7 miles (AA walk) or 10-and-a-half miles or 2 walks of 6 and 6-and-a-half miles (Fancy Free Walks)
mostly easy walking
good pubs and cafes in Hartfield, ice cream vans often in car parks along route at Gills Lap and King’s Standing
Pooh Corner Shop and tea rooms/garden in Hartfiled
These walks explore the haunts of AA Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh and his much-loved friends. The AA walk takes in undulating farmland and dense woodland on its way the fine village of Hartfield and Pooh Bridge for a game of Pooh Sticks. The Fancy Free Walk replicates much of the AA walk but is far more extensive taking in more of the Classic Pooh sights such as Eeyore’s Gloomy Place, Roo’s Sandy Pit and the Enchanted Place, all landmarks in the Pooh stories. Another highlight is a memorial to AA Milne, the author of the stories (at the place where he – and Pooh Bear in the stories – used to sit) and EH Shepard , the illustrator, where there are fine views over heathland.
one fairly steep climb, can be boggy around Eeyore’s Gloomy Place!
ice cream van often in car park
These two walks are classic Ashdown Forest walks in Winnie-the-Pooh Country. This is the part of the forest that features the places that most inspired A A Milne when he wrote the Pooh stories, and is fine heathland with some excellent views. The shorter walk takes in The Enchanted Place and the Sandy Pit and is suitable for younger children, whilst the longer walk descends to the North Pole and Eeyore’s Sad and Gloomy Place. Another highlight is a memorial to AA Milne (at the place where AA Milne used to sit and Pooh bear in the stories) and EH Shepard , the illustrator, to commemorates the stories, which reads:
“and by and by they came to an enchanted place on the very top of the forest called Galleons Lap”
This is walk one in the Exploring Ashdown Forest by Foot series of attractive and informative leaflets.
Pooh Bridge is quite a walk away but only a short drive and is also worth a stop for a game of Pooh Sticks. See Pooh’s Ashdown Forest Walk for details of how to get there and for the option for a longer walk near this part of the Forest.