Gisburn Forest Bike Trails, England

Gisburn Forest Bike Trails, England

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Type of Centre/Base
Trail Grades
  • Blue (Moderate)
  • Red (Difficult)
  • Black (Severe)
  • Orange (Extreme)
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Address
Gisburn Forest Hub, Stephen Park, Gisburn Forest, Slaidburn, Lancashire, BB7 4TS
Directions
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.

Most recently they hand built a new black option on the Rocky Road climb section as part of "The 8" which completed in October 2014 (there is also an alternative easier red section). This means there are 2 black options - rocky gully a right fork half way up and the left line at the very top over the final rock garden. The new section removes the fire road climb between "Circle" and "Home Baked".

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.

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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Other Stuff

  • 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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Grin Factor
Level of fun had, or to be had
Trail Variety
Variety of specific trail or overall trail centre. Mix of obstacles, berms, jumps, drops, shore etc.
Skills Development
Did it develop or push your skills and leave you with more to come back and learn
Trail Quality
Are the trails well built /maintained using sustainable techniques?
Facilities
From cafe post ride grub to bike wash. Did it meet your expectations?
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Overall rating 
 
4.8
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
4.0

Fun for all abilities

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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Overall rating 
 
4.5
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
5.0

great spin out

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.

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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.
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Yes
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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

Great place

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
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Overall rating 
 
3.7
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
3.5
Trail Quality  
 
3.0
Facilities 
 
1.0

HOT TRAILS COLD COFFEE

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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Overall rating 
 
4.8
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
4.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0

Gisburn the magnificent

Overall one of the best trail centres I've ridden. If you like technical climbing along with white knuckle descents this place is for you.

User Review

Good Points
The sheer variety of trails, smooth flowing berms to rocky and rooty technical sections.
Every section of trail is interesting. A great measure of fitness and skills level all the way around the Red loop with the option to push yourself on the optional black sections, and no long tedious fire road climbs. Yes there are fire roads on the red loop but they are short lived and you're soon back on the technical stuff.
Well maintained trails and facilities. Good Cafe.
Bad Points
The jump up from the red to blue is quite a marked leap compared to other centres ive ridden. Also I've heard comments on the blue loop being a bit too short.
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Overall rating 
 
5.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0

Always a classic

I've been coming to Gisburn for years and it never disappoints. I've ridden in the snow, rain, wind, sun etc and it has always been awesome.

I've ridden on my own, in groups, with the family and on training days. It suits everything!

User Review

Good Points
Kid friendly
Great training ground
Variety
All weather riding
Always a challenge
Great for groups or solo
Bad Points
More facilities. Hopefully one day the hub will grow and cater for more people.
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Overall rating 
 
4.6
Grin Factor 
 
4.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
5.0

Gizzy rocks

Considering this place is maintained by volunteers the trails are in amazing condition

Also good to enter the PMBA enduros here if you fancy something different

User Review

Good Points
Plenty of scope for taking children here - the blue is nice and smooth and had a lot of work done recently. Also a pretty extensive skills loops.

The infamous hully gully has been maintained recently and is in excellent condition...not for the faint hearted

There are some really good DH facilities that the trail fairies have been working on (full face helmet required)

Gisburn is good because if you are short on time it is quite easy to just complete the bottom loop- it is clearly sign posted.

Has spotless toilet facilities and a cafe

Red route is a very teccy route - so if you like your gnarly stuff this is the place for you. There are also smoother sections such has the hope line which is definitely smile on your face stuff

Bad Points
None really...just narrow lanes to access the hub
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Yes
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Overall rating 
 
5.0
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
5.0
Facilities 
 
5.0

Great place with lots to offer for all levels of ability!

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Yes
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Overall rating 
 
4.8
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
5.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.5
Facilities 
 
5.0

The grades are all over the place. Home Baked (red) for example is waaay beyond my abilities but Hope Line is mainly pretty easy.

User Review

Good Points
Lots of variety and plenty of singletrack with not too much on forest roads. The scenery, particularly from the Whelpstone craglets at the top of the hill, is unbeatable.
Bad Points
None.
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Overall rating 
 
4.7
Grin Factor 
 
5.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.5
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
5.0

Brilliant and so close to home

I feel very Lucky to have such brilliant trails on my doorstep, along with breathtaking scenery and an excellent cafe for afterwards.

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