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Prototype Bailey Bridge
Ranked #17 of 42 things to do in Christchurch
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Reviewed 5 October 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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Reviewed 26 June 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 squawks! if your lucky, you might spot the very tall Heron sitting quietly on the other side of the water in the reeds. Try not to trip over the twitchers with their super zoom camera's and binoculars! Go, its wonderful and most importantly, its free!

1  Thank Michael K
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Reviewed 6 February 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 a nature reserve though far too many dogs allowed to run free despite local requests for dog owners to keep their dogs under control.

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Reviewed 5 February 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 reviewResponded 22 April 2015

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 what it contributed to the allies in WW2. Its only a small bridge but it represents a huge legacy.

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Reviewed 27 September 2011

Take a few minutes to pay homage to a local hero , Sir Donald Bailey, who developed the world famous Bailey Bridge in nearby Christchurch. Here on Stanpit Marsh Nature Reserve, Stanpit Lane, Mudeford
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The Bailey Bridge was designed and built at the nearby Military Experimental Establishment (MEXE) situated at Bargates in ChristchurchThis type of light durable bridge was a vital innovation during WWII.
The prototype Bailey bridge was used to span Mother Sillers Channel and remains there to this day.
There is a free car park at the northern end of the marsh which is about 50 yards east of The Ship In Distress Public house in Stanpit village. Usually the prepared paths on the marsh are dry and make for an easy and un-muddy walk while still allowing the rambler to enjoy the environment. A circular route around the marsh takes you down to the Bailey bridge across Mother Sillers channel and then down to the confluence of the two rivers, from then if you head upriver along the river beach and then back inland over improvised railway sleeper bridges, past an old long abandoned iron lifeboat, past the back of the golf course and back across the open playing field.
Look out for the information booth on the route.
There is a plaque of the Bailey Bridge in nearby Christchurch Priory.

11  Thank LevinsonGedera
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