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Explore Gisburn Forest & Stocks
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.8/5)

Gisburn the wilder place to relax. Enjoy fantastic cycling and walking in the heart of the beautiful Forest of Bowland.

Starry sky at Stocks reservoir. Gisburn ForestDark 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.

StargazingStargazing in the forest

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.

Super6webgraphicRide the Super 6

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.

Gisburn Forest Hub Cafe and Bike Hire

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.

Other Activities

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 Stars 3 Stars

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.

Sarah Jane, 12/Dec/2016

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.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

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.

Anonymous, 24/Sep/2016
3 Stars 3 Stars

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 :)

Dale, 25/Aug/2016
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Last updated: 13th January 2017

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What's Here?

  • Cycling
  • Picnic
  • Viewpoint
  • 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
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OS Grid ref: SD745560
Postcode: BB7 4TS

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Opening & Parking

3 All Day
1.50 - 1hr
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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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