A Day Out In Rivington Come Rain Or Shine
It was voted Best Tourism Experience at the Lancashire and Blackpool Tourism Awards in 2011 and nominated for Small Visitor Attraction in the 2012 Visit Manchester Awards. If you are keen to take on the challenge of one of the most exciting zip wires Go Ape has to offer, then head this way. Go Ape Rivington also recently played host to the Iron Man UK competition, proving that it's not just Tarzan-alikes that are drawn for a day out in Rivington.
Go Ape at Rivington offers visitors one of the best outdoor adventures in Lancashire - and it has the awards to prove it.
What to do?
If you want to take in more of the surrounding area then a walk is the perfect way to do this. Rivington Pike and its tower on top of Winter Hill can be seen from miles around and once you reach its summit you can see as far as the Cumbrian Fells in the Lake District, Blackpool Tower and the Welsh Mountains. As well as the Pike, there are a number of other sights to see on your walk: Rivington Terraced Gardens; Lever Castle; numerous waterfalls and reservoirs; as well as the village itself. Head out and about on a bike rather than on foot and you'll see even more.
Where to go?
Fletcher Moss Gardens, Manchester
Being so close to Manchester it seems a shame not to visit this exciting city while you're in the area. As well as a wealth of culture (Cornerhouse, Whitworth Art Gallery and the People's Museum, for example), there are also places to escape as well. Fletcher Moss Gardens span 21 suburbs and are notable for the rare flora and fauna that grows there. Follow the nature trail and you can explore woods, saunter along the River Mersey, discover a tiered rock garden, and pop off for a quick game of tennis on the designated courts.
Where to eat?
Yew Tree Inn
The Yew Tree Inn in Anglezarke is a pub that dates back to the 1870s. With its original flagstone floors, oak furniture and traditional charm, this pub is a great place to have a debrief and bite to eat after your visit to Go Ape. There is an emphasis on local produce and this is reflected in the menu. Small dishes include Lancashire cheese on toast, Lancashire black pudding and mushrooms topped with Lancashire cheese. Or if you have worked up a real appetite you might want to go for something larger - Rivington pork ribs, Rivington pork belly and haddock battered in Anglezarke Ale. It is open every day of the week except Mondays.
And something for a rainy day?
Bring a waterproof
Don't let a bit of (or even a lot of) rain put you off having an amazing time at Go Ape. Think of it as a refreshing treetop adventure. Of course, the key to enjoying being out in the rain is not getting wet. If the weather looks a bit iffy, make sure you pack the right gear so you are prepared. Come armed with a rain coat (with a hood), waterproof trousers and sturdy weatherproof shoes or boots and you will hardly even notice the rain. After all, Tarzan and Jane weren't afraid of getting wet, so neither should you be.