The nation's forests and essential facilities are open, but please follow government coronavirus guidelines when planning your visit - read our coronavirus guidance.
Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

The forest is open from dawn until dusk, 7 days a week.

The Gisburn Cafe is not open every weekend, please check the cafe Facebook page for more information.

How to find us

How to find us
Stephen Park, Slaidburn
Sat Nav Postcode: BB7 4TS
By Car

From Clitheroe - follow B6478 north

From Settle - follow A65 south then B6478 west

From Lancaster - follow road from Abbeystead to Newton south and then take B6478 north

By Public Transport

Limited bus service from Settle to Tosside which is three miles away from Gisburn.  

OS Grid Ref
SD745560

54.0000068, -2.389269

Parking and prices

Car parking available at Gisburn Hub, Cocklet Hill and Stocks Reservoir. 

Gisburn Hub main car park uses number plate recognition, please pay on exit with card or coin. You can also pay online up to 48hrs after your visit on the Park with Ease website.

Cocklet Hill and Stocks reservoir car parks uses Pay & Display with coin only.

Parking Charges

The money you pay for parking helps us to look after the forests. Read how
Gisburn Hub main car park
Up to 1 hour £2.00
Up to 4 hours £3.50
All day £4.00
After 6pm £2.00
Cocklet Hill and Stocks reservoir car parks
Up to 1 hour £1.50
All day £3.00

Additional Information

Card payments accepted
Pay on exit system

Facilities and access

 Our information points, play area and visitor centre are closed. 

The Gisburn Cafe is not open every weekend, please check the cafe Facebook page for more information.

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Planning your visit

For more information on planning your visit, take a look at our accessibility information:

Assistant dogs welcome
Dogs allowed
Picnic area
Toilets

Contact details

Wilderness and relaxation go hand in hand at Gisburn. Enjoy fantastic cycling and walking in the heart of the stunning Forest of Bowland

Step into the fairy tale woods of Gisburn Forest and Stocks. Explore the trails and experience a sense of space and freedom as you breathe in the fresh air and hear the peaceful bird song.

Gisburn’s dramatic scenery, with deep forest and challenging hills, provides the perfect backdrop for our award-winning mountain bike trails. Demanding climbs and exhilarating downhills make it the ultimate off-road mecca!

For those seeking a unique outdoor adventure, visit after dusk to soak in the wonder of the stars at this accredited Dark Sky Discovery Site.

At a glance

  • 6 walking trails 
  • 4 cycling trails 
  • Horse riding 
  • Play area - closed
  • Bike hire - closed
  • Cafe - please see the visitor information 
  • Wheelchair hire - currently unavailable
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