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Address: Stanpit Marsh Nature Reserve, Christchurch, England

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You know what, I had no idea what this bridge actually was. Well, i thought it was a normal bridge until i came across it on trip advisor. Beautiful beautiful location, Come here... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2016
Taz T
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

You know what, I had no idea what this bridge actually was. Well, i thought it was a normal bridge until i came across it on trip advisor. Beautiful beautiful location, Come here if you want peace and quiet and some alone time. interesting history too! always kayak pass this.

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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

Bailey bridges were manufactured in Christchurch and were used by the armed forces for crossing rivers etc in the second world war and more recent wars. This is a prototype but still going strong.

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LevinsonGedera, Enthusiast of Bailey Bridges at Prototype Bailey Bridge, responded to this review

Thanks for your nice comments and you are welcome to look up my short homemade film on youtube.. Sir Donald Bailey Bridge building prototype Sappers More 

New Milton, United Kingdom
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35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2016

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 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, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 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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126 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 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, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 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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