For many children, the playground of Winnie-the-Pooh, Hundred Acre Wood, seemed almost too dreamy to be true. But it exists in the form of Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, a one-time hunting reserve that has been preserved as a wild mix of ancient heathland, thick woodland and clumps of pines protruding from hilltops. The forest served as inspiration for Winnie-the-Pooh’s creator A A Milne, who regularly used to walk there with his son. A road trip gives you the chance to see Ashdown Forest through the author’s eyes, beginning in Hartfield, his home when he wrote the books. The tearooms at Pooh Corner are an essential fuel stop before heading to Poohsticks Bridge for a quick game or two in the series’ honour. Motor on to the heaths of Gill’s Lap, where a memorial dedicated to Milne and the series’ illustrator E H Shepard lies, before ending at the Ashdown Forest Centre, the wilderness’ highest point and a hive of information on what else this verdant patch has to offer.