Rivington Reservoir Ramble

Thursday 14th 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
Rivington Hall Barn Rivington BL6 7SB
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.
1 hours 30 mins  (50 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 Bolton

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.


This route is perfect for families that want to explore Rivington without climbing the pike. The route stays mostly on bridleways so can get a bit bumpy, and don’t be put off if it rains as this is a great ride for putting on the waterproofs and having a splash in some puddles. Starting at Rivington Hall Barn, we will head along the hill without having to climb up all the way to the back of Blackrod School. We will then cross over Rivington Lane and head along the reservoir passing the Go Ape! tree-top adventure area before heading back.

Additional Information

Helmets must be worn by all under 18's regardless of ride level.
The minimum age for these rides is 8, there must be no child trailers or child seats, children must be 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 Rivington Hall Barn and along lane leading to the Barn
Nearest Train Station
Adlington, o/s Railway Station, 2.5 miles 
Toilet Facilities Available?
Yes, at Rivington Hall Barn  

Meet the Ride Leaders

  • Jim Taylor Jim Taylor Hi,
    I’m Jim Taylor and have been cycling for the past 16 years. This is my 3rd year as a Sky Ride Leader and each year the variety of rides has just got better. Cycling has given me immense pleasure over the years and the opportunity to help other to also share that enjoyment is the reason I became a Sky Ride Leader.
    For the past 2 years I have been a Volunteer Bike Leader for Wigan Leisure Services Active Living Team which aims to help people get back cycling. The rides are all off-road and are suitable for beginners and those who are a little more confident.
    I am also a volunteer ranger for the cycling charity Sustrans. This entails promoting the work of Sustrans at various events and helping to maintain, sign and promote cycle routes on the National Cycle Network.
    I look forward to riding with you all to provide plenty of enjoyment and fun on all the rides.
  • Mike Bower Mike Bower My love affair with the bicycle started at around the age of eight when I bought my first 2-wheeler from a friend for threepence, however it probably cost my father at least a week’s wages for new components to get it working safely.

    During my late teens other issues took over such as work, cars etc. which led to the other things, such as a wife, home and kids.

    In my early thirties and with encouragement from my wife to lose a few pounds (stones) my interest towards the bike was rekindled. I began by just doing a few miles locally and eventually took to riding with a club, as I had done in my youth. The wonderful memories of those early years came flooding back.

    Riding amongst the thousands of other happy bike riders in the initial Manchester Skyride with my then nine year old granddaughter led to my participation in the Skyride Local events which for me opened up a whole new avenue of extremely enjoyable safely controlled social cycling and the start of many new greatly valued friendships.

    Becoming a Skyride Leader has given me the opportunity to welcome and encourage others into the participation and pleasure of safe group cycling, be it a family tootle around the park or a 20 miler through country lanes. It's all great. Please enjoy!

Rider Comments on the Route

  1. Mei Chadwick Sunday 30th June
    The guides are superb and very friendly. They were very patient as we had to stop a couple of times because of my son who was not very confident on his bike. I'm hoping that with more of these rides, he will start building up his courage. Thanks you Sky Ride!
  2. Jason Mayor Sunday 9th June
    Excellent ride for newcomers to off road riding. Possibly a little short but easy to add extra distance if required.

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