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.