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Is Winnie The Pooh's Hundred Acre Wood Based On A Real Place?

Though the iconic characters of "Winnie the Pooh" are among the most recognizable in Disney's animated canon, they come from somewhat humble beginnings. Pooh, Piglet, Christopher Robin, and the rest of the gang first appeared in a collection of adventures by A.A. Milne in 1926 (via Britannica).

While a shockingly violent horror movie based on the characters is right around the corner, the original "Winnie-the-Pooh" was inspired by Milne's son and the way he would talk to and play with his stuffed animals. As such, Pooh and company have been getting up to generally wholesome mischief for almost 100 years, whether it be in book, television, video game, or movie form.

Since so much of the basis and characters of "Winnie-the-Pooh" are inspired by the real-life experiences of the author and his son, fans of the honey-loving bear and his bouncy friend Tigger might find themselves wondering if The Hundred Acre Wood of Milne's many tales is based on a forest from our own world as well.

The 100 Acre Wood is based on a forest in England

As it turns out, The Hundred Acre Wood of "Winnie-the-Pooh" is indeed based on a real-life location. According to Britannica, the setting of the vast majority of Pooh's adventures is inspired by Ashdown Forest in Eastern Sussex, England. This means that fans who can afford a trip to England could stop by and visit the place that A.A. Milne imagined when he was writing his many tales of the lovable bear.

The fact that Ashdown Forest was the basis for Milne's Hundred Acre Wood is also shared proudly on the official website for the area (via Ashdown Forest). The beautiful and serene location is listed as "the largest public space in Southeast England" on the official site and welcomes upwards of 1.5 million visitors every year.

Ashdown Forest even contains a large plaque dedicated to "Winnie-the-Pooh" author Milne, as well as E.H. Shepard, who created the original illustrations of the characters that fans will be so familiar with. If you do decide to visit, though, definitely keep your eyes peeled for some sentient stuffies out for a day of play and adventure.