Gisburn the wilder place to relax. Enjoy fantastic cycling and walking in the heart of the beautiful Forest of Bowland.
Dark Skies at Gisburn
Explore our newly accredited Dark Sky Discovery Site at Gisburn. Be in awe as the cosmos magically reveals itself in the skies over Bowland.
6 amazing forests in 6 breath-taking locations. Chopwell, Gisburn, Grizedale, Hamsterley, Kielder, Whinlatter are the Super 6! Grab your bike and discover our exhilarating trails!
Take a walk on the Wild Side
Venture into the wilderness on our Wild Walk. This is a ¾ mile trail which was set up for the Cloudspotting Music festival. It was so popular we decided to leave in place until the end of August. Beware, it is rough surface of grass, soil, leaves, sticks & logs so look out for trip hazards. Download a map here
Roam freely on foot through the forest, follow one of our way-marked forest walks or you could try the Stocks reservoir circular walks. Fabulous scenery and great opportunities for seeing wildlife.
Outstanding mountain biking on award winning trails, Brush up your technique on our Bike Skills Loop, then get some adventure on the Bottoms Beck and "The 8" cross country trails or grab some air on the Hope Line.
Lots to do: horse riding, orienteering, wild fishing, kite flying, picnics...
For your enjoyment, we are able to host a range of events throughout the year. From Cloudspotting music and arts festival to ourdoor theatre, bike races and demo days.
Enjoy a welcome refreshement break in the Forest Den Cafe in Gisburn open Wednesday to Sunday 9-5.
Get involved with Gisburn Forest Trail Builders - help bring our motto to life "build them, ride them". Bespoke volunteer days organised for groups - tree planting, tree thinning, dry-stone walling, trail and path work.
There are a wide range of habitats at Gisburn Forest and Stocks supporting a very diverse range of wildlife. There are different things to see in every season.
We would like everyone to be able to enjoy Gisburn Forest. For help planning your visit please this accessibility page.
What do other visitors say?
5 StarsGreat blue trail and new cafe tenants at last!!, 30/May/2016
Completed the blue trail twice today with my 7 year old girl. Rough and tough in places on her 24" wheeled hardtail but a good next step up from the likes of the Minotaur at Coed Y Brenin.
Also, the cafe has finally re-opened - looks good so far. Friendly staff and lots of choice!! We will be back but next time, we won't need to bring a picnic!
Mandy pickering, 15/Apr/2016
Can u send me details regarding running the cafe thanks
Forestry Commission Response
Unfortunately the café tender has now closed but we will forward your details to the Gisburn team for future reference. All current tender opportunities are listed on the following website: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/england-tenders
Kim Parker, 29/Mar/2016
Could you give me some details about the cafe and who we contact to talk to about this. Thank you Kim
Forestry Commission Response
If you send your contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org we can pass your enquiry to the correct member of staff. Information on all current business opportunities is available on our tenders webpage, http://www.forestry.gov.uk/england-tenders