Our final vacation stop during our 1994 trip to England, was to Poohsticks Bridge in the Hundred Acre Wood in Ashdown Forest – which is between Crawley and Royal Tunbridge Wells, south of London – here David stands on the Poohsticks Bridge plaque stone marker at the parking lot alongside the road.
We stopped the car at a small remote dirt parking lot beside the road, and began the long hike through Hundred Acre Woods of perhaps a mile or more to the Poohsticks Bridge – and here David stands by the Pooh Bridge trail sign that gets us started on our way.
We came across the remote parking lot completely by accident, and went hiking down the path into the Hundred Acre Wood without any information except for the plaque and the Pooh Bridge sign to mark the trail – which David stands beside here in this picture.
The trail through the Hundred Acre Wood was a mystery to us with no map or information to show us the way – immersing us in the world of Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin – here David stands beside the forest trail.
David stands beside the trail through the Hundred Acre Wood, which was a beautiful trail into the classic Ashdown Forest and the world of Winnie the Pooh.
I love this photo of the trail going ever deeper into the Hundred Acre Wood – which even Bilbo or Frodo Baggins would have loved to have walked along back in the days of the Shire.
Once we were on the trail there were no signs or trail markers to show how far you had walked or the distance remaining to Poohsticks Bridge – which is all the more fitting for a trip into a storybook – because the experience was an adventure in and of itself.
David stands at the base of a big tree, whose roots provide stair steps for the path to climb a slight rise to higher ground – and a perfect place to let the imagination wander where it will – back into the land of Pooh.
David stands at the base of another tree along the trail, and despite the fencing next to him in this picture, I don’t believe we had arrived in the area of Poohsticks Bridge yet.
Finally we arrived at Poohsticks Bridge and immediately began the game of dropping small sticks from the upstream side of the bridge to watch them float under the bridge and come out the other side – just like Winnie the Pooh and his friends did.
Here David hangs on the bridge railing and beckons us on to take a look, playing out the stories and adventures of Winnie the Pooh and friends in real life.
Sometimes the children’s stories of play and adventure cross paths with our physical reality, and we are able to step directly into the world of adventure and fantasy – that creates in us a longing to remain there forever.
David checks the progress of a stick that he has dropped into the stream below, while hanging over the railing of Poohsticks Bridge – on a beautiful day in the Hundred Acre Wood.
We enjoyed our visit to Poohsticks Bridge, which was a completely natural setting – as if Winnie the Pooh and his friends had just left and we arrived a few minutes later – nothing was commercialized here…just the memories of Winnie the Pooh and Tigger too.
David hangs from the top rail of Poohsticks Bridge as we were about to leave and trek back through the Hundred Acre Wood – retaining life-long memories of the bridge where Winnie the Pooh and his friends played – capturing all of our hearts along the way.