Bridge is perfect place to play Poohsticks

Freddie and Archie Lound playing Pooh sticks at Bourne bridge EMN-150826-162906009
Freddie and Archie Lound playing Pooh sticks at Bourne bridge EMN-150826-162906009
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A bridge in south Lincolnshire has been named as one of the best spots in the UK to enjoy a game of Poohsticks.

The zig zag footbridge crossing the Bourne Eau, in Bourne, is one of the top 12 places to enjoy the traditional English game made famous in 
AA Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh stories, according to tourism body VisitEngland.

In order to play, participants drop sticks over one side of a bridge before walking to the downstream side to see which one appears first.

The list of bridges was drawn up against strict Poohsticks criteria, taking into account river flow, bridge width and parapets, which need to be just high enough for children to peer over.

It also comes after engineer Dr Rhys Morgan claims to have found the formula for a winning stick to mark the release of a new book The Poohsticks Handbook; A Poohstickopedia.

Previously almost 60 per cent of Brits thought the game, which first appeared in the story The House at Pooh Corner in 1928, was all down to luck.

Not so according to Dr Morgan, who says the perfect Poohstick should be thick, dense and rough.

“Poohsticks is a timeless game. From its first mention in AA Milne’s 1928 classic, The House at Pooh Corner, to today, it remains a great way for families to spend time together and enjoy England’s great outdoors,” said Rebecca Lowe, head of PR at VisitEngland.

Other top spots for a game, alongside the iconic Poohsticks Bridge in Ashdown Forrest, are:

l Sheepwash Bridge, Ashford in the Water, Derbyshire 

l Morden Hall Park, 

l Heale Gardens, 
Salisbury, Wiltshire

l Packhorse Bridge, 
Watendlath, Cumbria

l Mottisfont, Romsey, Hampshire

l Little Wittenham Bridge, Abingdon, 

l Mathematical Bridge, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

l New Lower Bridge, Boscastle, Cornwall

l Cantlop Bridge, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

l Essex Bridge, Shugborough, Staffordshire

lHutton-le-Hole, Ryedale, North Yorkshire.