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.
- Follow the progress here -- https://www.facebook.com/GisburnDHTrails
- These really step it up a gear. We are talking massive drops, doubles and more.
- 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.
- If you have ridden the mountain bike trails here at Gisburn Forest then why not share your experiences and write a short review below and/or add some photos or videos to the listing.