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An engineered ride

Opened in May this year, the National Trust's £50,000, 20m span Carrick-a-rede rope bridge on the Antrim coast replaces an earlier structure built to give access for salmon fishermen to the tiny islet of Carrick-a-rede. A deepwater channel runs close to the islet, and for generations local salmon fishermen have operated a fixed net in the channel. The bridge allows them to get to the islet even in the worst weather.

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