On my usual quest to find family days out near Tunbridge Wells, I decided it was high time to visit Pooh Sticks Bridge in the Ashdown Forest, East Sussex….
After spotting Pooh Corner in Hartfield on the way to visit a friend last week, I was keen to return to find out where Pooh Sticks Bridge is in the Ashdown Forest and to visit the places I had read about as a child in the wonderful Winnie-the-Pooh stories by A.A Milne.
The Milne family moved from their town house in Chelsea, London, to Cotchford Farmhouse in 1924 and Pooh Corner, now a lovely tea rooms and shop, was the very place where Christopher Robin Milne used to visit with his Nanny for bulls-eyes as a child!
Pooh Corner shop specialises in Winnie-the-Pooh and is home to the world’s biggest selection of “Pooh-phernalia” – it’s lovely to wander around the shop to see all of the Pooh products!
The staff were able to give us lots of information on how to get to Pooh Sticks Bridge in the Ashdown Forest and provided us with a detailed map and directions (for 50p) as well as a ‘Pooh Country Expotition’ (for 75p) with a beautiful map showing Pooh’s favourite places known at the ‘Enchanted Places’ and a ‘Pooh Corner’ sticker for each child who visits all five locations.
Anyway…….on to Pooh Sticks Bridge in the Ashdown Forest!
The walk from the Pooh Sticks Bridge car park down to Pooh Sticks Bridge in the Ashdown Forest didn’t disappoint!
It started to rain quite heavily on our way back up to the car, and after breaking our umbrella and discovering my youngest son had an explosive nappy (oh the joy!), we decided to save the rest of the Enchanted Places for our next visit.
If you decide to go to Pooh Sticks Bridge in the Ashdown Forest, I can highly recommend stopping off in Hartfield to visit Pooh Corner and the playground in the centre of the village is lovely too – definitely a budget friendly day out close to Tunbridge Wells 🙂