Outdoor Activities

Outdoor Activities

Whether you are into adrenaline-fuelled activities like climbing and high ropes courses, or more tranquil pastimes such as sailing, canoeing or fishing, the West Pennine Moors has many sites to enjoy taking part in all these activities


The rich quarrying heritage of the West Pennine has left a legacy of quarries used for climbing, by climbing clubs.  Locally popular quarries include: Anglezarke, Troy and Wilton Quarries.  Wilton Quarry has recently been purchased by the British Mountaineering Council to be managed as a climbing quarry. 

Go Ape

You can test your nerve on the new high wire adventure; climbing trees, sliding down zip lines and crossing rope bridges high up in the woodlands along the shore of Lower Rivington Reservoir.  Go Ape Rivington is due to open in Spring 2009.  For more information visit the Go Ape website.


A number of the reservoirs gracing the valleys and moorlands of the area provide excellent sailing venues.  Belmont, Delph and Jumbles Reservoirs are used by the Bolton, Delph and Jumbles Sailing Clubs, respectively.

The Anderton Centre

This outdoor activity centre boasts exclusive use of Lower Rivington Reservoir for water sports including canoeing, kayaking, raft-building and dinghy-sailing.  The attracive grounds accommodate a range of land-based activities such as archery, abseiling and orienteering.  For more information on activities at the Anderton Centre, visit the website.

Fishing and Angling

Many of the numerous reservoirs are licenced for fishing and angling through a number of local clubs.  These reservoirs include Anglezarke & Rivington, Entwistle, Jumbles, Ogden, Roddlesworth & Rakes Brook and Wayoh.