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Rabbit encircled by route nameWatership Down Trail


37 km / 23 miles
A circular trail exploring the landscape immortalised in Richard Adam's classic novel 'Watership Down'.

Along the trail you will pass some of the actual book locations; the ancient Harroway where Freefolk and Whitchurch 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.

The route shown here includes the short options east to the Richard Adams memorial plaque on Watership Down and west to the Iron Age hillfort on Ladle Hill.

The open chalk and flint downland at the start of the walk records human activity from the neolithic period through to the age of steam; this is a landscape crossed by ancient tracks and country lanes where millennia of itinerant chapmen or pedlars once plied their trade. You will enjoy long views across agricultural fields to the chalk ridges; listen out for the call of the skylark high above the fields heralding your approach.

A route guide is offered for free download in PDF format on the links below with mapping and detailed instructions.

The route has been developed by Walkers are Welcome - Whitchurch to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of the novel.

Source: Walkers are Welcome - Whitchurch


Waymark: Rabbit encircled by route name
Path Type: Other Paths
Waymark: Rabbit encircled by route name
Attributes: Challenging
Agricultural land
Start and Finish: SU463489 - Whitchurch railway station, Whitchurch, Hampshire View on StreetMap
Open Date: 2023
Web Sites: Whitchurch - Walk Leaflets Walkers are Welcome - Whitchurch


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps:
OS Landranger 174, 185
OS Landranger Active 174, 185
OS Explorer 144
OS Explorer Active 144

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Route Profile:

36.4 km (22.6 miles)
637 m (2,090 ft) ascent
231 m (758 ft)  maximum height

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