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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.
  • It was an amazing experience

    Melvin Vincent

  • Me and my 2 brothers thoroughly enjoyed our trip to rivington go ape, I will certainly b2 recommending this place to everyone and we will be back very soon :) The staff were lovely and very thorough


  • Had a fantastic day out with my teens. One isn't great with heights and can't thank staff like Ben and Charlotte enough, for their patience and support. So don't be put off if you have a friend/family member with vertigo! The induction was thorough and professional. There are 5 sites, gets harder as you go along, but your confidence builds and the views are lovely. Highly recommend to all, will definitely be visiting again soon, as well as checking out other Go Ape sites!


  • Very helpful staff and very safe.

    J Patel

  • Great day out with the kids, value for money, lovely area to look at and zip line along the reservoir. Staff are fabulous, very accommodating, friendly and fun

    Kirsty Rose

  • The course has various skills activities setup. At first my 10 year old was a bit dubious of taking part and scared of heights. He went from that, to taking part in the more tricky activities and by the end was saying ‘was that the last one, can we go round again’. Loved it!!

    Michael Casterton