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

Stick Man gamesStick Man Games

Enjoy a summer of sport with the Stick Man Games! Race Stick Man at one of our sports day events, have fun in our activity arenas, or host your own games with an activity pack.

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.

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

 Dotties Tea Trailer & Outdoor Cafe

Come along to Dotties Tea Trailer at Gisburn Hub. Now open weekends and bank holidays, 11am to 4pm.


Roam freeley 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.

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.

Forest Den Cafe

The cafe is currently closed as we are in the process of finding a new tenant. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and we hope to be opening again soon. 


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?

Can u send me details regarding running the cafe thanks

Mandy pickering, 15/Apr/2016

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:

Forestry Commission Response

Could you give me some details about the cafe and who we contact to talk to about this. Thank you Kim

Kim Parker, 29/Mar/2016

If you send your contact details to we can pass your enquiry to the correct member of staff. Information on all current business opportunities is available on our tenders webpage,

Forestry Commission Response

Rode around the forest on our bikes, much of it on fire-roads but some on the trails. I have not visited this forest for 20 years (even though we only live 20 miles away) but what a fabulous peaceful day we had. We will certainly be back.

Chris, 20/Mar/2016
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Last updated: 26th May 2016

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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
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.

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