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 coaster ride of Hully Gully. This trail includes forest road, red and blue graded single track and some optional black grade features and sections on the way.
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 parks. You can also take in the view over Stocks reservoir from United Utilities’ picnic area in the old vicarage garden next to School Lane car park.
To prevent forest fires and reduce waste, please do not bring any barbecues into our forests.
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 signage and diversions. The public road passing through the forest is designated a 'Quiet Road' and its use enables circular routes to be followed through the forest.
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 trails will take you into the heart of the forest, along historic trackways and former railway lines. You might even see some of the forest’s extensive wildlife from the wildlife hides on the Birch Hills walk.
The Champion Bowland Tramper is now located at Gisburn Forest Hub and is available to hire from the cafe. There is a five mile easy access trail from the cafe with a link route to Stocks Reservoir to enjoy the wonderful scenery along the Birch Hills Trail. A perfect opportunity for less mobile people to enjoy the beauty of the forest. The Tramper is provided by Forest of Bowland AONB.
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't clash with anything else happening in the forest, such as forest operations work.
Once we know your needs we can advise you to make sure your event is a success. Please contact us no later than eight weeks before your proposed event.
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 technical features and obstacles.
Test your skill level before choosing one of our cross-country trails. Learn, practice and perfect those new riding skills.
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).
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 railway line beside Bottoms Beck. Flow along the funky blue singletrack of Park Wood before swooping down from the top of Cocklet Hill.
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 railway along the beck to join with Eggberry Road where there are fine views of Park Wood and Stocks Reservoir.
This trail is currently open with a diversion due to fallen trees.
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 your handlebars and go for it. Full face helments and body armour needed for this trail.
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 been adapted to be tramper friendly.
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 2 ride leaders to consolidate the skills learned in day one and to enjoy the stunning scenery and varied riding terrain in the area
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, breathtaking views, and mindful moments of forest tranquility.
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 other filming locations and to arrange a permit, please contact the relevant district below.
Forests in this district include The New Forest, Alice Holt and Moors Valley