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

                          "A wilder place to relax"

Gisburn Forest is a fantastic place for cycling and walking, found in the heart of the beautiful Forest of Bowland.

Cloudspotting 2013 Gisburn Forest Cloudspotting

Join us at Gisburn for a 3 day Music, Art & Beer festival. Camping a must. Childrens activities for all ages. Fabulous food, ales & ciders from local micro breweries. 24/25/26 July

Local home baking and fresh coffee and hot chocolate on offer at the Cafe in the ForestForest 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. 


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.         

Mountain Biking 

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.


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?

Hi, we went to walk around Stocks Res yesterday and got hopelessly lost. The signage wasn't particularly visible and those that were, were very faded. I didnt know if there was a map as I think we ended up doing it backwards as well. Some more information here as to the walk, a basic map and some directions to print off would make a big difference to people not having done this loop before. It was a gorgeous walk but we ended up on the res fishing land and were sent off it from the lad on a quad but we got even more lost from there. Unless there is a site you can point me to with more details! Apologies if there are other sites but some advice on here would be helpful.


Emma, 27/Apr/2015

The Stocks reservoir circular walk belongs to and is managed by our neighbours, United Utilities. We will pass on the feedback to our colleagues at United Utilities.

Forestry Commission Response
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been here a few times before and it's great, free parking on the bridge, lot of fun trail for novice and experienced riders. And the good thing is you don't have to be amazing at mountain biking to follow the red trail, although some experience is required.

Anonymous, 12/Mar/2015

can you tell me ,are dogs allowed in gisburn forest .

k chesman, 11/Feb/2015

Well behaved dogs are welcome if you're walking on the footpaths or forest roads in the forest. However, dogs are not permitted on the mountain bike trails, for the safety of riders (and the dogs!)

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What's Here?

  • Cycling
  • Picnic
  • Viewpoint
  • Cafe
  • Forest Den Cafe
  • 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
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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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