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Ellen leaves Charles hidden

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out of the

Ellen rushes off to meet the riders

"It's hardly broken the skin!"
Ellen to Charles


As Charles dives for cover beneath the hay, Ellen climbs the ladder out of the barn to intercept the approaching riders.

ladder 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?: This shot is taken from a position outside and above the barn, looking down through the hatchway. In the episode, it is implied that this hatchway leads directly to the front farmyard. In reality, it leads to the rear of the farm.

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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26 May 2003