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Manchester's Own Mini Lake District

 Just a 20 minute escape from Bolton, Rivington is a green oasis at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse with a high ropes course beyond compare. 

Set 10 metres above the forest floor, our Tree Top Adventure has just the right mix of adrenaline-pumping action and awe-inpsiring views. This is the only Go Ape in the UK to feature a zip wire over water. Soar above the gentle waves of the reservoir, before landing to the sound of your cheering Tribe.

Tree Top Adventure

Join us for two to three hours of insane obstacles and crossings, including a 198-metre zip wire. See the forest from another perspective as you leap from our mighty platforms into cargo nets and scramble your way to some serious bragging rights. Come rain or shine, grab your Tribe and test your balance and nerve.

Take a look at what’s involved:


Baboon (10-15)


Gorilla (16+)


Tree Top Adventure Supervision Ratios 2018

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  • Wear sensible clothes for adventure
  • Footwear must be sturdy and suitable for the outdoors. No sandals, slip off shoes, open toes or heels.
  • Gloves are a good idea. Bring a pair or buy them at the cabin on the day.
  • parking is free, be sure to arrive with time to park


  • Discover the Japanese Terraced Gardens
  • Hike to the top of Rivington Pike - 1000 metres above sea level
  • Enjoy a well deserved drink in the Great House Barn Café
  • Stroll through the nearby woodland

Life at Rivington


Just 40 minutes from Manchester, Go Ape Rivington is the city escape you never knew you needed. With its rugged hills, picturesque reservoirs and woodland bustling with wildlife, it's an oasis - with thrills to match.


View directions and opening times below
Rivington Map
How To Find Us

Go Ape Rivington
Great House Barn
Rivington Lane


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.

Opening Times

Our forest doors at Rivington are open nearly all year around so there's plenty of time to live life adventurously.

However, we usually close after early December as not only does it get a little chilly we like to give our adventures a little TLC during this time.

To see when you can unleash your inner ape at your preferred Go Ape location please use our orange booking bar to view available booking dates. 

We highly recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment. 

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