Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge is one of those iconic places we are fortunate enough to have on our little island. Visitors from all over the world flock to enjoy the views, and test their courage on the wobbling bridge swaying above the crashing waves of the Atlantic. So I felt it was about time I took my family on an excursion there.
I couldn’t remember much about visiting in my youth, and I wasn’t sure how child friendly the experience was going to be, for my 6 and 3 year old. As we drove along the country roads of the North Coast, and got our first glimpses of the turquoise sea, I knew the views alone would be worth it.
From the car park there is 1km walk to the bridge. This also incorporates stone steps, and steep metal steps down to the bridge itself. Alternatively, there is a different path which is wheelchair friendly, and leads to a viewing platform.
If you wish to cross the bridge with your children, I would suggest leaving the buggy behind. Children who are old enough to walk, must cross the bridge themselves, as parents are not allowed to carry them. If your child is not old enough to walk, the staff do prefer you to use a sling.
The only thing I was a bit disappointed with was that we were not allowed to stop on the bridge. I think this was due to the number of people waiting, which I can understand, but… when you cross Carrick-A-Rede, it would be nice to have an opportunity for some photo’s.
The bridge has been in use for over 350 years, to allow fishermen to catch migrating salmon. We were fortunate enough to have a guide on the island when we visited. This allowed us to hear a bit more about the history of Carrick-A-Rede and have a peek inside the humble fisherman’s cottage there.
After all that we were ready to head back along the cliffs to the cafe. The kids opted for ice lollies, while Mr C and I had coffee and cake. It was a really great day out, and one we will definitely be repeating!
For more information visit the National Trust website.