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Things to do in Rivington

Days Out In Rivington

Labeled Manchester’s own Lake District, Rivington is the perfect city escape.

Situated close to Bolton, only 20-minutes from Preston, 30-minutes from Manchester, and an hour's drive from Leeds, there are plenty of things to do in Rivington and the surrounding areas.

Here’s our guide to planning your perfect days out in Rivington for adventure lovers longing to explore the great outdoors and swap the noise of city life with a refreshing nature escape.

Mans POV from Go Ape Rivington crossing looking down at treetops

Go Ape Rivington

Go Ape Rivington is the ultimate outdoor activity in Rivington. Get ready to take on new heights with Treetop Challenge and immerse yourself in the breath-taking scenery on the edge of the moors. Go Ape Rivington hosts a perfect mix of heart-racing action and magical country views with 13-metre-high platforms and a thrilling free-falling Tarzan Swing. 

Not to mention Go Ape Rivington is the only Go Ape site in the UK to feature a zip wire over water. So resist the urge to close your eyes on this one or risk missing the reservoir views as you soar through the air. 

Go Ape Rivington’s Treetop Challenge will take you around 2-3 hours to complete and is suitable for anyone over 10 years old and over 1.4m. 

You’ll find this Rivington site located nearby a variety of other outdoor activities in Rivington, making it the perfect bucket-list stop before you head off on your day of adventure.

Hike Rivington Pike

Rivington Pike is one of the most popular hiking destinations in Lancashire, and it’s no surprise as this stunning spot stands at 1,191 feet above sea level allowing for picturesque views of Blackpool Tower, Isle of Man, and the Lake District Fells.

There are a variety of walking routes to Rivington Pike you can choose from. Including a shorter and popular route from Rivington Hall Barn to Rivington Terraced Gardens.

It's important to note that if you’re planning a trip to Rivington Pike, it doesn’t have a postcode or address. The closest address to find this hiking spot is Rivington Hall Barn, which also offers free parking. 

The ideal starting point for your walk if you’re opting for the route to Rivington Terraced Gardens.

Rivington Terraced Gardens

One of Rivingtons main attractions and seeped in history, Rivington Terraced Gardens are definitely a worthy visit during your time in Rivington.

Open and free to the public at all times, you can discover marvellous structures like the Pigeon Tower, the Seven Arch Bridge, the Summer Houses, and Loggia. Not forgetting the Pulham rock faces and the beautiful lakes. And if that’s not enough to convince you to stop by the Terraced Gardens, in 2014 Countryfile named this unique Gardens Britain’s Best Lost Garden.

Great House Barn and Tea Room

Finish off your adventure-packed day out in Rivington by stopping off at the Great House Barn and Tea Room. 

Another gem of a find in Rivington and another history-rich visit. With history dating back to the early 18th century, Great House Barn is a cruck barn with magnificent original oak beams making it a quirky place to enjoy the local home-cooked produce.

Don’t forget to take a memento to remember your day in Manchester’s own Lake District with something from the gift shop.

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