Fleeing Fenton's delirium

Mad Dog > Locations > Derbyshire > Monsal Dale > Weir

Jim and Sanders
flee the rabid

The group flee down a steep hillside heading for the safety of the riverbank

"You maniac it's rabies!"
Sanders to Charles


On their arrival at Fenton's half-way house, Charles, Sanders and Jim discover that Fenton has slipped his bonds and is now in the full throws of a rabies' infection. As he lunges at them, the group flee for their lives, charging full-pelt down the hillside away from the house.

The hillside
at the height of the spring

The scene in May 2007

May 2007

The hillside
in the autumn

The scene in October 2007

October 2007


Description: The sequence in which the group flee the half-way house, charging down the hillside and coming to a halt by the top of the weir, is filmed as one continuous segment. Although scarcely recogniseable here, this is the hillside down which Charles, Sanders and Jim descend at some speed in their flight from Fenton.

Where is it?: The weir is in the heart of the Monsal valley, about 5-10 minutes walk from the base of the viaduct along the bank of the river.

Where's the best vantage point?: It is straightforward to replicate the position of the camera crew and recreate the shot as it was filmed.

What about access?: Access is free and unlimited. There are no restrictions on photography.

Anything else?: The weir is first seen earlier in the episode, when Charles collects water for the feverish Fenton after their night at his half-way house. Charles collects water from the far side of the water fall on a stone platform a few feet from this location. Although in the episode the locations are adjacent, in reality Fenton's half-way house is many miles away, near the village of Ilam.  

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