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Report - The Gobbins Path, Antrim, Northern Ireland


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I know this streches the Urban element but I thought I'd post some pictures of these derelict bridges.

The Gobbins Path on the coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland was a popular tourist attraction in the early 20th century. Built by civil engineer Berkeley Deane Wise, it opened in stages between 1902 and 1908. The path included staircases and paths along the cliffs, tubular and suspension bridges and caves and eventually stretched more than 3 miles.

In 1961 it was closed due to coastal erosion.

Apologies for the poor photo quality- it was a cheap waterproof camera



Sometimes the Path is completely missing, requireing some scrambling or swimming




The famous tubular bridge...

...and all thats left of it.



There is a short cave section as well


If your going to see this you will need to swim sections of it and jump in from heights up to about 4 metres as well as do some climbing so you'll need a wetsuit and a boyancy aid.

The path is also very committing- with a sheer cliff for about 10km on one side and the sea on the other there is only one way in and one way out. Plan your day to allow time to get back and check the tides and swell.