Our forests will remain open for outdoor recreation and exercise. For our coronavirus guidance please follow this link - view now
Gisburn Forest has re-opened and the Cafe are operating a take-away service. The bike hire, play areas and Gruffalo trail will remain closed for now. Toilet facilities are open but limited
Updated 18th September 2018

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 Enquiries.NorthEngland@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Toilet facilities

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

Gisburn Forest Hub

  • Café
  • 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.