Gisburn MTB Trails

Gisburn lies in the Forest of Bowland, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in the county of Lancashire, Northern England. The MTB trails are graded from moderate to severe, with the main XC trails accessible from the Gisburn Forest Hub. A skills loops provides an opportunity to warm up before you hit trails, and the Forest Den Cafe provides the perfect refuel stop. The Blue and Red trails can be combined to make a longer XC loop, with the Down Hill trails accessible from the Red trail.

Gisburn MTB Trails, Forest of Bowland.
Gisburn MTB Trails, Forest of Bowland.

WILD BLIGHTY says: This place is pretty isolated and wild which can give you a real sense of adventure (even the drive is fun!). You may not see many people out on the trails, and if your lucky you might just bump into some wildlife out in the forest – we met a very young and seemingly friendly deer on a recent visit!

Bottoms Beck Trail

(Blue) / 9.5km
An easy blue route popular with beginners and families. The trail is a mixture of Forest Road and Single Track, with the Park Wood section being a highlight towards the end of the trail.

The 8 Trail

(Red) / 18km
Some gnarly terrain and technical climbing will keep you on your toes, although you might be left wondering where the payback is with a memorable descent proving elusive.

Bike Park

(Orange) / 0.5km
The dedicated Down Hill trails of Hope Line and Leap of Faith situated in the heart of the forest include berms, jumps and drop-offs. These trails are Orange graded so take care out there!


  • Cafe
  • Toilets
  • Parking

Getting there

The trails start at Gisburn Forest Hub. Parking is Pay and Display – £3 all day, bring cash.

Sat Nav Postcode: BB7 4TS / Google Maps Location

Note, from the West your Sat Nav may attempt to send you down a dirt track which is a dead-end! Look-out for a predominant sign informing you of your error and sending you on your way!

More Information

Trail Map
Foresty Commission Trail Map

Gisburn Bike Trails