Gisburn Forest plays host to a diverse range of habitats and wildlife.
There are newly created “native woods”, hidden ancient woods and there is farmland. There are woodland glades, bogs and becks; there are flowers, birds and bugs. There’s space to breathe and time to lose…so come explore.
Although there are no routes in the forest that are specially designed for horse riding, you are welcome to explore the forest road network.
There are three way-marked walks for an easy introduction to the forest. These walks start from United Utilities’ car park at Vicarage Garden and are waymarked with coloured posts that have the same colour as the trail name..
White Trail - 2.1 kilometres - allow 40 minutes
A gently undulating walk through mixed coniferous and broadleaved woodland, with fine views of Stocks Reservoir.
Blue Trail - 3.5 kilometres - allow 1 hour
Passing through mixed woodland this route follows, in part, an old farmstead track known as Eggberry Road. There are views over Bottoms Beck to the ancient broadleaved woodland of Park Wood.
Red Trail - 5.3 kilometres - allow 1.5 hours
This is the longest route combining many of the best qualities of the two shorter walks. From Birch Hills the route passes over Swinshaw Top before dropping down to Bottoms Beck. The beck is followed downstream, for a while via the course of an old rail track that was used for the transport of stone during the dam construction at Stocks Reservoir, then onto Eggberry Road.