Mission Impossible 7 action sequence filmed in the Peak District

Mission Impossible 7 train

The engine on its descent - Credit: Craig Thomas Campbell

An elaborate action sequence for the upcoming Hollywood blockbuster, Mission Impossible 7 is has been filmed in the Peak District.

A quarry, near Stoney Middleton was the location of an action scene involving a huge steam engine that was driven over the quarry edge at high speed,

READ MORE: Discovering historic Stoney Middleton

The cliffs

The cliffs near Stoney Middleton - Credit: Archant

The limestone cliffs that rise above the Stoney MIddleton are famous for a near tragic event which took place in 1762. 

At a spot now known as Lover’s Leap, Hannah Baddeley, who was in her mid-twenties, attempted to take her own life by throwing herself off the top of the cliff. 

Her lover, William Barnsley, had jilted her and she was determined to end it all. However, fate intervened and as she fell her petticoats acted as a parachute and slowed her fall – she escaped with only minor cuts and bruises. Unfortunately Hannah died two years later from natural causes.

From the early 1960s the abandoned limestone quarries in the area began to attract climbers and for many decades these cliffs became the ‘go to’ place for enthusiasts. A route named ‘Our Father’ was established in 1968 which at the time was recognised as one of the hardest climbs in the world.

Stoney Middleton continues to attract climbers but it is not the mecca that it once was. There are over 350 routes in the area with limestone buttresses that reach up to 160 feet (around 50m) high.

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In recent months, a short run of railway track and a huge scaffolding was erected on the side of the southern face of Darlton Quarry the quarry floor had been excavated to create a pool that would be the landing spot for the dummy vehicle as it propelled over the cliff edge.

Hollywood icon, Tom Cruise was spotted by fans on 20th August 2021, shooting the scenes for the 2022 film, just a few weeks after filming in Birmingham's Grand Central shopping centre.

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Mission Impossible 7 train

The engine goes over the cliff edge - Credit: Craig Thomas Campbell

Mission Impossible 7 train

The engine on its descent - Credit: Craig Thomas Campbell

The steam train installation for the new Mission Impossible 7 film

The steam train installation for the new Mission Impossible 7 film - Credit: Tony Holmes

Construction work of the filming site at Darlton Quarry for new Mission Impossible 7 film

Construction work of the filming site at Darlton Quarry for new Mission Impossible 7 film - Credit: Tony Holmes

The short length of track installed for the Mission Impossible 7 action scene at Darley quarry

The short length of track installed for the Mission Impossible 7 action scene at Darley quarry - Credit: Tony Holmes

The dummy steam engine being dragged into place

The dummy steam engine being dragged into place - Credit: Marcus Myers

A track ramp leading to the edge of Darlton Quarry

A track ramp leading to the edge of Darlton Quarry has been erected - Credit: Marcus Myers

One of the rock cliffs near Stoney Middleton

One of the rock cliffs near Stoney Middleton - Credit: Marcus Myers

An abandoned quarry near Stoney Middleton

An abandoned quarry near Stoney Middleton - Credit: Marcus Myers

The track runs off the edge of Darlton Quarry

The track runs off the edge of Darlton Quarry - Credit: Gary Harrison

The track supported by scaffolding

The track supported by scaffolding - Credit: Gary Harrison

The engine has a fine view of the Peak District landscape

The engine has a fine view of the Peak District landscape - Credit: Gary Harrison

The rail track has been set up to propel the engine over the edge of Darlton Quarry

The rail track has been set up to propel the engine over the edge of Darlton Quarry - Credit: Gary Harrison