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On Manchester’s Doorstep: One of their best days out.

Voted Best Tourism Experience at Lancashire and Blackpool Tourism Awards 2011 and nominated in the Visit Lancashire for Small Visitor Attraction in 2014. It’s got to be one of Lancashire’s best days out and that’s not just us saying that (check out our feedback!). With breathtaking scenery, amazing tree top obstacles and awesome zip lines, Rivington is sure to be a day out in Lancashire you won’t forget.

You are guaranteed a warm welcome at Rivington Tree Top Adventure. It’s home to one of the most exciting zip wires: You’ll cross a bay in the reservoir and get a bird’s eye view over the water.

With its rugged hills, picturesque reservoirs and woodlands bustling with wildlife, Rivington is one of Lancashire’s ‘must visit’ locations. A gem in its own right and on the doorstep of Manchester, one of the most vibrant cities in the UK.

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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 ( gets a little chilly and we like to maintain our adventures so they're all ready to go next year).

Feb Half Term (14th Feb- 22nd)

Weekends until 22nd March

Open everyday except Tuesdays during term time until the end of Oct half term(1st Nov)

Weekends during November

Course stats

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

The Address

Go Ape Rivington
Great House Barn
Rivington Lane

You can select longitude/Latitude for accurate Sat-Nav directions: Type in our co-ordinates: 53.62052670, -2.56271120

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By car

From Manchester, the South, Preston and Lancaster, use the M61. At JCT 6 (Macron Stadium, home ground of Bolton Wanderers Football club) follow signs for Horwich.

Stay on the main road through Horwich. When you reach to the roundabout with the Crown pub on the right, go straight ahead then take the right turning immediately after onto Lever Park Avenue signed Rivington.

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.

Approaching from Chorley direction, Rivington is well signed.  Pass Chorley Train station on your left and take the next left signed Rivington. At the top of the road, take the second exit (right) at the roundabout, and the first exit at the following roundabout. Continue on this road for 3 miles. Shortly after crossing the motorway on a bridge, take the left down Horrobin Lane and continue on this road through the village of Rivington until you reach Great house barn. We are on the right at the bottom of the car park.

We have our own car park in front of the Go Ape cabin, but it gets very busy so arrive in good time and share cars where you can.

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.

By train

Why not see if you can make your journey using public transport by using Traveline’s journey planner .

You could get a train to Blackrod station and Go Ape is around a 3 mile walk.

By bus

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.

Local Area

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.

Rated 5 Bananas James - Tree Top Adventure, on 9 October 2015
The zip wires were amazing! Tarzan jumps scary but extremely enjoyable, I certainly recommend it to anyone of any ages.
Rated 5 Bananas Chloe - Tree Top Adventure, on 8 October 2015
Such a good day out, luckily we had the course to ourselves so could go around at our own pace, our instructor Ben was brilliant! will definitely be coming back :-):-)
Rated 5 Bananas susan - Tree Top Adventure, on 6 October 2015
all of it good, I took a ten year old boy with me, Lucas, and he really loved it. My favourite was the big zip wire but also enjoyed the bits you had to concentrate on a bit more. Lucas loved it all and wants to go with friends for his birthday. All your staff were greatwe did have a problem sending payment through on the website, I tried several times in the evening and morn but no luck. in the end we decided to turn up at nine and hope that the two places we tried to book were still there, and luckily they were. Maybe you could put a time lapse on your discount vouchers as we would be unlikely to visit again too soon but possibly would within six months. Thanks
Rated 5 Bananas chantelle - Tree Top Adventure, on 5 October 2015
Great experience, fabulous fun, loved it all....worked a lot of muscles on the swingy metal ring part, zip wires were the day with a best mate......both loved it and laughed sooooo much!!! My only comment is that the safety tuition was bob on but need to re-iterate red safety line and say that once you arrive on the platform there will also be a green Lin too which is part of the bindings-this threw a couple of us on the first few trees....just think it may be worth mentioning. Top fun experience though!!
Rated 5 Bananas Natalie - Tree Top Adventure, on 5 October 2015
Brilliant day, so much fun. The location was lovely, so pretty and lovely cafe on site. All the staff were so happy, pleasant and approachable and I would definetly go again.
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