The 12 best bridges for playing Poohsticks revealed

Tourist board has named 12 bridges, found in gardens and parks across England, that are best for playing the game popularised by Winnie the Pooh.

Bridge. Image: MorgueFile
Bridge. Image: MorgueFile

The list comes at the same time as an engineer claims to have solved the problem of how to select the best stick for the game, which was invented by Winnie the Pooh author AA Milne and first featured in The House at Pooh Corner.

Poohsticks involves dropping two sticks into a stream on the upstream side of a bridge, with the first stick to appear on the other side of the bridge being declared the winner.

According to a survey conducted to promote the publication of The Poohsticks Handbook: A Poohstickopedia by Mark Evans, the majority of players think Poohsticks is a game of chance.

But Dr Rhys Morgan of Royal Academy of Engineering claims to have worked out a formula for choosing the perfect Poohstick. His formula? PP = A x I x Cd, where PP stands for Perfect Poohstick, A stand for the stick's cross-sectional area, I stands for stick density and Cd stands for the drag coefficient - how rough and misshapen the stick is.

The ideal stream for the game would be rectangular and smooth-flowing, he said. Visit England's top 12 streams from which to play Poohsticks are:

1. Sheepwash Bridge (Ashford-in-the-Water, Derbyshire)

2. Morden Hall Park (London)

3. Heale Gardens (Salisbury, Wiltshire)

4. Packhorse Bridge (Watendlath, Cumbria)

5. Mottisfont (Romsey, Hampshire)

6. Little Wittenham Bridge (Abingdon, Oxfordshire)

7. Mathematical Bridge (Cambridge)

8. New Lower Bridge (Boscastle, Cornwall)

9. Bridge over Bourne Eau (Bourne, Lincolnshire)

10. Cantlop Bridge (Shrewsbury, Shropshire)

11. Essex Bridge (Shugborough, Staffordshire)

12. Hutton-le-Hole (North York Moors National Park village)

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