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At the Foot of the Hill,

in June 1983.


Sorry, this should be a shot from the foot of Watership Down.
What the injured Hazel would have seen from the ditch.
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From chapter 28, 'At the Foot of the Hill':

'In the road, he [Hazel] could not climb the bank and had to limp along the verge until he could crawl under a gate. Much later, as they came under the pylon line, he remembered the overgrown ditch at the foot of the hill and set himself to reach it. Once there, he lay down and at once returned to the sleep of total exhaustion.'

You are standing, probably at least, in that ditch looking back to Nuthanger Farm, looking back the way you have come. If you were a rabbit near to death that would seem a very long way indeed - the longest way in your life. However you are not Hazel and so you can look round and see a way through the thin belt of trees, you get out of the ditch and head through the narrow gap. Blackberry here went with Fiver to rescue Hazel, from here he climbed the down to tell the other rabbits that Hazel was still alive.

Watership Down is marketed in the UK as
both an adults’ and a childrens’ book,
everywhere else it is sold only as mainstream
adult fiction. It was intended for, if it was really intended at all, for older children and
younger teens, i.e. 11-14 year olds.

Some adults seem to feel threatened by the idea
that they like a children’s book.
Why? Do you?

Blackberry knows all sorts of interesting facts about Watership Down.

Sorry, this should be a view looking along the lower slopes of Watership Down.
Just a few metres from the ditch, looking along the lower slopes
of Watership Down.
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You have negotiated the trees, it was not so bad as you had anticipated, you may have considered turning onto the footpath that runs along the belt but decided that the time has come to tackle the down itself. Here you pause to look east along the lower slopes of Watership Down. If you're ready, we might go along now. Let's continue the walk and climb the down. Alternatively, why not take a look at this spot on Google maps.

Sorry, this should be a view looking along the lower slopes of Watership Down.
from the same spot, looking the other way along the lower slopes
of Watership Down.
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This is the view west, the other way, along the lower slopes of Watership Down. The Hannington TV mast is just visible.
ReturnClick Bigwig here to return to select another location. It might be best to avoid his ears, his fleas live there!