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Address: Nature Reserve Stanpit, Christchurch BH23 3ND, England

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Interesting for a Royal Engineer

Its good to see a piece of British engineering put to good use since it has been taken out of military use. The Bailey bridge was invented and produced in the local area and there... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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Didcot, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So secret in fact that we we couldn't find it. We asked the wss but the route we were advised to take was blocked by a wide passage of water. Needs a bit more signage

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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Its good to see a piece of British engineering put to good use since it has been taken out of military use. The Bailey bridge was invented and produced in the local area and there is also a pub named after it. A small panel can also be seen near the original factory site.

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Thank Howlo
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 24 December 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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Thank DeTeReR
Christchurch, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 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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Thank gillytwoshoes
Coventry, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 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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74 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 June 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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58 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 15 March 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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Thank Dyrck
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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131 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 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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110 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 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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Thank Michele K
Christchurch, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 July 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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