Last updated: 21/11/2021

COVID 19 update 

Our recreation site, car parks and toilets will remain open.

Please follow Government guidelines and observe social distancing where necessary, to ensure the safety of yourself, other visitors and our staff.

Please follow the countryside code and make sure your visit is safe and responsible.

Footpath Closure

We're carrying out work to extend and improve the overflow channel at Rivington. There will be some temporary footpath closures until spring 2023. This map indicates the footpaths which will be affected during this work. Thank you for your patience.

RivingtonGifted to the people of Bolton by Lord Leverhulme, Lever Park has been a country park since 1904. The park is a mixture of open ground, woodland and avenues with a replica of Liverpool Castle located near the lower reservoir. The terraced gardens – once the private gardens of Lord Levehulme’s residence - provide visitors with a unique landscape to explore.

These include a Japanese garden and lake, magnificent 7-arched bridge, an Italian garden and lake, a number of summer houses and viewing platforms and the former Orchestra Lawn. There are spectacular views westward toward the coast from the Pigeon Tower. Down by the reservoirs there are network of paths suitable for walking, wheelchairs and cycling. The GO Ape Rivington provides something for the more adventurous.  


Location   Opening Hours   Parking   Other Activities

Great House Barn Information Centre, Rivington Lane, Horwich, Bolton, BL6 7SB.

Tel: 01204 691 549.


Lever Park is open dawn to dusk, throughout the year. 


Great House car park - (BL6 7SB) is located near the case and information centre.

Rivington reservoir car park - close to Rivington and Blackrod High School (BL6 7SE) is close to Liverpool Castle. 

  Go Ape Rivington – adventure centre with treetop rope trail. 
Toilets   Wheelchair Access   Cafe   Picnic Area
Yes.   Accessible routes around Lever Park.   

The Great House Barn tea room, open 10:00am – 4:00pm.  

Walking   Information   Sailing    

There are multiple trails around Lever Park linking to terraced gardens, Rivington Pike and other reservoirs in the area. Maps available from the information centre. Temporary closures are in place in Rivington. You can view the affected footpaths here

  The Great House Information Centre, 10.30am-4.30pm, Wednesday to   Sunday, and is also open on Bank Holidays from 10:30am until 4:30pm. Closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.   Water-based and land-based outdoor learning and activities are available for groups through the Anderton Centre (PR6 9HG) based on the west side of Rivington lower Reservoir.    



We want to share our beautiful sites with you, and we ask you enjoy them in a manner that allows others to enjoy them after you, this includes:

  • Following the Countryside Code - Respect, Protect and Enjoy.
  • Taking your litter home, or using the available bins.
  • Keeping dogs under control for the safety of livestock and others.
  • Respecting farmers at work on the land by leaving gates as you find them.
  • Sticking to paths when walking, running or cycling. This helps us protect the sensitive ecosystems that form the habitats on our sites.
  • Please help guard against wildfires by not bringing BBQ’s and taking care with disguarded cigarettes.

  • You may also want to read about:

    Reservoir safety

    Blue-green algae

    Giant hogweed

    Recreation permits