Gisburn lies in the Forest of Bowland, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so you're guaranteed some amazing scenery as you enjoy the trails. There's an easy blue route and slightly harder and longer red XC route, neither of which will leave you feeling disappointed. Both start from the Gisburn Forest Hub car park, where you'll also find a cafe and skills loop. Further into the forest there are two DH trails with berms, jumps and drop-offs. If you fancy challenging yourself, why not take on the Forestry Commission's Super 6 challenge? This involves riding the six most northerly English trail centres - Kielder, Chopwell, Whinlatter, Hamsterley, Griezdale and Gisburn.

The trails:

Bottom’s Beck (9.5km, Blue)

This is a nice short and easy ride that’s suitable for novices. The trail has a good combination of forest road and singletrack as it follows an old railway line. That doesn’t mean it’s straight though – you’ll twist and turn through Park Wood before finishing back in the car park with a big grin on your face.


The 8 (18km, Red)

The 8 is a really fun trail loop that takes in a wide variety of terrain, from dark, twisting woodlands, to wide open moorland. The landmark point of the ride is Whelpstone Crag, and there are great technical rock features to ride around there as well as some stunning views. It’s worth trying the optional black line of Hully Gully too, which is a unique descent with big wallride berms.

Bike Park (0.5km, Orange)

Hope Line and Leap of Faith are twisty DH trails that are under continuous development and maintenance by trail volunteers. Both trails are in the heart of the forest, about 3km from Gisburn Forest Hub.

Who’s it good for?

Beginners: 2/3

Intermediate: 2/3


Advanced: 2/3



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Contact information:

Gisburn, BB7 4TS – Directions