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River Rope Bridge

Rope Bridges, Suspension

Suspended high over the River Brue, Castle Cary with stunning views and beautiful access to private estate.

A 20m Rope Bridge suspended across a fast-flowing river.

  • First, we created a tree-to-tree working line across the river - really a horizontal Zip Wire for our expert team to work from and to move materials across the river. This is a temporary line but essential in the early stages of establishing structure for the Rope Bridge.

  • We located a perfect Rope Bridge line for our client, high above a weir for wonderful views and importantly for us with a substantial tree-to-tree location.

  • Using load-certificated webbing slings, we created tree-friendly anchor points for the structural steel cables and the opportunity for 'spacer-beams' and our balustrade frame system in-bound on the cables at each end.

  • Finishing included a deck and steps at one end on a steep gradient river bank for easy access and additional tree attached steel cable 'guy-lines' to further trees left and right of the Rope Bridge for further stability.

"My wife, six year old daughter Amelia and myself are all thrilled with the Rope Bridge across the river. We can now get to woods that before we could only access up a dangerous narrow rural lane. It hugely enhances the setting of our mill house property. It brings a 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' element into our lives  as the bridge traverses steep tree-lined banks and from the middle we now have a wonderful new view of the waterfall tumbling down our weir.
Thank you Paul for bringing so much enjoyment and useful function into our lives, and for making the whole experience of seeing it go up such fun!"
Rope Bridge suspended river cables

Rope Bridge suspended river cables

…suspended structural steel cables and Rope Bridge span ropes setting the Rope Bridge structure completely suspended between fixed-points at either end - in this particular location, two large trees set back from the river bank.

treehouses/decks/platforms | spa resort | suspended | adventure treehouse | garden treehouse | log ‘fixed-beam’ | log rope bridge | ibiza | longest | river canyon | woodland

Rope Bridge river and slats view

Rope Bridge river and slats view

…deck board ‘slats’ installed forming a board-walk Rope Bridge pathway…and great views of the river and weir.

treehouses/decks/platforms | spa resort | suspended | adventure treehouse | garden treehouse | log ‘fixed-beam’ | log rope bridge | ibiza | longest | river canyon | woodland

Rope Bridge and river walkway views

Rope Bridge and river walkway views

…beautiful views from the Rope Bridge walkway whilst installing the Rope Bridge, high above the fast-flowing River Brue and it’s weir.

treehouses/decks/platforms | spa resort | suspended | adventure treehouse | garden treehouse | log ‘fixed-beam’ | log rope bridge | ibiza | longest | river canyon | woodland

Rope Bridge suspended over river

Rope Bridge suspended over river

Rope Bridge walkway deck and beautiful river views at sunset - the expert team work from rope harnesses and certificated with Loler tested climbing kit.

treehouses/decks/platforms | spa resort | suspended | adventure treehouse | garden treehouse | log ‘fixed-beam’ | log rope bridge | ibiza | longest | river canyon | woodland

Rope Bridge suspended rope balustrades

Rope Bridge suspended rope balustrades

…installing the lower rope balustrade weave using ‘soft-to-the-touch’ polyhemp ropes.

treehouses/decks/platforms | spa resort | suspended | adventure treehouse | garden treehouse | log ‘fixed-beam’ | log rope bridge | ibiza | longest | river canyon | woodland

Rope Bridge suspended over river rope work

Rope Bridge suspended over river rope work

…quite a height above the river, installing the rope-work balustrades - all hand-weaved and locked tight in a friction weave to bring stability and strength to the Rope Bridge.

treehouses/decks/platforms | spa resort | suspended | adventure treehouse | garden treehouse | log ‘fixed-beam’ | log rope bridge | ibiza | longest | river canyon | woodland

Rope-work suspended over river

Rope-work suspended over river

…beautiful, natural coloured polyhemp ropes that are both ‘soft-to-the-touch’, resistant to UV and rotting.

treehouses/decks/platforms | spa resort | suspended | adventure treehouse | garden treehouse | log ‘fixed-beam’ | log rope bridge | ibiza | longest | river canyon | woodland

Rope Bridge design and installation

Rope Bridge design and installation

…completed river Rope Bridge, tree-to-tree plus access decks, high above the River Brue on private land with views above one of it’s weirs and private access from island to field.

treehouses/decks/platforms | spa resort | suspended | adventure treehouse | garden treehouse | log ‘fixed-beam’ | log rope bridge | ibiza | longest | river canyon | woodland

Rope Bridge suspended in woodland over river

Rope Bridge suspended in woodland over river

…view of completed Rope Bridge whole span, connecting two parts of the same Estate that are otherwise a long, difficult and wild walk.

treehouses/decks/platforms | spa resort | suspended | adventure treehouse | garden treehouse | log ‘fixed-beam’ | log rope bridge | ibiza | longest | river canyon | woodland

Rope Bridge suspended over river to tree

Rope Bridge suspended over river to tree

…"My wife, six year old daughter Amelia and myself are all thrilled with the Rope Bridge across the river. We can now get to woods that before we could only access up a dangerous narrow rural lane. It hugely enhances the setting of our mill house property. It brings a 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' element into our lives as the bridge traverses steep tree-lined banks and from the middle we now have a wonderful new view of the waterfall tumbling down our weir. Thank you Paul for bringing so much enjoyment and useful function into our lives, and for making the whole experience of seeing it go up such fun!"

treehouses/decks/platforms | spa resort | suspended | adventure treehouse | garden treehouse | log ‘fixed-beam’ | log rope bridge | ibiza | longest | river canyon | woodland

Rope Bridge suspended river canyon crossing

Rope Bridge suspended river canyon crossing

…in response to a testimonial request from the National Trust...

"Paul Cameron at Treehouse Life Ltd. built a Rope Bridge for us earlier this year across the higher reaches of the River Brue, where we live in Somerset. It is around twenty feet above the river across a steeply banked wooded gorge. We are delighted with it and it has caused a lot of interest and enthusiasm locally.

It was put up by Paul and his team very efficiently, safely and reliably. We were particularly impressed with the thoughtfulness of his design, his ability to make use of existing natural features such as trees to anchor cables etc. and the care he took to find exactly the optimum crossing point for it in the location we had chosen. The bridge is capable of taking a huge weight but we advise not more than 2-3 persons at a time on it [simply to stop young people fooling around on it]. What we particularly like about it is that it is in a sensitive landscape site in a quiet wooded location above a waterfall.

Being of rope and wood the bridge fits in seamlessly and naturally in a way that a much more expensive steel bridge would not have done. There is a big 'wow' factor about it [indeed thats exactly what everyone says when they see it] and it has therefore enhanced our property considerably, and of course enabled us to access parts that previously could only be accessed by a long walk round the lanes.

Lastly we were impressed by Paul and his enthusiasm for the job and understanding of our concern for the environment in this sensitive location."

treehouses/decks/platforms | spa resort | suspended | adventure treehouse | garden treehouse | log ‘fixed-beam’ | log rope bridge | ibiza | longest | river canyon | woodland