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Velo Quest - Watership Down 2020

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Welcome to this weeks Newbury Velo Quest.

As before, although we'll be complying with social distancing guidelines, that doesn't mean we can't share our experiences back on our Facebook page

The theme this week is the popular book and film "Watership Down". The writer Richard Adams would have been 100 this month, so this is good time to celebrate this local author. We have 20, 33 and 50 mile routes prepared for you which are available to download below.

Watership Down, was based around our area and follows the fortunes of a group of rabbits who are forced to flee their burrow in Sandleford (The Retail Park/Tesco) due to construction. Just like the bunnies, you will be starting from the retail park. You'll cross the River Enbourne near the Swan pub just as the rabbits did and will then go on to visit Nuthanger farm where the rabbits were terrorised by the farm cat and dog but also found some nice female rabbits. This would be a good place for a photo, but note that the short dirt road that leads to the farm is only a designated footpath so best to walk with your bike for this 100 yards or so.

Just south of here you'll also be at Watership Down, so another photo of this beautiful part of the our countryside would be great. Riders on the 50 mile route will also ride along the Test Valley where our hero rabbits escaped their pursuers on a raft. The 33 and 50 mile rides have been designed to show you some of the other great countryside beyond Watership Down.

As before we'd love to see your photos, and anyone posting one on our Facebook pages will be entered into the amazing prize draw (Newbury Velo water bottles are amazing). Anyone who includes elements of rabbit fancy dress (ears, facepainting etc) will have a TRIPLE CHANCE OF WINNING the bottle.

20 Mile route:

33 Mile route:

50 Mile route:

gpx files are also available here: