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Cycling and MTB Trails in Gisburn Forest
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.8/5)


Fantastic mountain-biking in the heart of the beautiful Forest of Bowland. Whether you've just bought your first bike, or you're happy shredding through rock gardens, Gisburn Forest offers a fantastic opportunity for natural cycling.

Most of our trails start from Gisburn Forest Hub with car park, toilets, picnic & seasonal cafe. 

Skills Loop

Our skills loop is located by the stone wall circle at Gisburn Forest Hub.  Learn, practice and perfect those new riding skills before setting off on one of our trails.

Bottoms Beck

 Blue Grade - Moderate 9.5km.

A short trail that is suitable for novices & younger riders. Down passed St James Chapel and over the causeway leads to a bumpy ride along Eggberry Road.  Follow the blue arrows on the timber posts.

"The 8"  

Red Grade - Difficult 18 km.

Highlights include the volunteer built trail of Home Baked, gnarly rocks of Whelpstone Crag and the roller coaster ride down Hully Gully Follow the red arrows on the timber posts.

Hope Line & Leap of Faith

Orange Grade - Bike park 0.5km

 The Hope Line is a land of berms, jumps & drop-offs. The Leap of Faith is just that, grab your handlebars and go for it!

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Bad signage,I always get lost

Anonymous, 2/Aug/2017
5 Stars 5 Stars

The 8 needs better signage I got lost for about an hour trying to find the hub, other than that is ace.

Scott, 8/Jul/2017
5 Stars 5 Stars

Love the place

Sort the signs out in the eight so you can get back to the hub easier

Rik marsh, 5/Apr/2017

Great to hear you enjoy riding our trails, I've passed your comments to the ranger team for them to investigate the signage.

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Last updated: 29th June 2018

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Postcode: BB74TS

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