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.
The 8 – Elements of Blue, Red and Black Grade – 18 km
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. Follow the red arrows on the timber posts.
Hope Line and Leap of Faith – Orange Grade – Bike park 0.5km
Suitable for expert mountain bikers, used to physically demanding routes.
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 helmets and body armour needed for this trail.
Mountain bike hire
Hire mountain bikes from Gisburn Forest Bike Hub and Cafe. Bike hire is available from 10am until 3.30pm and it costs £29 for a 3.5hr session, helmet included. Photo ID is required and payment must be made in cash. Contact the cafe for more information, or to book bike hire.
Find contact details on the cafe’s Facebook page – facebook.com/gisburnforesthub/.
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.