"'...But there's a wood just over the top of the hill. I got a glimpse of it last night when we came. Suppose we go up higher now, just you and I, and have a look at it?'
They ran uphill to the summit. The beech hanger lay some little way off to the south-east, on the far side of a grassy track that ran along the ridge."
'Just over the hill' eh? Who's he kidding? You and I to be precise. You are now looking at what he left out. The edge of the down is off to the left, while the scrub 'hedge' alongside the 'grassy' (in fact chalk stoney) track is just visible on the extreme right. Adams joins the two together, missing all this out, which is just as well, as Adams gives the impression that Watership Down is a quiet, tranquil, lonely place:
'Well after dawn they were still sleeping, undisturbed in a silence deeper than they had ever known. Nowadays, among fields and woods, the noise level by day is high - too high for some kinds of animals to tolerate. Few places are far from human noise - cars, buses, motor-cycles, tractors, lorries. The sounds of a housing estate in the morning is audible a long way off. People who record bird-song generally do it very early - before six o'clock - if they can. Soon after that, the invasion of distant noise in most woodland becomes too constant and too loud. During the last fifty years the silence of much of the country has been destroyed. But here, on Watership Down, there floated up only faint traces of the daylight noise below.'
If you were to go to Watership at or before six o'clock then you'd be in for a surprise. That's when these gallops are in full use. Beleive me, racehorses gong flat out make a lot of noise! As do the trainers shouting at the jockeys. So, in order for Adams' pronouncement to make sense he has to remove the gallops, and all their early morning noise and human disturbance, from Watership Down. With them gone the hanger is indeed 'just over the hill', and the rabbits, not nocturnal at this point, judging from Adams' description, can enjoy their blissful lay-in.
Then there's the Hannington TV transmitter mast visible in the first photograph. It doesn't fit the rural idyll Adams is trying to create, so it too is left out. To be honest, it doesn't intrude too much into the view - I could easily have digitally removed it from these photographs - but it does rather stick a metaphorical finger, or two, depending on where you come from, up to nature.
There are just a few more photographs - Another view of the railway arch, and of Watership Down.