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Prototype Bailey Bridge

Nature Reserve Stanpit, Christchurch BH23 3ND, England
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A well kept military secret

So secret in fact that we we couldn't find it. We asked the wss but the route we were advised to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Andrew B
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Didcot, United Kingdom
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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... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Howlo
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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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Nature Reserve Stanpit, Christchurch BH23 3ND, England
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank Andrew B
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...More

Thank Howlo
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.

Thank DeTeReR
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...More

Thank gillytwoshoes
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...More

1  Thank sherbertdipper
Reviewed 2 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...More

1  Thank Taz T
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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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

Reviewed 3 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...More

Thank Watchman077
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"

Reviewed 17 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...More

Thank Michele K
Reviewed 18 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...More

1  Thank Spencer S
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jikarti
I am trying to find out any history relating to WW2 storm boats that I understand were tested at MEXE at the same time as the Bailey Bridge was being developed. Any information gratefully received thanks.
30 December 2015|
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BirminghamNicky
Has this Bailey Bridge been painted black? I'm interested in finding both Bailey and Callender-Hamilton style bridges across the UK that are in their original galvanized steel state. Can anyone help?
12 February 2015|
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