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|In the pawsteps of Winnie-the-Pooh|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 22 Sep 2014||Walk rating : Rating:|
|East Sussex, Ashdown Forest|
|A 5.5 mile circular trail around Ashdown Forest, the setting for the Winnie-the-Pooh stories written by AA Milne. The route gives you chance to immerse yourself in the world of Pooh and his friends. Play Poohsticks at Pooh Bridge, explore the 100 Aker Wood and visit Eeyore’s Gloomy Place. For those less interested in the Pooh connection (shame on you!) there is lots more on offer. Ashdown Forest's origins lie as a medieval hunting forest, created soon after the Norman conquest, and today its 9.5 square miles are the largest area of open access land in the south east. You will pass through beautiful beech woodland and vast areas of ancient open heath where you will be rewarded with glorious views of the surrounding High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. |
The walk includes several steady but long climbs and descents throughout. The paths, whilst mainly firm, can run with water and be quite muddy in part after periods of rain and in winter. You will need to negotiate a couple of gates plus two stiles (both of which have gaps underneath that should be suitable for most dogs to pass under). You will pass-by some sheep grazing areas and horse paddocks which are fenced with electric fencing so take care with children and dogs at these points. The forest is home to a large deer population and the heath supports ground nesting birds so dogs need to be kept under close control. There are no toilets or other facilities on route. Approximate time 2.5 hours.
The walk starts and finishes at the Gills Lap free car park within Ashdown Forest, East Sussex. The car park is located at the junction between Chuck Hatch Road (B2026) and Kidds Hill, just a few miles south of the village of Hartfield. Nearest post code TN22 3JD (although this will take you a little too far south).
|Start to Gills Lap Stone|
Start point: 51.0644 lat, 0.0928 long
Standing in the Gills Lap car park, with your back to the vehicle entrance from the main B2026, turn right along the grass ride. You will pass a stone-mounted map and a small copse of trees to the left and a bench to the right. As paths merge in from both sides, keep ahead to join the wider track which leads you between gorse bushes.
|Gills Lap Stone to Pooh Bridge|
Start point: 51.0696 lat, 0.0961 long
When you’ve finished admiring the views from Gills Lap, go back out to join the main track and continue your journey downhill. Some way down, you will come to a bench and small copse ahead. Keep on the main track which skirts just to the left of this.
|Pooh Bridge to B2026|
Start point: 51.0854 lat, 0.0978 long
When you’ve finished your game of Poohsticks, turn round and begin to retrace your steps back towards Pooh Car Park, crossing back over the wooden sleeper bridge. Further up the slope, take the first footpath signed off to the left, a sharp left turn. This will lead you to a stile at the edge of the woodland.
|B2026 to Open Heath|
Start point: 51.0809 lat, 0.1052 long
Pass the vehicle gates for The Paddock on the left and continue just a few more paces until you are opposite the red garden gate for The Paddocks. Fork right here onto the signed footpath, a narrow stone and dirt path which heads down a slope into the woodland.
|Open Heath to End|
Start point: 51.0707 lat, 0.1096 long
The views to the right across the heath open up and you will be able to see for miles to the west on clear days. Stay on this grass and sand track, following the line of the forest edge on the left with bracken and open heath on the right.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2014 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
My wife and I done this walk on Saturday 20th February 2016. It was wet under foot as expected in places but we loved it. Going back with the children in the summer.
|By Crunch70 on 2016-03-03 08:14:30|
John Porter: iFootpath does top notch walks with easy to follow, logical directions. It is a great app and I heartily recommend it. This was a lovely walk with plenty of great Pooh locations especially Eeyore's gloomy place of bogs and dead trees which was actually cheery as could be in the bright March sunlight. Cheery but DRAMATIC. Also as Jo Porter said it gave us endless opportunities to talk about POOH.
|By Facebook on 2016-03-13 19:17:58|
We did this walk this morning in the beautiful spring sunshine. Ate our lunch by the river at the end of section 3. Just perfect
|By kirstyvines on 2016-04-02 16:44:23|
Completed this walk yesterday, what a fabulous way to spend a sunny afternoon. The app made life very easy for me, someone with no sense of direction, scenery was breathtaking and those fellow walkers I met along the way were of the same mind. My highlight was in the 100 Aker Wood, a deer with her fawn, magical.
|By truffles on 2016-08-22 11:28:56|
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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