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Explore Gisburn Forest & Stocks
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.9/5)

                        "A wilder place to relax"

Fantastic cycling and walking in the heart of the beautiful Forest of Bowland.

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?

4 Stars 4 Stars

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

chris, 18/Jul/2015
5 Stars 5 Stars

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

Sharon, 17/Jul/2015
5 Stars 5 Stars

Walked the circular route around Stocks Reservoir today and had an amazing time. Have to Disagree with the person complaining about lack of signage and map. From School Lane car park (3.00 for day) there were maps available and signs were very good. Route easy to follow. The facilities, quality of paths and general maintenance of the route were all impeccable. Thank you to all who do this work and look after such a beautiful place.

Terry and Jill Parkinson, 12/Jun/2015

Thanks for your feedback, it is great to hear you enjoyed your visit.

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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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