This map plots the settings and references in Danny the Champion of the World

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Hazell's wood
Shortenill's Wood, Bucks
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeShortenill's Wood, Bucks - Credit: Timo Newton-Syms

The book is set in rural England, where Dahl felt most at home.  "Hazell's Wood" is located six and half miles from where Danny lives. Although Hazell's wood does not actually exist, other places described in the book are in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire.



Dahl moved here in the 1960s, and clearly loved the area. When Danny's father describes his own father inventing ways to poach pheasants he says, " we go over the fields and up into the big forest the other side of Little Hampden..." Dahl also tells us that three miles away from Danny's caravan is Cobbler's Hill. When Danny is walking with his father they go "along the road that ran between the hills towards Wendover." As can be seen from the map, all these places do exist. Cobbler's Hill is marked with the red marker.

Although we cannot be certain which particular wood Dahl based Hazell's Wood on, there are several woods in Great Missenden that match the description.

This video is a visual tour of the scenery in Great Missenden: