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Charles collapses in the snow

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and falls
in the snow

Exhausted, Charles collapses in the snow

"Bad doggie!"
Ron to Charles


As the injuries, exertions and exhaustion take their inevitable toll, Charles finally succumbs and collapses in the snow amidst an avenue of tall trees his fate apparently sealed.

The avenue
of trees

The scene in March 2003

March 2003

The avenue
of trees
in late

The scene in May 1999

May 1999


Description: The avenue of trees is located between Air Cottage (Fenton's 'half-way house') and Ilam Tops Farm (Ellen and Ron's farm) just outside the village of Ilam in Derbyshire.

Where is it?: Ilam Tops Farm is reached by an unsurfaced track leading off the road between Ilam and Alstonfield. 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 avenue of trees is clearly visible on the right just past the farm.

Where's the best vantage point?: This shot is taken from close to the front gates of Ilam Tops farm, looking across an open field in the direction of the avenue.

What about access?: The track which leads past Ilam Tops Farm is a public footpath, so as long as the path is kept to, there are no access restrictions. A public footpath also leads down the avenue of trees.

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 of the area when visiting these locations.

Anything else?: There is no approved parking space at or close to Ilam Tops Farm. 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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01 April 2003