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Address: Stanpit Marsh Nature Reserve, Christchurch, England

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Interesting little bit of engineering/war history

An interesting hidden gem: Have a little walk and find the bridge. Then, because there's no sign there, read the wikipedia article about it.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed December 24, 2016
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2016

An interesting hidden gem: Have a little walk and find the bridge. Then, because there's no sign there, read the wikipedia article about it.

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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

You can enjoy beautiful views on this lovely walk at Stanpit Marsh, and walk on the historic Bailey Bridge. Lots of wildlife to see, as Stanpit Marsh is a bird sanctuary, including many different types of birds, swans and ducks. Wonderful views over Mudeford Quay and Hengistbury Head, and a lovely view of Christchurch Priory. We really enjoyed our Sunday... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

We always take the kids here to go crabbing, it's in a lovely nature reserve and in a spot of outstanding peace quiet and beauty. I wasn't even aware that this was a prototype bridge, but it's a good spot to while away a few hours catching crabs...

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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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