|From chapter 47, 'The Sky Suspended':
''It's too fast for me!'
he [Dandelion] thought. 'It's going to catch me!'...'I shall have to double,'
he though desperately. 'But if I do it will hunt me up and down the lane
and the man will call it off, or else I shall have to lose it by going through
the hedge: then the whole plan will fail.'
|In actual fact Dandelion covered three hundred yards to the cattle-shed in a good deal less than half a minute.'|
We shall leave Dandelion to get his breath
back and to ponder on his dilemma. This shot was taken from the Nuthanger
track by the site of the shed that Dandelion darted into. It can be seen
behind me in the photograph taken from the down on the index page. Between
my first visit in 1981 and the trip just over one year later when I took
this photograph the shed burned down leaving only charred remains, which
still lies like a septic scar beside the track. Realistically, Dandelion
should not have run down the road, he would have much more likely gone along the field.
Watership Down - Yes this really is Watership Down. For those who have seen the film, this photograph is not the wrong way round. The Honeycomb would have been among the trees that are just visible on the summit.
|If we walk on down the track to the road and cross it we see this view of Watership Down (taken in 1981). You can just see a path that leads to the foot of the down past an isolated bush and the pylon, if you walk along this path and go through the gap in the line of trees you are faced with the dramatic and exhilarating prospect of actually climbing Watership Down. Go on, try that walk now.||
Watership is part of a ridge of downs, the one off camera to the right (west) is Hare Warren Down while the continuation of Watership to the left is Cannon Heath Down. If anything, the film depicted Cannon Heath, or just a simplified version of Watership; have a look at the film picture below:
The Down as it appears in the 1978 film.