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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 Tree Top Adventure (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.

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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).

Open February Half Term (17th February - 21st February)

Weekends in March.

Open Daily Easter, Half Term and Summer Holidays.

Term Time (closed Tuesdays).

Open Daily October Half Term (27th October - 31st October).

Open November Weekends.

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

Get directions

By car

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.

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 Kate - Tree Top Adventure, on 14 September 2014
So much fun!
Rated 5 Bananas Sirajul - Tree Top Adventure, on 14 September 2014
The zip wires definitely
Rated 5 Bananas Jessica - Tree Top Adventure, on 14 September 2014
We visited Rivington Go Ape for my boyfriends birthday and it was so much fun! Staff are all really friendly and helpful and the course itself is so much fun! Would not recommend if you are even slightly scared of heights as even the ladders up to the next levels scared me a bit! Feel very safe at all times due to equipment and safety briefing and get your monies worth whilst friends and family can walk through the Forrest below and watch you take the challenge! Must say don't have any time restrictions on what time you need to leave as it can take longer whilst you're waiting for the people in front! Still fantastic would definitely recommend!
Rated 5 Bananas Nick - Tree Top Adventure, on 14 September 2014
Long Zip Line was awesome
Rated 5 Bananas Dawn - Tree Top Adventure, on 14 September 2014
I asked my boyfriend to accompany me to the closest Go Ape to see if I could rid myself of my debilitating fear of heights. He is a natural up in heights and I often lose him up a tree when we are out and about. I was petrified from pulling up to having out harnesses put on but the instructors (our main instructor was Ben) were so competent and patient that although I was shaking like a leaf they encouraged me to continue and to think calmly as I found certain bits more challenging that others. I managed to complete the first four sections but the fifth will have to wait... Having said that it was a brilliant experience, one I have recommended to many friends and we are both off to Delemere next weekend to experience their course. To say I feel sick stood on a yellow pages, this has got to be one of my biggest personal accomplishments and I am very grateful to the staff.
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