Gisburn the wilder place to relax. Enjoy fantastic cycling and walking in the heart of the beautiful Forest of Bowland.
Explore our newly accredited Dark Sky Discovery Site at Gisburn. Be in awe as the cosmos magically reveals itself in the skies over Bowland.
Experience stars in the night sky like never before when visiting Gisburn Forest after dark this winter. Try our "Why stars matter" trail to see why we hold Dark Sky Discovery status and are amongst the top stargazing sites in the country.
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.
Enjoy a welcome refreshment break in the Gisburn Forest Hub Cafe. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm and Bank Holidays from 9am to 6pm.
Bike hire also now available from £8. Full details on the Gisburn Hub Cafe and Bike Hire website.
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.
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?
3 StarsSarah Jane, 12/Dec/2016
Had a lovely walk round the forest but was disappointed in the lack of signs and got lost on more than one occasion. The amount of litter on the paths was heartbreaking and it's a shame that cyclists and walkers cannot take their litter home.
Forestry Commission Response
Thanks for your feedback and sorry that you experienced some difficulties with the waymarking. The trails are inspected regularly so we'll pass your comments back to the ranger team to review and investigate improvements.
5 StarsAnonymous, 24/Sep/2016
Excellent. Completed the blue trail (carefully) with my 5 year old daughter on her tag along bike! Blue trail is technical enough to be fun for mums and dads, but still possible to do with little ones. Facilities are excellent too and parking 3.00 for thee day. Will definitely be back.
3 StarsDale, 25/Aug/2016
First time last Monday & Tuesday, was very boggy ground on Monday but still lots of fun, we did get lost though so I think could maybe do with being signposted a little better/clearer but all in all excellent day out and will be planning to go again as soon as I think we'll get a good few days sun so fingers crossed I'm not waiting to long lol thanks to all the volunteers that helped with creating it :)