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Report 1567: POSTCARD: Winnie the Pooh ... and Tigger too!
By MariaV from UK, Spring 2007
Trip Description: Take a magical trip to the 100 Acre Woods, an easy day trip from London.
Destinations: Countries - United Kingdom; Regions/Cities - London
Categories: Shopping; Sightseeing; Independent Travel
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Fancy feeling like a kid again, even if just for a short time? Well, then take yourself down to Hartfield, England, and discover the magic created years ago by A.A. Milne, just a short 55-minute train ride from London.
It's a little-known fact, but yes, the world of Pooh and Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore, really does exist.
Take the bus number 291 (between East Grinstead and Tunbridge Wells, running approximately hourly, and takes about 10 minutes), and just ask the driver to let you know when you get to Hartfield. The stop will be just down from the shop called Pooh Corner and is located on the main road, where you'll be transported to the world of Christopher. Wander around the Pooh Corner store, where Christopher would come with his nanny and buy his weekly treats. It's said he would ride the mile from his home to the village on his pet donkey, Jessica. In this shop you'll find yourself constantly smiling, as you look around at all the things on display. See original drawings by Milne, and see just how different they were from the present-day Disney fare. Buy a pack of the same treats Christopher had ... the speckled chocolate eggs, a mint flavored candy known as bulls-eyes. Look through the myriad of books, knick-knacks, cups, cutlery, shirts, stuffed characters, drawings, artwork, tapes and CDs. With all those things, maybe it's best to stop at the store afterwards!
And don't forget to have tea outside, weather permitting. Be served your tea in character mugs as you look out over the forest.
When you're finished, get a map of the woods. Yes, there really is a 100-acre wood. It's actually a 500-acre wood called Ashdown Forest, but who cares? Walk through the forest, and pick up some little sticks along the way so that you can play Poohsticks on “Poohstick Bridge.” In case you've forgotten how it's played, there are instructions available at the shop.
There are trails to walk, and many have place markers that give some history of the area, and also of different areas where Christopher would play in this world Milne created for all of us. Remember the days of Christopher Robin as you walk ... if you look closely, you just might see Tigger hopping along ... or maybe hear the rumblings of Eeyore ... shhh, listen carefully.... what was that rustling? Who did that!
Go and play for a little while.
Remember what it was like to imagine you were running the forest and playing with Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet....
See the Pooh Corner Shop (link below) for more information, and to buy online if you can't get there!
Use use the journey planner for London to East Grinstead on the National Rail Enquiries (link below) to plan your train travel.
Maria is a traveler, and has been a hotel manager in Sicily and London. Her main interests are writing and, of course, travel, and refuses to stop until she's made a serious dent in seeing all there is to see! She is a long-time advocate of slow travel, mostly by upping and moving to a new country just for the heck of it, but also thinks spending a few days here-and-there is okay, too.
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