The flight to the River Test,
in March 1982.
You are looking along the railway line; the roadless railway arch lies in the dip ahead of you.
The river Test is to the left, while Efrafa is on the right, over the railway. Ahead, in the dip,
is the spot where Bigwig confronted Woundwort in the rain and thunder.
Just south of the railway line, where Bigwig confronted Woundwort
and Kehaar attacked.
From chapter 38, 'The Thunder Breaks':
'Along one side of
the field, beside the elms, farm tractors had pounded a broad, flat path downhill
towards the water-meadow below - that same path up which he had run three nights before,
after had had left Hazel by the boat. It was turning muddy now - unpleasant going for rabbits - but
at least it lead straight to the river and was open enough for Kehaar to spot them should he turn up.'
Turn up he did. So did Silver, and he and Bigwig urged the Efrafan does
to move on, to the left in this photo, towards the river. Here's another photo, taken from the same spot, but
looking towards the river, which flows left to right in the dip in the middle distance. Try to imagine this
scene in drenching rain...
Mr. Adams says he got so carried away by
the Efrafan adventure that he wrote it all in one
long session. He says he was so excited about
writing about Thlayli-rah's escape that he
couldn't stop writing!
Me? What was I doing? Well, I was waiting
just down the slope, on the way to the river,
then it was Bluebell, with Fiver-rah right by
Towards the river Test; the escapees route to safety.
Looking back towards the arch from the corner of the trees near the river.
The rabbits would have run straight across this scene.
Bigwig here to return to select another location. It might be best to avoid his ears,
his fleas live there!