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Rivington

(Lancashire)

Near Bolton

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 (...it 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
Horwich
Bolton

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 Coriene - Tree Top Adventure, on 30 July 2014
When we arrived the staff were very friendly and helpful. The safety briefing was informative but not too long, which is great as many people in my group of four lack concentration (but they all got it, yey!). We all absolutely loved the large zip wire and the view, and the extreme Tarzan swing what a rush. The staff were so helpful to those who let's say, weren't the best with heights (my sister), I loved the fact they talked her through the Tarzan swing and supported her at the bottom of the large zip wire encouraging her to carry on (she even did the large Tarazan swing), this was mainly because she couldn't face going upside down on a rope ha ha. Loved the fact there was water at one of the sections, allowing a quick break and replenishment. The whole experience was a fantastic end to a great weekend, and we are now planning to go to the Glasgow go ape in the future to the large zip wires, although my sister may have to sit that one out. Thank you so much for a GREAT experience.
Rated 4 Bananas Adam - Tree Top Adventure, Zip Trekking Adventure, on 28 July 2014
Obstacles generally aren't challenging enough I assume so they can be conquered easily by the majority however an extreme leg would be appealing. However thoroughly enjoyable, I will return.
Rated 5 Bananas Fiona - Tree Top Adventure, on 11 July 2014
The Safety advisor made the whole experience more relaxed and fun, especially when practicing before allowed on the course! They also helped reassure and give guidance to the best of their ability to participant who where in the group! Defiantly good people person skills!Well done Vaun! You made the trip more worth while to us. The course and obstacles where great and challenging in their own ways. Especially when you can pick at a slit section which way to go. Gives you more empowerment, than thinking you are following a complete course from start to finish.Even though we still think the activity is worth a lot of money, especially in the economy. We'd go more often if not as dear. We waited 4 years to visit for the first try.Such a great day out, good memories to be savoured!
Rated 5 Bananas chantal - Tree Top Adventure, on 11 July 2014
Really enjoy visiting go ape. i normally go to the one in the lakes but this one is just as good! highly recomended and will return again in the near future.
Rated 5 Bananas Sarah - Tree Top Adventure, on 6 July 2014
Great fun, would recommend to others for a fun and different day out! Loved the zip wires at the end of each stage, wish there were more. Would like to see what other courses are like and would love to try the tandem zip wire in the Lakes.
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