Ransack Rivington

Sunday 3rd February at 10.00am This is what time the ride will set off. It’s best to get to the starting point at least 15 minutes beforehand to avoid missing the start.

Starting Point & Postcode
Car park on Rivington Lane Located on the left just past Rivington & Blackrod High School BL6 7RU
Overall Duration On a long ride, it’s sometimes good to have a little break in the middle, or maybe a catch up at the beginning or end to keep it sociable. This means that the overall ride duration may be longer than the actual cycling time.
2 hours 5 mins  (1 hours 25 mins cycling)
Bike Type You probably don’t want to drag your road bike across bumpy trails. Maybe you want to make the most of the suspension on your mountain bike. This helps you match your ride to your bike.
Mountain Bike, Hybrid (off road tyres) 

Sky Ride Local in Manchester

If you’re fairly confident on your bike on dirt and gravel surfaces and ready to broaden your cycling horizons, our Off-Road Steady rides are ideal. At a comfortable pace, and possibly with some modest hills along the way, there is barely a metre of tarmac in sight on these rides so come and enjoy the scrunch of gravel and the squelch of mud under your tyres with us! Rides are between 6 and 15 miles long, at a moderate pace of between 7 and 10 miles an hour.


Rivington really is the jewel in the crown of the majestic West Pennine Moors. The village and its beautiful countryside sit on the lower flanks of Winter Hill.  Unbelievably, the top of Winter Hill was once at sea level covered in lush tropical forest.  At the turn of the century William Hesketh Lever, of Lever Brothers washing powder fame, spent some of his fortune on buying the whole manor and created the 'false' ruin of Liverpool Castle and of course the Terraced Gardens.  Your journey is a double loop along the leafy tree lined trails, making the most of the spectacular scenery and iconic landmarks.

Additional Information

Helmets must be worn by all under 18's regardless of ride level.
The minimum age for these rides is 11, there must be no child trailers or child seats, the child capable of riding within the demands of the off-road specification.
Please bring equipment with you to repair punctures.
Ride Leaders are there to help but are not responsible for your bike.
All rides leave at the time stated you must arrive early Ride Leaders will not wait.

Car Parking
Yes, at Car park on Rivington Lane, located on the left just past Rivington & Blackrod High School
Nearest Train Station
Horwich Parkway Railway Station, 3.4 miles 
Toilet Facilities Available?
Yes, at Public toilets to the rear of Great House Barn (aka Bottom Barn or Lower Barn), Rivington Ln, Rivington, Bolton  

Meet the Ride Leaders

  • Joy Lummis Joy Lummis Hi I'm Joy and I love riding my bike. I look forward to meeting others who want to have fun cycling and make new friends whilst getting a bit fitter. All levels of rider welcome. Lots of advice and encouragement if needed. Hope to see you soon .
    Find us on facebook - Breeze Network Lancashire.
  • Allan Roberts Allan Roberts Hi I'm Allan,I did my first ride in 2010 the Manchester City Ride. After that I was hooked I've done at least one ride every weekend since. Met some nice people and made some good friends. Second year as a ride leader and looking forward to it

Rider Comments on the Route

  1. Susan MacKell Sunday 21st July
    Came as a family group - and although a bit bumpy on the cobbles in places - it was a really enjoyable ride with friendly and helpful leaders.
  2. Gary Leece Saturday 30th March
  3. Greg Smith Saturday 30th March
    Normally a great ride on a quiet Sunday, so much going on at Rivington this weekend made progress a little slow. Normal high standards from the ride leaders though :)
  4. Tracie Jackson Saturday 30th March

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