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From fish supper on Blackpool Pier to camping in New Forest, Winnie the Pooh's bucket list of simple British pleasures


The truth is you don't need to board a plane to escape the humdrum of life. 

Peace, adventure and pleasure can be found right at home in England's coastlines, cities and forests. 

Before the rise of cheap flights and affordable international getaways, England's heritage was once the focal point of a Brit's holiday, from eating fish and chips at Blackpool's pier to taking a stroll beside Hadrian’s Wall. 

With the help of the country's favourite bear Winnie the Pooh and VisitEngland, we remember the ten most timeless and simple getaways that are right at home. 

Indulging in Afternoon Tea, Devon

Indulging in Afternoon Tea, Devon

Indulging in Afternoon Tea, Devon

Now Pooh wasn’t an assuming sort of bear, but there was an empty chair at the table, and there did seem to be many more sandwiches than one small Piglet could eat on his own.

The South West is undoubtedly one of the best places to enjoy afternoon tea. There’s no shortage of charming tea rooms in the area, each serving up delicious local produce and offering stunning views of the surrounding coastal town.

Enjoying a Fish Supper on Blackpool Pier, Lancashire

Enjoying a Fish Supper on Blackpool Pier, Lancashire

Pooh stopped and sniffed once. Then he sniffed twice. Then he turned around a couple of times. It seemed to be that the source of deliciousness was coming from a newspaper.

Head to the very tip of Central Pier, where you can stare out across the water as the sea breeze swishes around you. You’ll find it hard to resist the smell of Blackpool’s iconic, mouth-watering fish supper.

Picnicking on the shores of Windermere in the Lake District, Cumbria

Picnicking on the shores of Windermere

‘A picnic,’ said Christopher Robin, ‘is a very friendly sort of a thing to do. We shall all go.’
‘Will there be a little something to eat, do you think?’ asked Pooh. ‘Oh yes,’ said Christopher Robin. ‘That’s what picnics are all about.’

The Lake District’s dramatic peaks and tranquil lakes are one of nature’s most striking works of art. Lake Windermere, England’s largest natural lake, is one of the finest places to enjoy a picnic after exploring all the sites.

Rock Pooling in Treyarnon Bay, Cornwall

Rock Pooling in Treyarnon Bay, Cornwall

Pooh and Piglet were looking into their bucket at the tiny silver fish that was swimming there. ‘Can we take them home?’ said Piglet. ‘Why, Piglet!’ said Pooh, ‘They are at home!’

Nestled along the north Cornish coast is Treyarnon Bay - a really special little spot. The small, sheltered, rocky coves are jewelled with glistening pools of sea water, making it one of the best places for rock pooling in the country.

Camping in the New Forest, Hampshire

Camping in the New Forest, Hampshire

Christopher Robin hammered in the last peg and turned round to admire his handiwork. The bright blue tent certainly looked a handsome home for the evening. ‘Now,’ he said, ‘why don’t we all gather round and I will tell a story.’

The magical landscape of the New Forest is the picture-perfect location for camping. The National Park features mile after mile of woodland, crystal clear streams and heaps of trails to explore. Lucky visitors might also catch a glimpse of wild ponies trotting beneath the treetops.

Marvelling at Stonehenge, Wiltshire

Marvelling at Stonehenge, Wiltshire

‘What is it?’ whispered Piglet. ‘Well,’ said Rabbit importantly, ‘it is definitely a house.’

The daddy of all stone circles and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the magnificent Stonehenge in Wiltshire continues to be an archaeological enigma. Take your little ones on an audio tour around this magical landmark on Salisbury Plain and discover more about the mystery behind the megaliths.

Getting Lost in the Maze at Hampton Court Palace, London

Hampton Court

Piglet held Pooh’s hand and pulled him along, excited to be on an adventure together. Every so often they could see a glimpse of Tigger as he bounced high above the hedges. From above, Owl was giving directions and advising which way might be better than the other, or when to make a turn, but he was using such long words that Pooh wasn’t really listening.

In the spectacular gardens of Hampton Court Palace, you’ll find the Grand Maze — arguably one of the most famous mazes in the world. Its intricate twists and turns cover a third of an acre, making it a fantastic adventure for all the family.

Taking a Stroll Beside Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland

Taking a Stroll Beside Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland

Tigger bounced along the path next to the wall and thought Tiggers probably were wall-climbing animals, but that he had better not climb the wall as the going-up part was always simple but the coming-down part was not, as Tiggers can’t climb downwards because their tails get in the way, and it was all too easy to forget that on the way up.

Stretch your legs with a picturesque countryside stroll along the world-famous Hadrian’s Wall. The Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail snakes alongside this ancient monument, swooping up and down the hills of Northumberland.

Boating on the Broads, Norfolk and Suffolk

Boating on the Broads, Norfolk and Suffolk

Pooh and Piglet looked at the river beneath them, saying nothing, and the river said nothing too, for it was very quiet and peaceful just to be.

Whether you’re gliding along the mystical waterways by boat or exploring the unspoilt villages by foot, there’s plenty of fun to be had on the Norfolk Broads.The wetlands are a haven for wildlife, so keep your eyes peeled for rare butterflies, dragonflies and birds along the way.

Watching the Puffins on the Farne Islands, Northumberland

Watching the Puffins on the Farne Islands, Northumberland

Christopher Robin told Pooh and Piglet all about puffins and seals and other things that they didn’t see in the forest. The three of them stood together and watched the puffins, and Pooh thought how wonderful it would be to have a real brain that could tell you things.

Scattered a couple of miles off the coast of Northumberland, the Farne Islands are one of best places to marvel at nature. Home to cheeky puffins, adorable grey seals and 23 species of seabirds, a boat trip to the Farne Islands is a wonderful way to meet the local wildlife.

Illustrations by Mark Burgess after E H Shepard, ©Disney



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