Gisburn Forest entrance

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...

Gisburn Forest entrance
Walking trails and routes

A linear trail to Stocks Reservoir car park.  Look into Dalehead Chapel and Heritage Centre for local interpretation on your way.  

Night sky at Gisburn

Explore our newly accredited Dark Sky Discovery Site at Gisburn. Be in awe as the cosmos magically reveals itself in the skies over Bowland.

Gisburn Forest Hub is one of five sites...

Walker and Tramper user with dog on a forest road

The Champion Bowland Tramper is now located at Gisburn Forest Hub and is available from the cafe, bookings must be made in advance.  There is a five mile easy access trail from the...

Someone flying a kite in a open field at Gisburn
Picnics and barbecues

Enjoy a tasty treat in the forest at one of our beautiful picnic areas, just bring along good food and company!

We have picnic tables available at Cocklet Hill and The Hub car...

Female mountain biker Gisburn, Hully Gully
Cycling & mountain biking

Laid out in a figure of 8, highlights on this trail include the volunteer built Home Baked sections, the gnarly Whelp Stone Crag and the optional section of black trail, the roller...

Ladies riding on Horses through the woodlands
Horse riding

Whilst we do not have any purpose built or waymarked horse riding routes, horse riders are welcome to explore our network of forest roads. Please also observe all operational...

Hamsterley Cycling - Jerry Tatton
Cycling & mountain biking

Our skills loop is located by the stone wall circle of Gisburn Forest Hub.  Three linked, mini loops of trail offer progressively harder riding.  The loops are packed with...

Orienteering route at gisburn

Why not try your hand at orienteering, a map reading challenge for all levels.

The aim for everyone is to navigate between control points marked on an orienteering map. If you are...

boy interacting with a Gruffalo activity panel
The Gruffalo Party Trails

2024 is The Gruffalo’s 25th birthday year and to celebrate, everyone is invited to take part in a brand-new forest adventure.

What to expect

The interactive family trail features all...

Gisburn cycling
Cycling & mountain biking

This is a blue graded trail but has sections of green.  Drop down the causeway over Stocks Reservoir and bounce along Eggberry Road.  A mellow section of green trail follows an old...

walkers enjoying a walk through nature in autumn
Walking trails and routes

Passing through mixed woodland this route follows an old farmstead track known as Eggberry Road.  There are views over Bottoms Beck to the ancient broadleaved woodland of Park Wood...

Birch Hills walk, Gisburn

An easy path through mixed woodland with views over Stocks Reservoir. On this trail you will pass the old vicarage garden picnic area and two wildlife hides. This trail has also...

Family walking on a woodland trail
Walking trails and routes

This walk takes you on a grand tour all the way round Stocks Reservoir.  You will find great views of the wild Forest of Bowland landscape. 

Please stay on the waymarked route, for...

Close up of walking boots of person walking along a leafy path
Walking trails and routes

A steady climb through Birch Hills, followed by a descent to Bottoms Beck.  There are great views over the forest and Hesbert Hill Farm.  The trail follows the course of an old...

mountain biker jumping on a single track trail through the woods
Cycling & mountain biking

If you like your downhill bike trails twisty and fun then you will enjoy this trail. The Hope Line is a land of berms, jumps and drop-offs. The Leap of Faith is just that, grab...

Gisburn Forest cafe and picnic area

Gisburn Forest provides the perfect venue for a range of events. If you are interested in holding an event here you will need to apply first so that we can ensure your event doesn...

Family walking Forest of Dean generic
Walking trails and routes

Come to Gisburn Forest for stunning views over the Bowland Fells and Stocks Reservoir, wildlife watching or to find peace and tranquillity amongst the woodland glades.

The walking...

Gisburn cycling
Cycling & mountain biking

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.

Gisburn cycling
Local Forest Membership

Support the forest you love

Become a member of Gisburn Forest and Stocks, for fairy tail walks, challenging bike trail adventures, star gazing and space to unwind. 



Conifer tree tops


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...

Volunteers at Fineshade Woods

Join your local team of volunteers to learn new skills, meet new people, make new friends and enhance your local forest for the benefit of nature and the community.

Mountain bike


Orienteering route at gisburn

Try your hand at orienteering, a map reading challenge for all levels.

The aim for everyone is to navigate between control points marked on an orienteering map. If you are a...

Ladies Mountain Biking Gisburn
18 - 19 May 2024
2 day event
Gisburn Forest and Stocks

This is a 2 day biking event for ladies, building their core skills, getting to know their bike in Gisburn Forest and on day 2 enjoying a lovely ride in the Yorkshire Dales.  Bunk...

Walker and Tramper user with dog on a forest road
25 and 26 June
Gisburn Forest and Stocks

"Access for All: A Celebration of What's Possible," will be held on the 25th and 26th of June at Gisburn Forest – a Forestry England site in the Forest of Bowland.

This exciting...

Mountian Biking Gisburn
2 and 3 September
2 day event
Gisburn Forest and Stocks

A 2 day course for ladies wanting to improve their core mountain biking skills.

Day one is the skills development day, day two will be a lead ride in the Yorkshire dales with 1 or...

Autumnal landscape with lake and mountains in background
06 September 2022

If you're looking for colourful autumn walks to enjoy near you this season, look no further! We've rounded up our favourite spots in the North West for vibrant colours...

Woman mountain biking on spring forest trail
1, 2, 3 June 2024
2 to 3 day event
Gisburn Forest and Stocks

1 days skills coaching, 1-day lead ride, 2 nights bunk barn accommodation, a delicious 2 course evening meal on Friday and Saturday nights, tea, coffee and cake on Saturday...

Picnic table surrounded by trees
22 June 2023

The sounds and sights of summer await you at one of these fantastic picnic spots in the North West.

Our main sites for filming in the forest are Bourne Wood (South East England), Thetford Forest (East England) and Westonbirt Arboretum (South West England). To find out about our...

Beech tree leaves close up
28 January 2020

You can contact local districts directly if you have a complaint, please use the contacts below. If you’d like to know how we deal with complaints, read our complaints procedure.

Walking in trees
22 September 2022

Venturing out for an autumn walk is a real treat for all the family. Enjoy the rich golden colours, kicking through crisp leaves and the sights, sounds and scents of a season of...