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

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

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!


Roam freely 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.

Gisburn Forest Hub Cafe

Enjoy a welcome refreshment break and sample the delicious food served in the Gisburn Forest Hub Cafe.

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?

3 Stars 3 Stars

The Forest and Stocks have miles of paths to tire the children and dog out. The weather held off for us yesterday and it was a nice family day out walking. The church on the way down to the stocks from Gisburn Hub was quaint and well worth a look in. The Gruffalo trail was good. The children enjoyed it. It takes about 20 minutes to get round. It was looking a little tired though, a few of the signs around the trail were broken and there isn't really a lot too it. The stick men are really good but that is about the only physical feature of the trail apart from some shelters/dens that have been constructed which the kids had fun looking around.

As previously mentioned the bin situation is detrimental to the forest. With there being not one single public bin there is litter all around the forest and gruffalo trail, the car park also looks like a favourite spot to leave your rubbish. I'm sure people wouldn't mind paying a little bit more for the fascililities to be maintained and managed a little better.

Point to note the Cafe is cash only and there are no ATM's for several miles.

Anonymous, 10/Aug/2017
4 Stars 4 Stars

I came with my Grandma and Grandad and had a brilliant time. Grandad wrote this...

One day we searched for the Gruffalo

Followed the trail both high and low,

Saw some creatures, but don't you know;

There was no sign of the Gruffalo.

We saw some signs saying where to go,

Spotted a mouse, and a fox, and so

We stayed alert, and looked, but no

We saw no sign of the Gruffalo.

We went on pathways, to and fro,

an owl and snake themselves did show,

And then we thought 'its time to go!'

as we were chased by the Grufflao.

Our time spent looking seemed to flow

(With children we could not go slow)

I think, next time we visit though,

We'll try to dodge that Gruffalo.

Isaac Houston, 27/Jul/2017

Love this! Thanks for sharing and really great to hear you enjoyed your adventures at Gisburn.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

Excellent bike trails loads of fun great day out for all ages

Rob, 1/Jun/2017

Thank you :o)

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Last updated: 29th June 2018

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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
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