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Explore Gisburn Forest
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.4/5)

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 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.

Walking 

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. Over the winter open weekends only 10am to 4pm.

What do other visitors say?

4 Stars 4 Stars

Been there for several visits over the last 20 years ( it used to be just a forest). Fire roads are good even in wet weather. Lots of new tracks including very difficult/ impossible sections. Need more sign posts for one way routes, and more easier grade tracks. Some tacks in wrong grade as far as I can tell, so beware, but it is a great place. Bought a season ticket now. Need to get fitter before I try any more single tracks, but the fire roads will suffice for now.

Sutty, 14/Apr/2014
4 Stars 4 Stars

Four of us did The 8 and loved it. Bar a couple of spills it was non stop smiles. Hully Gully was a bit bumpy on the drops out of the HUGE berms where theres alot of braking going on, but that was the only negative I can remember. Well done and thanks to those that put that route together- top job.

Phil Edge, 8/Apr/2014
4 Stars 4 Stars

SEEM,S TO BE A RECURING THEME OF WALKERS ON BIKE ROUTES.WENT THERE TODAY MET WALKERS WITH YOUNG KIDS AND DOGS RUNNING LOOSE,IN MY SECOND VISIT THIS MONTH,WON,T BE LONG BEFORE SOMEONE COMES A CROPPER.

KEVIN BRAYSHAW, 23/Mar/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

Location

OS Grid ref: SD745560
Postcode: BB7 4TS

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Contact

Opening & Parking

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.
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