Charles hears the dog pack

Mad Dog > Locations > Derbyshire > Monsal Dale > Viaduct

under the
hears the
sound of
barking dogs

An arch of the Monsal viaduct

"Soon have every sheep between here and Buxton"
Fenton to Charles


Arriving in the valley, Charles rests his horse beneath the huge span of the viaduct's arches. Taking a drink from his water battle, Charles pauses as he hears the unmistakable sound of an approaching pack of wild dogs a dangerous menace in post-Death Britain.

A close-up
of the

The scene in October 2007

October 2007

The foot
of the
viaduct arch
in question

The scene in December 2002

December 2002


Description: This close-up shot of Charles was set against the base of the viaduct arch nearest the river, with the river on the right of the camera crew (and therefore on Charles' left).

Where is it?: The viaduct spans the valley, and once carried the Manchester to London train on its journey through the Derbyshire dales. This viewpoint of its arches can be reached from a number of directions. It is possible to descend down a very steep and uneven path from the viaduct top to the valley floor. It is also possible to reach the area by following the footpath the leads off the single roadway into the valley from Monsal Head, (passing by the barn in which Charles meets the young girl, and crossing a footbridge) to pass underneath the arches, before turning to look back.

What about access?: The viaduct is open to the public and there are no photographic restrictions. Climbing down from the viaduct top to the valley floor can be treacherous and hard going in when the weather is poor. Travelling along the valley floor footpath provides an easier access route.

Anything else?: The sequences involving Charles' fall from his horse; the first dog attack; and his rescue by Fenton are all staged in this area, beneath the viaduct.  

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09 November 2007