fate

Charles and Fenton battle through the snowstorm

"You are a nihilist"
Charles to Fenton

 

En route to Fenton's half-way house, he and Charles debate their very different views of the future and of the fate awaiting humanity. As they battle through a snow storm, Charles learns that Greg Preston had visited Fenton not long ago, and been directed to nearby coal supplies. Fenton is suprised to learn that his visiting 'fanatic' had been telling the truth about his trip to Norway.

The
hillside
above the
Monsal
viaduct

The scene in April 2003

April 2003

Charles
is appalled
by Fenton's
cynicism

Charles and Fenton battle through the snowstorm

"Charles are you afraid?"
Fenton to Charles

The
distinctive
twisted
tree

The scene in April 2003

April 2003

Charles
learns
of Greg
Preston's
visit

Charles and Fenton battle through the snowstorm

"No, I'm angry"
Charles to Fenton

Fallen
trees
now mark
the spot

The scene in April 2003

April 2003

 

Description: In this sequence, Charles and Fenton work their way on horseback down a rolling hillside landscape, passing several distinctive landmarks in an area just above the Monsal viaduct.

Where is it?: To reach this hillside, first find the intersection of footpaths and gates on the far side of the viaduct at the opposite end to the tunnel mouth. This point can be reached in several ways: by taking the footpath from the top of Monsal Head and crossing the viaduct; by climbing up one of the steep footpaths to the far side of the viaduct from the valley floor; or by approaching the viaduct from the opposite end of the valley, along the Monsal Trail and past the site of the old railway station.

At this footpath junction, take the only path leading sharply uphill (on the left, when facing away from the tunnel entrance). Climb the path until it opens out into fields; and then walk slightly downhill, further into the valley.

What's the best vantage point?: Identify the distinctive twisted tree (pictured above), and the camera positions for the entire of the sequence will become clear.

What about access?: This area is fully accessible to the public, although there is a short steep climb from the viaduct top to reach it.

Anything else?: The sequence of Charles falling from his horse as he flees the three riders was filmed on the same hillside, although taking a very different vantage point. It seems certain that the two sequences will have been filmed one after another.

A quarter-of-a-century has changed the layout of the landscape significantly but there is no question that this is the exact spot where the sequence was filmed, during a freezing snowstorm in January 1977.

This location was confirmed by fans during the Mad Dog 2003 trip, on April 26.  
 

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11 May 2003