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Saturday, 5 July 2014

A Short Visit to Winnie the Pooh country

When we were staying at Grandma's at half term the girls and I took ourselves off for a short trip into the countryside. We were off for a little adventure into Winnie the Pooh country - otherwise known as Ashdown Forest.

I have loved Ashdown Forest since I was a child and although I also loved Winnie the Pooh, I'm not sure when I realised that the two were connected. It is only a short drive from Grandma's house though and it seemed like a perfect afternoon out, especially as I am currently reading 'The House at Pooh Corner' to Little Miss for her bedtime story.

playground in Hartfield, Ashdown Forest
The lovely little playground in Hartfield was lots of fun! 
The main aim of the afternoon was to go to Pooh Bridge and play Poohsticks but as I wanted to check that I was going to the right place first we stopped off in the pretty little village of Hartfield where there is the world famous 'Pooh Corner' gift shop and tearooms. We didn't stop for long there though as it was a gorgeous sunny day and the girls were keen to have a quick play in the village playground which had been spotted as we parked the car.

the House at Pooh Corner, Ashdown Forest
There were several 'Eeyore houses' on the path down to Pooh Bridge but we reckoned this was definitely the best.

could this be Eeyore's house?
Little Miss just checking to see if Eeyore was at home in this one! 

Is this a Heffalump footprint?
Now if this isn't a Heffalump footprint I don't know what is! 

playing Poohsticks at the Pooh Bridge, Ashdown Forest
At last - Pooh Bridge - the real, actual, proper one and a chance to play Poohsticks. 

This has to be a fairy door!
In addition to all things Winnie the Pooh we also found a perfect fairy door.
hugging a tree, Pooh Bridge
I have no idea why she was hugging a tree?! 
After tearing them away from the playground we drove the short distance to the Pooh Bridge car park. You can walk there from Hartfield but we didn't really have the time. Once in the small car park there is a clearly marked and easy path down to Pooh Bridge (probably about a 20 minute walk). The girls enjoyed spotting a few 'Eeyore houses' (usually known as dens!) on the way and just generally running about. Pooh Bridge itself was restored a few years ago and is a pretty little bridge over a stream. There were a few people around so we waited our turn to play Poohsticks and to take a couple of pictures but it was hardly heaving! You can continue your walk from here but we returned to the car - with a quick stop at a handy seat on the way back (it is up all the way back) for a breather.

Memorial at the Enchanted Place, Ashdown Forest
The memorial to AA Milne (author) and EH Shepard (illustrator) at the Enchanting Place.

Beautiful view from the Enchanted Place, Ashdown Forest
Fabulous view from the Enchanted Place

Typical Winnie the Pooh country, Ashdown Forest
Exploring typical Winnie the Pooh country (Ashdown Forest) 

Gilleon's Lap or Gill's Lap, Ashdown Forest
Gill's Lap (or Galleon's Lap to Winnie the Pooh)

On top of the world, Ashdown Forest

With another short hop in the car we came to GillsLap car park which is where you can go and see the memorial to A.A. Milne (the author of Winnie the Pooh in case you didn't know!) This is set in the 'Enchanted Place' mentioned in the stories and it is a beautiful spot with a stunning view. We returned slowly to the car after a bit more exploration, spotting Galleon's Lap, some Heffalump traps and Roo's Sandy Place (although we didn't go over the road to Eeyore's sad place and the North Pole). The girls loved it as Ashdown Forest is a very special place, with or without Winnie the Pooh. You can see why A.A. Milne set his stories here,(apart from the fact that he and Christopher Robin lived here) there is a definite magical quality to it.

Linking up with the lovely Coombe Mill for Country Kids:

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall 




15 comments:

  1. What a lovely outing, wonderful to play pooh sticks on the real pooh sticks bridge :) Love the Eeyore houses too! It really is beautiful, those views are stunning x #CountryKids

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  2. I had no idea that there was a real Winnie the Pooh location. Makes sense. One to add to my list. What a thrill to play pooh sticks.on the bridge and find Eeyore's house. A fabulous day out. #CountryKids

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  3. Oh we have to visit! My daughter loves Winnie the Pooh!

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  4. Arrrr this sounds great. The twins would love it they love Pooh bear x

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  5. What a lovely adventure you all had! How wonderful to be able to visit and play pooh sticks on THE bridge and explore all the enchanted places in the beautiful books by AA Milne & EH Shepard. Thanks for linking up and sharing your beautiful photos with Country Kids.

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  6. i think it certainly does look like a heffalumps footprint!

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  7. I'd love to visit here too, looks like a lovely place, and I was a big fan of Winnie the Pooh when I was younger :)

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  8. Wow what a stunning part of the country and gorgeous pictures, the girls certainly look like they enjoyed themselves. #countrykids

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  9. *dodges pooh jokes* What a lovely part of the world for an outing, and your photos are simply stunning.

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  10. You know that Return to Pooh Corner song? Its playing in my head now. Non stop =) #countrykids

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  11. What a fabulous day out and amazing weather you had for it too! We've been here before, such fun. Always loved Winnie the Pooh :)

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  12. Oh wow how lovely, I didn't realise that it was actually a place! How silly of me! It looks amazing and we would love to play pooh sticks on Pooh's Bridge! Awesome - such gorgeous photos too x

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  13. Just popping back from Blog Club :)

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  14. It looks like you had a wonderful day out together, the photos are fabulous. Thanks for sharing, Mich x

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  15. Gorgeous photos. Looks like a lovely place to visit. popping over from www.mummy2monkeys via #LAB

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