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Explore Gisburn Forest
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.3/5)

Latest News (28/07/2014 11:10)

"Gisburn Forest Hub will be closed on 1st - 3rd August to enable us to host Cloudspotting music & arts festival.
Bike trails and walks are still open, but car parking space for day visitors is very limited.
The festival is a weekend long, ticketed event. Some tickets are still available, see" for more details

Welcome to Gisburn Forest, an amazing place for biking with far reaching views of the Forest of Bowland.

Gisburn Hub logoGisburn Forest Hub

The new car park, viewpoint, trails, toilets and cafe are now fully open. Ride the new Skills Loop and visit the new Forest Den Café (over the winter open weekends only 10am to 4pm).

Gisburn Forest Hub is located at: Stephen Park, Gisburn Forest, Slaidburn, Lancashire BB7 4TS.

Gisburn Forest map and trail information.


At Gisburn Forest Hub explore the all ability trail that leads to a panoramic view of Stocks Reservoir and the Forest of Bowland. The forest is criss-crossed with lots of footpaths and there is a reservoir walk that starts from School Lane car park.

Gisburn Forest bike trails 

Gisburn Forest has two fantastic mountain bike trails, the moderate graded Bottoms Beck for younger or novice riders and the red graded 18km "The 8" for those with a higher level of experience and skill. At Gisburn Forest hub you'll find a new Skills Loop to practice riding mountain bike trail features.

Forest Den Cafe

Come in for bacon butties, a wide range of sandwiches & paninis, hot fresh ground coffee, home baking & more. Great for hungry bikers! Forest Den Cafe menu. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the summer, 10am to 4pm and all public holidays.

Picnic Cinema 2014

Picnic Cinema is a unique opportunity to experience classic cinema and camp over in some of Englands most spectacular forests.

What do other visitors say?

4 Stars 4 Stars

Excellent trails and awesome mountain biking. Hully gully and hope line are personal favourites, trail is getting badly worn in places and can be quite hazardous in places

B4GGEE, 29/Jul/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

Amazing, not for the unfit or novice riders though. The red is tougher than the blacks at Coed ye brenin

Charlie, 13/Jul/2014
3 Stars 3 Stars

Good red and black rated track, fantastic in places - Hully Gully is awesome. However the tracks not free flowing enough and heavily eroded in places making riding some of the sections a real chore. Also had other family members with us who wanted to walk but there are no signposted walks from the hub which is very disappointing.Have to echo other comments, great toilet block, but cafe closed at 4.30pm on a Sunday afternoon in July.

David, 6/Jul/2014
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What's Here?

  • Cycling
  • Picnic
  • Viewpoint
  • Cafe
  • Forest Den Cafe
  • Mountain biking
  • Skills Loop
  • Easy Access
  • Easy access trail at Gisburn Forest hub.
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • 3 All Day
    1.50 - 1hr
  • Trail (easy)
  • All ability hub trail leading to a viewpoint.
  • Toliets
  • Located at Forest Den Cafe
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SD745560
Postcode: BB7 4TS

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Opening & Parking

3 All Day
1.50 - 1hr
Discovery Pass
Get free parking for a year at Gisburn Forest Hub, Cocklet Hill and School Lane car parks, with a Discovery Pass for only 30.
Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification certifiedForest Stewardship Council certified