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Hailed the mini Lake District of Manchester, Rivington is a perfect location for Go Ape. With its rugged hills, picturesque reservoirs and woodland bustling with wildlife, it has proved to be a hit with adrenaline lovers who enjoy a whole day out. On the edge of the moors, there’s a wonderful sense of wilderness to Rivington Go Ape. High up in this open, spacious site, our Treetop Challenge offers the perfect blend of blood-pumping action and beautiful country views. With 13-metre-high platforms and a brilliant free-falling Tarzan Swing, this is the only Go Ape location in the UK to feature a zip wire over water. Remember to open your eyes and soak up the view of the reservoir!

go ape adventures at rivington


You really can escape to the countryside at Go Ape Rivington. With its rugged hills, picture-postcard views and bustling woodland this is a great location for some tree-high challenges.

Close to Bolton, 20-minutes from Preston and an hour from Leeds you’ll get a sense of what awaits as you approach. Steeped in history you can admire the two reservoirs and Rivington House Barn which dates back to the 18th century.

Once you’ve got your feet back on firm ground, why not go off the grid for further exploration and fun?

Head into Rivington which is described as one of the prettiest villages in Lancashire.

Rivington Pike is a popular hiking destination and at 1,191-feet above sea level, you can see the Blackpool Tower, Isle of Man and the Lake District Fells on a clear day. There’s also Rivington Terraced Gardens to discover with its hidden paths, caves, structures and lakes.

If all this activity works up an appetite, head over to the historic Great House Barn and Tearoom for some light refreshments.

Location Overview

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  • Parking - Free

  • Dogs welcome

  • Food and drink

  • Picnic Area

  • Walking routes

Great House Barn, Rivington Lane, Horwich, Bolton

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Know Before You Go

  • 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. Either bring a pair or you can buy them at the cabin on the day.

Make A Day of It

  • Hike to the top of Rivington Pike – 1000 metres above sea level.

  • Enjoy some refreshments in the Great House Barn Café. 
  • Head over to Rivington Terraced Gardens to discover hidden paths, caves, structures and lakes.
  • went for my 14 year old sons birthday 4 kids 5 adults all of us had a great time ,the instructors were very good made the experience even better well worth a visit

    Sarah Edwards

  • Me and my son went to go ape at Rivington and we had a great time. Instructor Ian was great and explained everything so that we could have an enjoyable experience. Highly recommended.

    Stuart Spencer

  • Great day even though it rained. Great fun and very well organised. The team were upbeat and very energetic.

    Lee Knowles

  • Even though the weather wasn’t very good still had a fantastic time with my son,and Sam our instructor was very good and very good at putting you at ease and making sure you had a great time,been several times before and will definitely be back again 👍

    Robert Jerry

  • Excellent experience from 10 year old to a 47 year old. Loved it all

    jon b

  • My husband and I did did the course at Rivington on Friday. There were six other people in our group. We received full instructions and training from Luke at Go Ape before we started the course. My husband was the oldest in the group at 62 (the other people were all around 20). We thoroughly enjoyed the course and Luke was watching us and checking we were ok throughout. All the staff were very friendly. Definitely wear something you don't mind ruining as you will get dirty. Bring a change of clothes. There are places to sit and eat your own food or a large barn next to the place that offers snacks and meals. Lots of places to go walking, if you have any energy left. Sat Nav gets you very close but keep going another few hundred yards.

    Suzanne O'Farrell