Searching for Winnie The Pooh – A morning in Hartfield

Deep in the hundred acre wood
Where Christopher Robin plays
You will find the enchanted neighbourhood
Of Christopher’s childhood days
A donkey named Eeyore is his friend
And Kanga and little Roo
There’s Rabbit and Piglet
And there’s Owl
But most of all Winnie the Pooh

My whole childhood is etched with Winnie the Pooh teddy bears, video tapes and even the song available on a cassette. It was our favorite, even as a family. My mum adored it, and me and my sister were pretty stoked when it came out of the video cupboard on the occasional afternoon!

As I’ve grown up, I have realised how close to home I am to the real story of Winnie The Pooh. Hartfield is just over 45minutes from my childhood home, and we often ventured to the magical wood as a child.

If you are a fan of Winnie the Pooh, much like me, the 100 acre wood couldn’t be any more magical. And the fact the fictional land is based upon a real place in which Christopher Robin played as a child, and somewhere you can explore yourself, is even better.

With Pooh Sticks bridge, the enchanted place, Roo’s sandpit and ofcourse Pooh Corner Tearooms, visiting the real place makes a perfect bank holiday weekend activity.

So if you fancy a venture yourself, or discovering the marvelous story of the tubby bear, here’s everything to know when visiting the real 100 acre wood.

Pooh Corner

The great thing is that everything is in walking distance – if you’re prepared to walk. In the 28 degree heat however, we decided to park and walk to what we wanted to explore. All parking is free including at Pooh Corner, which I advise is where you start.

Pooh Corner is actually the local shop Christopher Robin visited when he was a child, so it’s only fitting its now the infamous Pooh shop and tea room filled with gifts, books and even a museum.

Ps. here you can grab a handy map of the forest including car parks and hotspots.

Pooh Bridge

After grabbing our map we headed to Pooh Bridge – to play Pooh Sticks of course. The infamous spot, especially in summer, is a pretty busy one. What’s more, it’s hard to find sicks on the route to the bridge so its advised you take your own. We nabbed some wooden stirrers from Starbucks before our trip, which FYI made fantastic Pooh Sticks.

tip. Get your sprogs to colour the end of their stirrer to make it easier to establish who’s is who’s!

After the short walk through the forest, we decided to head to another infamous spot for the classic Winnie the Pooh tales – The enchanted place. Again, the heat was a little too much, so we decided to take the short drive to Piglets car park.

The Enchanted Place

We ended our summer walk under the trees in the enchanted place. Perched atop a hill, it was a stunning spot to look over the forest and the 100 acre wood! From here we settled with some homemade snacks before heading back to the aircon in the car!

Our very short wander of famous Winnie The Pooh hotspots may have been shorter than anticipated, they made a great bank holiday activity. Bearing in mind the heat, heading here in autumn would be utterly perfect. I think we will be heading back late September for sure!

My top tip would be heading to Pooh Corner before anywhere else. To say that map was a life saver would be a understatement. Thanks to that nifty map, we managed to find spots I had never even been to – even as a avid fan of the tubby bear! So, if you’re a fan, or even just aware of Winnie The Pooh, this is certainly a trip to make.

Have you ever been to Pooh Bridge? Somewhere you fancy heading? As always, share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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