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Charles rides off at speed

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at speed
as the riders
close in

Charles flees on horseback as the riders close in

"The dog wasn't frothing"
Charles to Ellen


As the Sanders' gang close in, Charles gallops away once again leaving the farm behind.

Ilam Tops Farm,
the roadway

The scene in May 2003

May 2003


Description: This is the trackway leading past Ilam Tops Farm the real-life location of Ellen and Ron's farm, located 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 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 by Ilam Tops Farm before reaching Air Cottage a little further on. The avenue of trees is clearly visible on the right just before the farm.

Where's the best vantage point?: This shot is taken on the public footpath from a position close to the main gate of Ilam Tops Farm, looking in the direction of the roadway, and away from Air Cottage.

What about access?: The track which leads past Ilam Tops Farm is a public footpath so there are no access restrictions when taking this particular shot.

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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08 June 2003