Arriving at the house
"I'm quite enjoying our discussion"
Keen to read Fenton's notebooks, Charles accompanies him to his halfway house — to spend the night before travelling on to Fenton's home. They arrive as the dusk is giving way to night.
Description: Fenton and Charles approach the front of Fenton's 'halfway house'. The house in question is Air Cottage — an isolated farm house (still a working farm, and now offering a bed and breakfast service) near the village of Ilam in Derbyshire.
Where is it?: Air Cottage is located high above the Dovedale gorge, close to the village of Ilam. It is accessible via a number of public footpaths (marked on Ordnance Survey maps of the area) and from a 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.
Where's the best vantage point?: The shot is taken from the pathway which leads past Ilam Tops Farm (Ellen and Ron's Farm) and towards Air Cottage.
What about access?: The public footpath which leads past Ilam Tops Farm towards Air Cottage swings to the right of Air Cottage, before rejoining the main farm track on the far side of the farm. While it is possible to take many Ilam location shots from public pathways, it is important to avoid trespassing whilst visiting the area. This particular shot is taken from the public footpath.
The owners of Air Cottage have always been very accommodating to Survivors fans, but they do ask, as a courtesy, that visiting fans check with them (in advance or on the day) if they wish to take photographs on farm property. For contact details for Air Cottage, click here. 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 when visiting these locations.
Anything else?: When Charles returns to the house later with Sanders and Jim, all three approach the house from the opposite direction.
The development of Air Cottage since the days that Mad Dog was filmed is evident in the photo above — with an extensive garden and fenced-off farm areas now clearly visible. The waymark sign in the centre-right of the picture indicates the direction that the public footpath takes as it nears the house.
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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