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Charles awakes in chains

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in Ellen and
Ron's barn

Charles awakens on the floor of Ellen and Ron's barn

am I?"
to Ellen


Charles awakens chained-up on the floor a farm barn, as Ellen alerted to his plight by Ron and carried to the safety of their home gently (and then reassuringly) quizzes him about his possible rabies infection.

trough in
the barn
at Ilam Tops

The scene in April 2003

April 2003


Description: This barn is located at Ilam Tops Farm in Derbyshire the filming location used for both the 'interiors' and 'exteriors' 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.

Where's the best vantage point?: Inside the barn, the camera positions for each of the shots in the sequence are easily identifiable. The trough, visible in the photograph above, is the same one as Dennis Lill was chained up to during filming in 1977. It the episode, it appears on the other side of the barn, close to the wooden ladder visible in later shots.

What about access?: Ilam Tops Farm is a private residence. Under no circumstances should fans trespass on the farm grounds. It is possible to view all of the 'exterior' sequences shot around the farm from the public footpath.

There are public footpaths criss-crossing the area around Ilam and Dovedale, but these should always 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?: The farm dogs at Ilam Tops Farm can be both fierce and noisy but are always chained up on the premises!

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.

This private interior location was viewed, for the first time during an organised Survivors location trip, during 'Mad Dog 2003' in April. Photographs of the barn are reproduced here with the kind permission of Mr James Burton, of Ilam Tops Farm.  

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25 May 2003