No more old rope as legendary Carrick-a-Rede bridge upgraded
THE National Trust is currently replacing Northern Ireland’s world-famous rope bridge in a £6,000 conservation project.
The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge was first erected by salmon fishermen in 1755.
It is almost 100ft (30m) above sea level and a favourite attraction for visitors. It is replaced every five years.
The new bridge cost £6,000 and has been made by Heyn Engineering in Belfast, which also carries out bi-monthly maintenance checks on all parts of the bridge.
Frank Devlin, countryside manager for the National Trust, said the steel ropes each have a tested load strain of 10 tonnes, so theoretically it could carry a bus.
“The wood for the planks is a North American Pine, either Douglas Fir or Oregon Pine, which is structurally a very sound material for building, as it has no knots and is very straight. I handpick the wood for the planks myself.
“We are working with Heyn’s engineers to carry out the replacement, which, if all goes to plan, should be complete tomorrow and we’ll be back,” he said yesterday.
The bridge is expected to reopen for visitors tomorrow morning. Workers help to replace Carrick-a-Rede’s rope bridge and (below right) Frank Devlin, National Trust countryside manager and Ciara McClements, site manager for the bridge