“You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”
– Winnie the Pooh
Hundred Acre Wood is the home of the very much loved Winnie the Pooh and friends. Did you know you can actually visit 100 Acre Wood?!
Yes, you can indeed go to the Ashdown Forest in Sussex, England and hang out in the beautiful 6,500 acre woodland.
Pssst….did you know you can visit Hundred Acre Wood as a day trip from London?
It is the best place for Winnie the Pooh fans to visit and appreciate the inspiration that A.A Milne took from Ashdown Forest and transported into the enchanting stories of Winnie the Pooh.
Even if you’re not a fan, (which would be hard to believe), Ashdown Forest has plenty of walking trails as well as some stunning views and picnic areas.
Many visitors head to Pooh Bridge, made famous in the stories by the Pooh Sticks game.
If you can take your own sticks down, found earlier on, it’s best. Due to the popularity of the bridge and the games, sticks are in short supply! There is a free car park at the top of Pooh Bridge, although it is big, it can get busy in the summer.
Other spots to find are the Heffalumps Trap, Roo’s Sandy Pit, Galleon’s Lap, Where the North Pole was (and might be!) and just maybe, perhaps, you might spy Eeyore, Tigger, Roo, Piglet or even Pooh himself.
Don’t forget to find Pooh’s house, knock on his door and see if anyone is home. No doubt he’ll be off in search of one of his friends, or quite likely, a jar of honey.
Ashdown Forest Walks
For walking routes in the Ashdown Forest you can download some via their website for a small donation, or pick some up at the Forest Centre on arrival.
Pooh Treks and Tours
If you would rather a local Winnie the Pooh expert showed you around all the best spots you can book a private Winnie the Pooh tour.
Pooh Treks offer a choice of 2 tours;
Classic Pooh Trek – a 5 hour guided tour for up to 6 people. You will get your own private tour guide/driver to show you the classic Winnie the Pooh locations including Galleon’s Leap, North Pole, 100 Acre Wood, the Heffalump Trap and of course Pooh Sticks Bridge.
You will also visit Hartfield village and have lunch at either Piglets Tea Room or a local 15th century village pub (not included in price).
You will also visit Pooh Corner and visit the Pooh-seum.
Pooh Trek, Sheffeld Park Estate and Gardens, Bluebell Railway – a 6 hours 30 minutes guided tour that includes the Pooh Trek as well as Sheffield Park Estate and Gardens, followed by a steam train ride on the Bluebell Railway back to East Grinstead station.
Hartfield Village and Pooh Corner
Visiting Hartfield village is a must!
It’s home to Pooh Corner, a lovely little tea room shop and ‘Pooh-seum,’ a museum dedicated to all things Pooh.
You can purchase Winnie the Pooh souvenirs including pictures, illustrations and other items. The staff are very friendly and helpful, with maps and advice on where to go.
The cafe is highly recommended, with a brilliant Pooh inspired menu, selling lots of delicious food and snacks.
Good To Know
There are a number of car parks dotted around Ashdown Forest. It’s best to either head for Pooh Corner in Hartfield (TN7 4AE) or Ashdown Forest Centre (RH18 5JP) for maps and directions.
In The Area
If you can drag yourself away from the magic of Ashdown Forest, there are plenty of other places to visit in the area.
- The Bluebell Railway
- Groombridge Place
- Royal Tunbridge Wells
- Hever Castle & Gardens
- The coastal destinations of Eastbourne and Brighton are about 30 miles further south.
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