No more old rope as leg­endary Car­rick-a-Rede bridge up­graded

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY RE­BECCA BLACK

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

STEVEN McAU­LEY

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