We can’t get over how lucky we are here to have Gisburn Forest right on our doorstep – a real Mecca for mountain bikers. Gisburn Forest is one of the Forestry Commission’s ‘Super 6’ cycling destinations. It’s perfect for an adrenaline-packed ride, or a family-friendly pedal. www.forestry.gov.uk/gisburnbiketrail
Most of trails start from Gisburn Forest Hub, five miles from Peaks and Pods with car park, toilets, picnic area and seasonal café, and cater for every level of rider.
Glide easily along mellow trail by Bottoms Beck, twist and shout through Park Wood, dance with your bike down Hully Gully or grit your teeth and rush down the Bigfoot slab – everyone should find something that will make them grin.
Beginners can learn, practice and perfect their new riding skills at the skills loop before setting off on one of our trails. It’s located by the stone wall circle at the Hub and the three linked, mini loops of trail offer progressively harder riding. The loops are packed with technical features and obstacles.
Bottoms Beck – Blue Grade – Moderate 9.5km
A short trail that is suitable for novices and younger riders. Down past St James Chapel and over the causeway leads to a bumpy ride along Eggberry Road. A mellow ride by Bottoms Beck follows an old railway line. Later, you can twist & turn through Park Wood, then finish with a grin on a sweeping descent. Follow the blue arrows on the timber posts. Look out for any warning markers.
Red Grade – Difficult 18 km
Highlights include the volunteer built trail of Home Baked, gnarly rocks of Whelpstone Crag and the roller coaster ride down Hully Gully Follow the red arrows on the timber posts.
Orange Grade – Bike park 0.5km
The Hope Line is a land of berms, jumps & drop-offs. The Leap of Faith is just that, grab your handlebars and go for it!
Trails vary in colour grades, ranging from moderate to extreme, with some black grade options for the very brave!
Mountain bike hire
Hire quality mountain bikes designed for technical trail riding with front suspension, hydraulic disc brakes and Shimano running gear. All bikes are cleaned, safety checked and tuned prior to each hire. Free delivery/ collection service to Gisburn Forest. Receive a friendly and professional service including use of helmets, route sheets, tool kit, bottle holder and bike fitting/briefing. There are also guided rides and skills courses for all abilities using qualified and experienced instructors, and can cater for large group bookings.
Lots more information is available at forestry.gov.uk/gisburn-forest-and-stocks.
Road Directions to Gisburn Forest: From Clitheroe take the B6478 through Waddington, Newton and Slaidburn. Continue on the road out of Slaidburn for approx 3 miles, take a left turn to Gisburn Forest and Stephen Park. Gisburn Forest Hub and parking is the first right after Cocklet Hill.
From Long Preston take the B6478 through Wigglesworth and Tosside (approx 5 miles). Continue on the road through Tosside for approx 1.5 miles, take a right turn to Gisburn Forest and Stephen Park. Gisburn Forest Hub is the first right after Cocklet Hill.