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Address: Stanpit Marsh Nature Reserve, Christchurch, England
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An Icon of British Engineering In a Beautiful Setting

We followed the directions in the previous reviews as it is not even marked on the local maps by the footpaths. The setting is stunning and there was a wide range of birds to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Watchman077
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New Milton, United Kingdom
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New Milton, United Kingdom
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105 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We followed the directions in the previous reviews as it is not even marked on the local maps by the footpaths. The setting is stunning and there was a wide range of birds to spot. The route passes a Visitor Centre that in itself is worth a visit. Engineering genius is often expressed in pure simplicity of design whilst being... More 

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LevinsonGedera, History Buff at Prototype Bailey Bridge, responded to this review

I am pleased you made a visit to this hidden gem. If you would like some more information please watch my short homemade film on YouTube. Just search "prototype bailey bridge-barry Levinson" More 

Christchurch, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015 via mobile

During a walk with my godsons, older of the two pointed out that this bridge like a bit from a truck. We have therefore called the Truck Bridge is walks since. It is a lovely vantage point to watch the little fish and is an attraction during on walks on the marshes. We have often since fishermen and bird watchers... More 

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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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89 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

You probably wouldn't even give this bridge a second thought if you didn't know the history behind it. It is in a beautiful location though on the Stanpit Marsh nature reserve and that alone is a great place to be and take a stroll. Apart from the odd bench and the tiny visitor centre this is all that is man-made... More 

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Tavistock, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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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baz L, researcher of Bailey Bridge at Prototype Bailey Bridge, responded to this review

I am pleased you enjoyed your visit, maybe you would like to watch my short film 'Sir Donald Bailey Bridge building prototype' its available online. thanks Barry More 

Bethersden, United Kingdom
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95 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
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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baz L, researcher of Bailey Bridge at Prototype Bailey Bridge, responded to this review

I am pleased you enjoyed your visit, maybe you would like to watch my short film 'Sir Donald Bailey Bridge building prototype' its available free online. thanks Barry More 

Christchurch
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82 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
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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baz L, researcher of Bailey Bridge at Prototype Bailey Bridge, responded to this review

I am pleased you enjoyed your visit, maybe you would like to watch my short film 'Sir Donald Bailey Bridge building prototype' its available free online. thanks Barry More 

Farnborough, United Kingdom
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119 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
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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Christchurch
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82 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 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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49 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
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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baz L, researcher of Bailey Bridge at Prototype Bailey Bridge, responded to this review

Thanks for your comments. I did try to advertise this historical site NOT as roller coaster ride or a a singing and dancing musical BUT as a small memorial of days gone by. It is only a bridge in a quiet secluded part of the south coast. If you research further you will learn what this bridge stands for and... More 

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