Where Christopher Robin played, there lives the enchanted neighborhood of Christopher’s childhood days…
JA wanted to spend her birthday at Ashdown Forest, which is the real Hundred Acre Woods. This is where the Milnes lived and where Christopher Robin grew up . E.H. Shephard came here to create the illustrations for the books, and there are real locations that correspond to the ones that happen in the book. I was very much looking forward to coming here, too, having loved the Pooh books for a long, long time, but I tried not to get my hopes up. Turns out it was more magical than I could have imagined.
A picnic before we started on our hike.
Atop a Very Deep Pit where one might catch Heffalumps
At Gill’s Lap — Galleon’s Lap in the books — where Christopher Robin tells Pooh he has to leave the forest. And where the books end.
Roo’s Sandy Pit
A memorial to A.A. Milne and E.H. Shephard at the Enchanted Place
Eureka! We even found The North Pole on our Expoition
The tree that Tigger got stuck in?
And the very best part — Pooh Bridge. This was the bridge that Christopher Robin played Poohsticks from as a child, and E.H. Shepherd illustrated. So fun.
Ready to drop our sticks in!
Here they come!