"A wilder place to relax"
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.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 CafeCome 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.
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.accessibility page.
What do other visitors say?
Thinking about visiting to try out the Blue run with a view to bringing my 2 girls (aged 7 and 8). I'm in between bikes and only have a hybrid at the moment. Is the Blue run doable on a hybrid? Thanks
Forestry Commission Response
An adult rider with some off road experience should be fine on our blue trail, even on a hybrid type bike. It is difficult for us to advise on your daughters without knowing what level of experience they have; some youngsters can struggle, others will fly round. The trail was designed for mountain bikes and includes a couple of "fun" sections with tighter twists and turns. The two trickiest sections of our blue trail are "The Snake" from the trail start at Gisburn Forest Hub to marker post number 10 and "Park Wood" between marker post numbers 4 and 5. Both of these sections are easily bypassed along forest road if you are not sure - have a look at the downloadable map on the Gisburn bike trail section of our website. The skills loop at Gisburn Forest Hub has a blue loop that will give you an idea of what to expect.
4 Starschris, 18/Jul/2015
Had a great day out on the trails with the bike. The 8 is a great trail with lots of good scenery and technical bits only downside was the signs weren't very clear at some parts. Other thing than that 10/10
5 StarsSharon, 17/Jul/2015
Ran the short 5 mile (ish) route around the forest today, its a gorgeous walk, but after visiting Coed y Brenin, Snowdonia, Wales my question is why can't we do the same running trails here? It would be excellent