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Explore Gisburn Forest
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.3/5)

Colour rating today: turned golden turned golden

Welcome to Gisburn Forest, an amazing place for biking with far reaching views of the Forest of Bowland.

Gisburn Hub logoGisburn Forest Hub

The new car park, viewpoint, trails, toilets and cafe are now fully open. Ride the new Skills Loop and visit the new Forest Den Café (over the winter open weekends only 10am to 4pm).

Gisburn Forest Hub is located at: Stephen Park, Gisburn Forest, Slaidburn, Lancashire BB7 4TS.

Gisburn Forest map and trail information.


At Gisburn Forest Hub explore the all ability trail that leads to a panoramic view of Stocks Reservoir and the Forest of Bowland. The forest is criss-crossed with lots of footpaths and there is a reservoir walk that starts from School Lane car park.

Gisburn Forest bike trails 

Gisburn Forest has two fantastic mountain bike trails, the moderate graded Bottoms Beck for younger or novice riders and the red graded 18km "The 8" for those with a higher level of experience and skill. At Gisburn Forest hub you'll find a new Skills Loop to practice riding mountain bike trail features.

Forest Den Cafe

Come in for bacon butties, a wide range of sandwiches & paninis, hot fresh ground coffee, home baking & more. Great for hungry bikers! Forest Den Cafe menu. Open Friday 11am - 4pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm and all public holidays.

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

I'm only used to canal tow paths and easy off road paths so I found the Blue route very challenging in places but it's a fantastic forest, very picturesque and overall a very enjoyable ride.

Denise, 10/Aug/2014
4 Stars 4 Stars

the bike trails seem to get better every time i come here but regular maintenance is essential as i've seen a few of the routes decline in quality in the past due to weather and excessive use. The facilities have improved alot and the parking fee is reasonable considering the upkeep of the trails seems to be improving. the only thing that is stopping me giving 5 stars is the lack of free flowing routes. some of them are harder work than they should be.

Anonymous, 9/Aug/2014
4 Stars 4 Stars

Excellent trails and awesome mountain biking. Hully gully and hope line are personal favourites, trail is getting badly worn in places and can be quite hazardous in places

B4GGEE, 29/Jul/2014
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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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