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Prototype Bailey Bridge

Address: Stanpit Marsh Nature Reserve, Christchurch, England
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Ranked #20 of 34 things to do in Christchurch
Type: Bridges, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Bridges, Sights & Landmarks

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Tavistock, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

You need to do a bit of research to find this reminder of wartime inventiveness. The post code takes you to Stanpit Marsh car park, but there is nothing to advertise the presence of this historic bridge. (Just follow the path beside the Scout Hut to the marshes and keep going for about a mile!) Thanks to the inventiveness of... More 

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Bethersden, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Well well. Who would have known what an interesting little bridge this was. Without knowing anything about it I spent a good 4/5 minutes just taking in the lovely surroundings, completely unaware of its history. Something I normally never miss. A bit futher up the coast at Steamer point, the whole area was a interesting WW2 site and later DeHavs... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

You would hardly know its there but perched over a small sea water inlet on Stanpit Marsh you will find this little bit of history. Bailey bridges which were manufactured in Christchurch were used extensively during world war two and its really cool that this prototype is there for all to share.

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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

If you are a birder this is a not to be missed place. There is a lovely meandering path around the reserve and plenty of places to see the myriad of birds. Everything from Curlew to Kestrel. There are even a few bench seats to sit on.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

Situated as part of the walk through the Stanpit Marsh nature reserve, this is an interesting oddity and well worth the walk.look down into the water flowing below and let yourself be sucked into the peaceful tranquility that surrounds you. Look out for Wild Duck, Canada Grey Geese and a fine assortment of flying species with wings flapping and load... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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12 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

Situated in the Stanpit Nature Reserve the bridge straddles a small river and is a great vantage point to follow the rivers Avon and Stour. Upstream the views across the redds to Christchurch at sunset are superb, whilst ahead is Hengistbury Head and to the south Christchurch Harbour. During late spring the resident New Forest Ponies birth their foals. For... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2012

its a bridge! yes its the first of its type and yes its historical.... but its just a bridge!

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2011

Take a few minutes to pay homage to a local hero , Sir Donald Bailey, who developed the world famous Bailey Bridge in nearby Christchurch. Here on Stanpit Marsh Nature Reserve, Stanpit Lane, Mudeford Dorset BH23 3NA The Bailey Bridge was designed and built at the nearby Military Experimental Establishment (MEXE) situated at Bargates in ChristchurchThis type of light durable... More 

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