Gisburn Forest Bike Trails

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Gisburn Forest Hub, Stephen Park, Gisburn Forest, Slaidburn, Lancashire, BB7 4TS
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The main trail is at Stephen park. You can use the postcode BB7 4TS. You can also use the postcode BD23 4SQ which takes you to a little village Tosside with a community centre (has toilets) a car park and a bike shop with cafe / pub (Gisburn Forest Bikes / Dog and Partridge). When accessing the trails from Tosside you start on the upper rather than lower of the 2 loops that form "The 8" the main red grade XC trail.
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Gisburn Forest MTB bike trails are in the Forest of Bowland, near Clitheroe, in Lancashire. Gisburn Forest consists of two mountain bike trails a Red (with black sections) and a Blue. There are also Downhill tracks too like the Orange graded Hope Line as well as the specific DH Lines that take it up a gear. 

There is a strong volunteer community at Gisburn who are continually further developing and nurturing what's on offer.

In 2017 they opened their latest section of red trail 'Long Way Down'

The 8 (Red with Black Options)

  • The red (with back sections) is an 18-kilometre trail, set overlooking the Stock Reservoir in a scenic forest setting. Designed in a figure of eight (hence the name) it consists of diverse downhill and shore sections. The trail is for experienced and intermediate riders. Some of the famous sections are Bottoms Beck, Home Baked Park Wood, the roller coaster of Hully Gully, Bigfoot slab and Swoopy and Rocky Road.
  • Long Way Down is a red descent as an alternative to the black Hully Gully. As well as offering choice it should help with winter erosion of the gulkey.

Bottoms Beck (Blue)

  • The blue trail is a shorter 9.5-kilometre route specifically for families and beginners

Hope Line Down (Orange)

  • This is a great little downhill trail that starts off with some rollers, kickers are full of fun berms, tabletops drops and then more of the same before ending on a pump track style finale

DH Lines  

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  • The trails are part of the Ribble Valley Sports and Physical Activity Alliance (SPAA) and were made possible by a £60,000 lottery grant from Sports England. £60,000 was also contributed by the Forest of Bowland AONB, Ribble Valley Borough Council, Ribble Valley Strategic Partnership, United Utilities and the Forestry Commission
  • In 2016 Gisburn took 3rd place in the Trail of the Year campaign for England
  • Gisburn took the 2nd position in 2015 for the iBikeride English Trail of the Year awards
  • They took 1st place in 2014 for the iBikeRide English Trail of the Year
  • Gisburn took 1st place in the UK Trail of the Year awards in 2013

Groups and Clubs

  • Gisburn Forest Trail Builders, a group of enthusiastic riders from throughout the region has helped on a number of volunteer trail building days organised by the Forestry Commission. The group has contributed an estimated £100,000 of value to the project by hand building over 1,500 metres of new trail and over 1100 volunteer hours (last year alone). The hand built sections of trail are very different in character to the machine built areas and often get more of a rave review.
  • PMBA are an organisation dedicated to taking biking forward across the whole Pennines. They are a group of riders, clubs and volunteer trail building teams from across Lancashire and the North Pennines.

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hidden treasures here
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
1.5

first visit for me but I will be back soon as the whole place is sooooo much fun

User Review

Good Points
great selection of trails on the 8 loop varied surfaces and challenges all of the way around

hope line is an absolute blast
the slab drop is such fun
Bad Points
lots of standing water ,one of the trails at the top of the loop is basically a river with way markers (but still fun)

Would you recommend?
Yes
GM
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Overall rating 
 
4.8
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
5.0

Highly recommend

User Review

Good Points
Awsome trail, always new trails being created, well maintained.
Bad Points
A lot of standing water at times or is that just me going after heavy rain
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Favourite trail in England (we're from Wales)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
4.5

If you like Penmachno you'll love it here

User Review

Good Points
Ahhh never had a bad time at Gisburn. It's got everything, rocks, roots, fast flowing bits, testing drops (you can avoid), sections of wildnerness, yet seems to be a bit of a hidden treasure everyone drives past. Go go go!!!
Bad Points
Not bad, but beware the red is tougher than many other trail centres, we've found quite a few newer riders in a bit of a tizzy carrying their bikes expecting an easy Cannock.
Would you recommend?
Yes
K
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Gizzy greatness

Awesometastic!!

User Review

Good Points
Nice selection of routes and trails suitable for everyone from beginners to more experienced. Great to get involved in the digging side if that's what you're looking for too
Bad Points
Its an hour away
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Gisburn the Great 8
Overall rating 
 
4.9
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
4.0

Routes for all levels of riders, quality trail that just keeps getting better..!!

User Review

Good Points
Gisburn offers the lot to all levels of riders. You can only get better and fitter riding these trails... a great mix rather than climbing for an hour or so to decend in 10 mins (nothing wrong with that by the way..!) it's mixed up more so keeps you focused...
The trails are improving all the time and this is all down to the dedicated dig team who do a fantastic job..! No I am not one of them but I fully appreciate and recognise their efforts..!!
To sum up Gisburn is a good hard ride with technical sections to challenge you but plenty of reward for your efforts..! Don't judge it until you have ridden the 8..!!
Bad Points
No bike wash is a slight negative but maybe this will come in time...
Ignorant litter bugs who ruin it for everyone else but that's not the trails fault...!
Would you recommend?
Yes
M
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Getting better and better
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
5.0

Routes for all the family and seasoned riders and lots more in store

User Review

Good Points
If you want to learn how to do the techy stuff, Gisburn is for you. And if you don't, Gisburn is for you too. A lot of development has gone on in the past year from the volunteer trail builders who should be applauded for their efforts on the new Rocky Road, the continuing development of the Downhill Line and a cracking new red The Long Way Down which will be open very soon. Put together with the maintenance on pre-loved The Snake, Hope Line and Parkwood and others, Gisburn has definitely turned itself into a proper contender again. Further work is scheduled to rebuild Simons Swamp board walk which will recomplete the 8.
Excellent progression opportunities from the Blues to Reds to Black and even on the Downhill Line with three line choices so great for novices to seasoned riders.
New toilet block and the cafe is reopen.
Bad Points
I am sure they will get round to it soon, but the red and black skills areas are a tad tired, but you can't knock the builders, they've really pulled their tripe out this year!
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Fun for all abilities
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
4.0

If you've never been to Gisburn its well worth the trip. I have ridden Gisburn five or six times now and always had a good time. The car parks are in good order and cheap ( £3 for all day parking ). The toilets are also well maintained. I have very little experience trail riding after switching from road riding but Gisburn is an ideal introduction. The blue route is suitable for beginners and younger riders a like. I have read reviews saying the blue route is too short and after a couple of rides it does seem over quickly but due to the circular nature it's easy to do more than one lap. Stepping up to the red sections there seems to be a marked jump in ability with sections being more technical and requiring better fitness levels and better technique on the bike. Saying that I really enjoy the red sections and while pushing me nothing is too difficult or beyond the abilities of the average rider. I can't comment on Hope Line or the black sections having not ridden them yet ( other than Hully Gully which was fun and much steeper than it looks on you tube.. ) but they do look fun. There is a excellent group of volunteers who do a fantastic job of building new trails and maintaining the existing trails. Overall Gisburn offers a good mixture of well maintained trails that will put a smile on begginers and experts alike .

User Review

Good Points
Excellent well maintained car parking that is very cheap. Wide variety of trails. Good toilets and cafe.
Bad Points
Some signs faded can cause you to miss start of some sections.
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Yes
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great spin out
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
5.0

Hinking for a day out at gisburn? Grab it with both hands and go for it. Great reservoir walk too for the non cyclists. Volunteers have really worked a bit of magic keeping gisburn up there with the best of them.

User Review

Good Points
Brilliant variety of trail, I ride there every week. If you want an easy ride or a hard ride, gisburn can cater to your needs. People complain it's rough and beat up.. it's mountain biking not a pavement. There's suspention for a reason! Everything from techy climbs + downhills to fast swooping single track and family friendly trails. End of the ride great cafe with great food and drink .
Bad Points
my only criticism would be the amount of rubbish on the floor. It's not gisburns fault, if you can bring it with you, you can take it back with you or keep it till you find a bin. It's not hard and keeps the forest looking beautiful.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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Great place
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
5.0

If you havnt been you need to go

User Review

Good Points
Great place to go got a little bit of everything and always making new lines sum pritty technical stuff id say its my favourite trail centre so far hope line hully gully n dh line r all great
Bad Points
Not really any can be wet but makes it more fun
Would you recommend?
Yes
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HOT TRAILS COLD COFFEE
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
3.0
Facilities 
 
1.0

Great trials, shit trail centre cafe, which has too much potential.

User Review

Good Points
Trails are excellent, the black run is great fun, with a huge variety of terrain and features. I personally like to session the Hope line a bit before continuing and there is some lovely sections at the top of the quarry. I think Gisburn is my favourite trail centre just because of what it packs in in a couple of hours ride.

Bad Points
Trails are ace, Gully is a mess and there could be more drainage in the first berms as you'll be wet through within 5 minutes of your ride but this is mountain biking. I can live with that. The cafe, although convenient is a huge discredit to the trail centre. We ordered sausages sandwiches, to the tune of nearly a fiver, I get it, its a captive audience and you pay a premium. But they were terrible. Tiny sausages and huge cuts of bread. 6 of us ordered and we all felt ripped off. The coffee was also not good. How do you mess up pouring hot water through beans? Another occasion I have had to sit outside as the owner or whoever wanted to sit on her laptop taking up a full table (there is only 4) and when asking if the pressure washer was working, we were told it is broken and they are waiting for the Forestry Commission to fix it. They charge a quid a go to use it, buy a new one for £60, then another one for spare and it would pay for itself in a day, keep people happy and their cars clean and would make money, and more importantly not piss people off.
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