Gisburn Forest and Stocks

Visitor Information
Visitor Information: Gisburn Forest and Stocks
  • Opening Hours
  • How to find us
  • Parking and Prices
  • Facilities and access
  • Contact Details

Opening Hours

Opening Hours

Open every day.  

See Gisburn Forest Hub for café and bike hire opening times.

Gisburn Forest Hub and Café Christmas opening hours:

Sat 22nd: 10am till 3pm

Sun 23rd:  11am till 3pm

Mon 24th until Thurs 27th: CLOSED

Friday 28th until Tues 2nd: 11am till 3pm

Wednesday 2nd - Normal opening times resume.


Opening hours Dawn to dusk
Opening hours Dawn to dusk
Opening hours Dawn to dusk
Opening hours Dawn to dusk
Opening hours Dawn to dusk


Opening hours Dawn to dusk
Opening hours Dawn to dusk
How to find us

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

54.0000068, -2.389269

Parking and Prices

Parking and Prices

Car parking available at Gisburn Hub, Cocklet Hill and Stocks Reservoir.  Please note our car park machines are cash only and we are unable to give change.  

Parking Charges

Up to 1 hour £1.50
All day £3.00

Coaches/Minibuses charges

Coaches by arrangement only - please email us.  

Additional Information

Regular visitors can save money with a Discovery Pass - Find out more about the discovery pass
Number of disabled parking spaces: 5
Facilities and access

Facilities and access

Hire a mobility scooter

To hire the Tramper, the all-terrain mobility scooter, please contact Gisburn Forest Hub or call 01200 446387.

You must book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Planning your visit

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

Assistant dogs welcome
Baby changing facilities
Cycle hire
Disabled toilet
Dogs allowed
Picnic area
Play Area
Tramper/Mobility Scooter hire

Gisburn Forest Forest Plan


The Gisburn Forest Plan covers 1256 hectares of conifer plantation, broadleaved woods and open land in the upper Hodder valley in Lancashire. The whole of Gisburn Forest, the largest wooded area in the county, lies within the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Much of the area covered by the plan is leased to the public forest estate by United Utilities, but there is open access for quiet recreation by agreement with the freeholder. Parking and picnic facilities with waymarked walks and cycle routes are well used by visitors and supplement an extensive network of public footpaths here.

A small area of Ancient Woodland within the forest, known as Park Wood, and several wetland areas by Bottom Laithe and along Bottoms beck are classified as Biological Heritage Sites (BHS) valued for their special plant and animal life. Elsewhere the varied habitats provided by the mix of woodland, grassland, moorland and bog support a wide range of wildlife including important raptors such as Hen harrier and Short-eared owl.

There are two prehistoric barrows on the banks of Dob Dale beck, which are Scheduled Ancient Monuments (SAM). Three old farmsteads, scattered farm buildings and other features within the forest are important remnants of historic agricultural land use, and the route of a light railway used in constructing Stocks reservoir dam can still be followed through the forest.


Our aim is to create a more diverse and resilient woodland, with a greater range of species and habitats. The objectives of management here are:


Maximise the value of sustainable timber production by felling and restocking with productive mixtures and species best suited to better soils, and by thinning windfirm stands.

Create new recreation opportunities and support local tourism based businesses, working with the Upper Hodder Valley partnership.


Restructure the forest through phased felling and restocking and open space management to increase the value of the woodlands for wildlife.

Increase the extent of new native mixed broadleaved woodland to create a continuous habitat corridor through the forest.

Maintain BHS special features and keep Bottom Laithe free from tree regeneration.


Explore opportunities to enhance visitor access and facilities.

Improve internal and external views through restructuring and restocking with a diverse mix of conifer species, and with native broadleaves in the valley and along forest edges.

What we'll do

The current plan outlines management proposals including felling and restocking over several decades, with felling licence approval for operations up until 2025.

For further information regarding species composition and the future management of Gisburn, please refer to the full plan below.