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Potted History Tours feature in Hong Kong-based travel publication

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Last Sunday saw glorious weather in 100 Aker Wood, and a visit from Winnie the Pooh fans from the other side of the globe.  Yuki, a journalist from Chinese publication U-Travel, came to visit Ashdown Forest along with her team, in search of the secret places that feature in the beloved Winnie the Pooh stories.

The purpose of the article was to feature unusual destinations within a day trip from London, and our 100 Acre Wood tour fits that remit perfectly: If you are based in London, then no change of hotel or moving of luggage is required, and no time-consuming hiring of cars either. You can visit this famous literary destination with Potted History Tours and be back in London in time for supper. The recent release of the Disney film 'Christopher Robin' has also created a lot of interest in this tour:

We started with a rendez-vous at Edenbridge Station. This is a departure from our usual pick-up at East Grinstead, but engineering works on the line meant that a bus replacement service was in operation. It's all part of the service at PHT that we find a mutually convenient meeting point for our customers, whether they be travelling out of London, or are being collected from a hotel in the area.

First stop for our hungry and thirsty crew was Pooh Corner tea shop, where we sat in the pretty sun-dappled garden enjoying tea and scones - a new taste experience for our Chinese friends, who had to compete with intense interest in their pot of jam from a couple of local bees.

Ashdown Forest We set off for the first of our two walks on this tour. At the top of the Ashdown Forest is The Enchanted Place and Galleon's Lap. This spot was chosen by Christopher Robin himself as the location for the memorial to A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard. It looks out over the forest and High Weald, and its view is quite special, and for some, very moving.

We also found the Heffalump trap and Roo's sandy pit, and then set off on an 'expotition' to the North Pole. This part of the walk can be cut short if you're not feeling too energetic....otherwise, a nice circular meander (with a couple of steep bits) brought us back to the trusty taxi for a short drive down the hill to our next destination.

On our second walk, we dropped by Piglet's house, Wol's tree house, and Pooh's front door, where we left mini pots of hunny for the bear of very little brain.

Pooh Sticks Bridge was popular that day, with many children and their families wandering down through the wood, clutching their stuffed toys and twigs collected for a game of Pooh Sticks. It's heart-warming that in this digital age, children (and adults for that matter) can still get such joy from seeking out these places and reliving the adventures of Christopher Robin and his animal friends.

We finished the day with a Potted History Tours picnic in the woods. Our Henry Ate spread included hand-made Gloucester old spot pork pie, Sussex goat's cheese, and fresh local apples and plums. The fresh bread and honey with strawberries, sausages and vegetables with dips that make up The Teddy Bears' Picnic also went down a storm. All that walking in the fresh air makes you hungry!

I waved goodbye to our Chinese visitors, having thoroughly enjoyed showing them around the home of Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and pals. I think they were quite sad to let go of the little group of friends from Hundred Acre Wood.

“it isn’t really goodbye, because the Forest will always be there...and anybody who is friendly with Bears can find it”

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