Go Ape Rivington

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You can find Go Ape in the heart of Lancashire, a 20-minute drive from Bolton. Tucked away in the borough of Chorley, Go Ape's high ropes experience lies adjacent to Lower Rivington Reservoir. If you're looking for things to do and a fun day out close to Manchester, look no further. The Treetop Challenge is a 2-3 hour experience which includes zip lines and high wire obstacles. Designed for young couples, friends, and families with kids over the age of 10 - Go Ape's one of Lancashire's best outdoor activities. This is also the only Go Ape to feature a zip wire over water. Fact.

Where is Go Ape Rivington located?

Go Ape Rivington is nestled close to Bolton, just 30 minutes from Manchester, in the mini Lake District of Manchester.

Details on what activities are available at Go Ape Rivington?

The Treetop Challenge, a high ropes course appropriate for explorers above ten years old, is available at Go Ape Rivington. This course offers an action-packed adventure in beautiful surroundings with thrilling obstacles, 13-meter-high platforms, and a zip wire above the reservoir.

Things to do in the local area?

There are many attractions in the vicinity of Rivington. Explore the Rivington Terraced Gardens, trek up Rivington Pike for breathtaking vistas, and stop at the historic Great House Barn and Tearoom. The area is a fantastic place to spend a day because it is full of historical sites, breathtaking scenery, and outdoor activities.

Other Information

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.

Facilities & information

Features and facilities

Dog friendly


Child friendly

Woodland walks

Free car parking (on site)


Activities, Recreations, Games, Sports

Parking Available




Picnic area

Extra info

Nearest Train Station: Blackrod station
Price Details: Treetop Challenge - £36

Arrival information & directions

Address: Great House Barn, Horwich, Bolton, Lancashire, BoltonBL6 7SB, United Kingdom

By car:

Please ensure that you don't access any private driveways or follow directions to Spring Cottage as this will take you to the wrong location.

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 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 Go Ape 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. Go Ape's on the right at the bottom of the car park.

Due to the rural nature of the locations, postcodes are not always accurate when using satellite navigation. Please always check the route it has given you before setting off and cross-referencing with a map.

Go Ape has its own car park in front of the Go Ape cabin, which is free, but it gets very busy, so arrive on time and share cars where you can.

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 three mile walk.

By 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 Go Ape's front door. You can connect to it easily from Adlington Railway station and once at site you can secure your bike to Go Ape's 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 Go Ape's Rivington team.




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