Enjoy a 200 Metre Long Zip Wire over the Edge of the Rivington Reservoir.
Voted Best Tourism Experience at Lancashire and Blackpool Tourism Awards 2011 and nominated in the Visit Manchester Awards 2012 for Small Visitor Attraction. It’s tree top high ropes crossings and lengthy zip wire take in some of Lancashire’s most breathtaking views for one of the best outdoor adventures near Manchester.
You are guaranteed a warm welcome at Rivington (we’ve heard it’s one of the greatest days out near Lancashire). It’s home to one of the most exciting zip wires: You’ll cross a bay in the reservoir and get a birds eye view over the water!
With its rugged hills, picturesque reservoirs and woodland bustling with wildlife, Rivington is hailed as Chorley’s mini Lake District and makes a great day out.
Get out and about with us this season
For full details on dates and times simply 'check availability' and you'll see when Rivington is open.
Below is a snapshot of when our forest doors open.
We're open from February to November, but we close our forest doors during December and January (...it gets a little chilly and we like to maintain our adventures so they're all ready to go next year).
Open daily February Half Term (16th - 24th February)
Open weekends in March.
Open Daily Easter Holidays.
Term Time (closed Tuesday).
Open Daily Summer Holidays.
Term Time (closed Tuesday).
Open Daily October Half Term.
Open November Weekends.
Here are our Tree Top Adventure stats for Go Ape Rivington.
- Number of sections 5
- Longest Zip Wire 198 metres
- Longest Crossing 17.5 metres
- Total Length 924 metres
- Number of Crossings 35
- Highest Point 10 metres
The Team at Rivington
Go Ape Rivington
Great House Barn
For Rivington, leave the M61 at JCT 6 and follow signs for Horwich.
Stay on the main road through the town until you get to the roundabout with the Crown pub on the right. Go straight ahead at the roundabout and take the right turning immediately after onto Lever Park Avenue.
Follow signs to Great House Barn and Visitors Centre passing Rivington and Blackrod High School on the right and continue for about a mile. Turn left at Great House Barn into the car park and you'll find us straight ahead. We have our own car park in front of the Go Ape cabin.
A BIG thanks to all of you who use as few cars as possible to reach our sites, Rivington can get busy so if you can share it’s a great idea to do so.
Due to the rural nature of our locations, postcodes are not always accurate when using satellite navigation. Please always check the route it has given you before setting off, and cross reference with a map.
Why not see if you can make your journey using public transport by using Traveline’s journey planner .
You could get a train to Adlington station and Go Ape is around a 2 mile walk.
The nearest bus stop is at the bottom of Lever Park Avenue and Go Ape is about a mile walk from there.
How about taking your bike?
For all those budding Bradley Wiggins (yeah he lives around here don’t you know...) get on your bike and use the ‘Lancashire Cycleway Route 91’ to get to site, it pretty much goes past our front door. You can connect to it easily from Adlington Railway station and once at site you can secure your bike to our new cycle stands just outside the cabin*. For a comprehensive view of all cycle paths across the country and information on getting your own wheels in motion take a look at the Sustrans Website, you could have yourself a right big adventure!
*All cycles are left on the cycle stands at their own risk, unfortunately Go Ape cannot take any responsibility for any damage or losses. For more info please contact our Rivington team.
Some nearby places which may be of interest:
There's plenty of things to do in the Rivington area.
Why not go boating on the reservoir with The Anderton Centre? Or horse riding at Matchmoor riding centre, Horwich.
Treat yourself to a bit of shopping at The Trafford Centre, Manchester. Enjoy a bite to eat at the Bay Horse Inn.
Or continue your adventure with some Mountain Biking with Cycle Adventure, Preston.
Feedback from Rivington
Take a look at what some of our tribe have said about their time in the forest. It's always good to hear it straight from the Gorilla's mouth (...and we're proud to say it’s totally unedited!) And why not have a peek at what people are saying about us on Trip Advisor.