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Gisburn Access Statement

Access Statement

Gisburn Forest is situated between the villages of Tosside and Slaidburn, in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Opening hours and entry

  • Mountain bike and walking trails are open daily from sunrise to sunset – but, check our news and events pages when planning your visit.
  • Free entry to the trails. Charges for vehicle parking.

Public transport

Vehicle parking

  • Three main car parks are pay and display; tickets are valid across all three on day of purchase. Current charges: £1.50 for 1 hour, £3.00 all day, £6.00 vehicle and trailer. Annual passes available.
  • Parking in bays on hard, compacted gravel surface.
  • Five designated mobility parking spaces at Gisburn Forest Hub
  • Two designated vehicle with trailer combination parking spaces at Gisburn Forest Hub.
  • No height limit.
  • No overnight parking or occupation of vehicles.
  • Coaches by arrangement only

 Toilet facilities

  • Are located at Gisburn Forest Hub car park and include an easy access toilet with a baby changing facility.

Gisburn Forest Hub

  • Cafe
  • Toilets
  • Short, easy access trail with smooth, compacted gravel surface and a gentle uphill gradient to a view point.
  • Bike skills area.
  • Cross-country mountain bike trails.
  • Linear walking trail to Stocks reservoir – mostly on gravel surface, but with rough and uneven sections.
  • Flat areas of grass for games and picnic.
  • Picnic tables

Cocklet Hill car park

  • Cross-country mountain bike trails.

School Lane car park (managed by United Utilities)

  • Three forest walking trails - mostly gravel surface, but with rough and uneven sections and some steps.
  • One of the forest walking trails is adapted for access by all-terrain mobility scooters. Suitable for rugged pushchairs. Compacted gravel surface, gentle gradients.
  • Round the reservoir walking trail – varied surfacing with rough and uneven sections.
  • Wildlife viewing hides – one easy access with wheelchair space; one accessed via timber steps.
  • Picnic area
  • Viewing and interpretation of local history.
  • Permanent orienteering course.


  • We welcome responsible dog owners with well behaved dogs.
Last updated: 10th November 2017

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What's Here?

  • Baby Changing
  • Cars
  • Cycling
  • Mountain biking
  • Dogs
  • Easy Access
  • Fishing
  • Gradient (easy)
  • Gradient (moderate)
  • Gradient (hard)
  • Horse riding
  • Orienteering
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Picnic
  • Trail (easy)
  • Walking
  • Trail (moderate)
  • Toliets
  • Wildlife


OS Grid ref: SD745560
Postcode: BB7 4TS

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