Fantastic views and possibly some rabbits!

Richard Adams’ timeless novel Watership Down about the rabbit families and their adventures draws on his memories of living near the real Watership Down in north Hampshire.

A bridleway, the Wayfarer’s Walk, runs along the ridge of the Down. Other nearby features include the Iron Age hillforts at Ladle Hill, on Great Litchfield Down, immediately to the west, and Beacon Hill a little further on – all great spots for a picnic and glorious views.

A circular walking trail has been launched recently by the Whitchurch Walkers Are Welcome group  to mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Adams’ much-loved modern classic – a lot of good things happened in 1972!  The 24-mile trail will take you past ancient broad leaf woodland, across wide sweeping downland and up to the high chalk ridge and has been mapped to take walkers to some of the book’s locations; the ancient Harroway where Efrafa is located at the ‘crossing point of two bridle paths’, Nuthangar Farm, Watership Down and Hampshire’s famous River Test chalk stream where the rabbits made their way to safety on a raft.


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Circular Walking Trail

Image: Mowing haylage looking towards Watership Down Credit: Lord Carnarvon