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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.
  • Parking is free, but leave additional time to park as it can get very busy.

Make A Day of It

  • Hike to the top of Rivington Pike – over 1000 feet 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.
  • Thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I was impressed how well the manager and staff treated my son who only made it to stage 2 before it all becoming too much for him. The way they showed compassion and support was excellent, so thank you. I will be passing on my experience to friends and family and will try the zip wires in Grizedale forest too. Many thanks again, Martin Ormesher

    Martin Ormesher

  • Lovely time spent with my two boys - thanks to the team and special thanks to Helen.

    Derek Calloway

  • Thank you for making my partners 30th Birthday experience so enjoyable

    John Gorner

  • Brilliant family day, exhausting, nd challenging, grate fun

    joanne webb

  • We love the Go Ape course at Rivington. I really struggled with the new equipment though and quite often was more focused on getting the safety equipment sorted than enjoying the course. It’s not great to struggle with the equipment when you’re daring yourself to jump off a ledge at great height! Overall it was great fun though and amazing tree top views. We especially loved the long zip wire over the reservoir and the challenging but exhilarating tarzan swings!


  • Fabulous place to burn off some energy. Staff are friendly and very helpful. Would and have recommended it to lots of people. Thank you all and hopefully see you again soon. 🐒🐒🐒

    Stephen Cornthwaite