Explore your children's favourite stories with ViewRanger

Posted on 18/10/2016

Both children and adults have a special place in their hearts for their beloved fictional characters – from the round, loveable Winnie the Pooh to the mischievous Famous Five, the adventurous gang of best friends you were always envious of. So share your passion for your favourite childhood books with your own children this half term with our selection of free storybook routes. Whether you’re searching for Peter Rabbit or following alongside the tracks of The Railway Children, you’ll be sure to have an adventure.

Ashdown Forest1. Ashdown Forest, East Sussex (FREE)

Type: Walking
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 3.99 miles
By BBC Countryfile Magazine 

Winnie the Pooh is a much-loved favourite of children and adults alike, and now you can visit the enchanted Ashdown Forest which provided the inspiration for 100 Acre Wood. Much of Ashdown Forest has hardly changed since the 1920s, when A. A Milne first wrote the Pooh poems and stories. This is also the perfect year to go as Pooh is celebrating his 90th anniversary – so get your pooh sticks and ‘hunny’ ready, you’re going on an adventure!

Best for: Hungry bears
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Enid Blyton's Dorset2. Enid Blyton’s Dorset (FREE)

Type: Walking
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 8.89 miles
By BBC Countryfile Magazine

The Dorset landscape has inspired many literary figures but arguably none is more cherished in the hearts of children, parents, and grandparents alike as Enid Blyton. The author’s visits to Dorset provided inspiration for many of her books, especially the Famous Five. Take a walk through the places where Blyton wrote many of her stories and enjoy the views of Poole Harbour, Bournemouth and the English Channel.

Best for: Treasure hunters
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Beatrix Potter3. Claife Heights, Lake District, Cumbria (FREE)

Type: Walking
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 5.84 miles
By BBC Countryfile Magazine

Beatrix Potter populated her cherished books with characters based on the wildlife that surrounded her in the Lake District. Walk through the woodland paths and you can imagine Peter Rabbit sneaking into gardens and stealing vegetables with his cousin.

Best for: Mischievous rabbits
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The Railway Children4. The Railway Children (FREE)

Type: Walking
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 5.39 miles
By BBC Countryfile Magazine

Take a steam train then walk in the footsteps of Edith Nesbit’s most famous characters. Relive the story of Roberta, Peter and Phyllis, their mother and the friends they made around the railway by taking a train (many steam-hauled) from the old-style K&WVR platform at Keighley station.

Best for: A step back in time
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Make sure to check the railway times here

 

Watership Down Bikes5. Watership Down, Hampshire (FREE)

Type: Mountain Biking
Difficulty: Hard
Length: 13.19 miles
By BBC Countryfile Magazine

Enjoy an invigorating cycle to Watership Down in Hampshire, a fictional utopia for creatures great and small. The North Wessex Downs’ high chalk hills became the inspiration for Richard Adams’ classic novel Watership Down. The tale follows the journey of rabbits Hazel, Fiver, Bigwig and friends. See where the rabbits found hiding places and where they built their warren.

Best for: Energetic bikers
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Charles Dickens Walk6. Hindsites: Charles Dicken’s Walk (FREE)

Type: Walking
Difficulty: Very Easy
Length: 4.81 miles
By Love Camden

Kicking off from Dickens' first home in London, take a walk through his haunts, discovering the writer's connection with The Foundry and The Great Ormond Street Hospital, while seeing the inspiration he took from special places in Camden, the area he returned to in his writing throughout his life. You can also visit The Charles Dickens Museum along the way.

Best for: Literature fans
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