Gisburn Forest Mountain Biking Trail News

The mountain bike trails at Gisburn Forest include a moderate 10km ‘blue’ route for beginners/intermediates and a 20km ‘red’ route for experienced mountain bikers (with three optional 'black' graded sections).

The trails include technical downhill and boardwalk sections with long sweeping single track, offering fine views over the nearby Stocks Reservoir. You can hire a quality mountain bike (hydraulic disk brakes, 120mm fork) with free delivery/collection to Gisburn Forest.

5th July 17 - Next volunteer dig day at Gisburn Forest on Sun 9th July 17

Become a volunteer trail builder and help complete the next section of new mountainbike trail at Gisburn Forest. Only 15 metres of trail left to be surfaced before it can be opened. Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more details

 7th June 17 - Next volunteer dig day at Gisburn Forest on Thur 11th June 17

Become a volunteer trail builder and help complete the next section of new mountainbike trail at Gisburn Forest. Only 50 metres of trail left to be surfaced before it can be opened. Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more details.

25th May 17 - Next volunteer dig day at Gisburn Forest on Thur 1st June 17

Become a volunteer trail builder and help complete the next section of new mountainbike trail at Gisburn Forest. Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more details.

12 May 17 - Next volunteer dig day at Gisburn Forest on Sun 14th May 17

Become a volunteer trail builder and help complete the next section of new mountainbike trail at Gisburn Forest. Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more details.

5th April 17 - Next volunteer dig day at Gisburn Forest on Sun 9th March 17 

Become a volunteer trail builder and help complete the next section of new mountainbike trail at Gisburn Forest. Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more details.

8th March 17 - Next volunteer dig day at Gisburn Forest on Sun 12th April 17

Become a volunteer trail builder and help complete the next section of new mountainbike trail at Gisburn Forest. The new section of trail is due to open soon. Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more details.

9th February 17 - Next volunteer dig day at Gisburn Forest on Sun 12th February 17

Become a volunteer trail builder and help complete the next section of new mountainbike trail at Gisburn Forest.

Please remember digs can be cancelled at short notice if the weather turns snowy/icey as it wouldn’t be safe to drive in the forest. Before you set off, please check  Facebook (Gisburn Forest MTB Trail Development group). Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more details.  

4th January 17 - Next volunteer dig day at Gisburn Forest on Sun 8th January 17

Become a volunteer trail builder and help complete the next section of new mountainbike trail at Gisburn Forest. The new section of trail is due to open early 2017. Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more details.

22 December 16 - Extra Xmas dig day at Gisburn Forest on Wed 28th December 16

The volunteer trail builders have arranged an extra Xmas period dig day on 27th December. Become a volunteer trail builder and help complete the next section of new mountainbike trail at Gisburn Forest. Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more details.

8 December 16 - Next dig day at Gisburn Forest on Sun 11th December 16

Become a volunteer trail builder and help complete the next section of new mountainbike trail at Gisburn Forest. The new section of trail is due to open early 2017. Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more details.

10 November 16 - Next dig day at Gisburn Forest on Sun 13th November 16

Become a volunteer trail builder and help complete the next section of new mountainbike trail at Gisburn Forest. The new section of trail is due to open early 2017. Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more details.

2 October 16 - Next dig day at Gisburn Forest on Sun 9th October 16

Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more details.

8 September 16 - Next dig day at Gisburn Forest on Sun 11th September 16

Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more details.

9 June 16 - Next dig day at Gisburn Forest on Sun 12th June 16 

Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more details.

5 May 16 - Next dig day at Gisburn Forest on Sun 8th May 16

Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more details.

8 April 16 - Next dig day at Gisburn Forest on Sun 10th April 16 

Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more details.

22 March 16 - Extra dig day at Gisburn Forest on Sun 25th March 16 

Remember, if you would like a free annual parking pass for 2017 you need to complete only three dig days!  Dig starts at 10am. Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more details of dig day and free parking passes.

10 March 16 - Next dig day at Gisburn Forest on Sun 13th March 16 

The volunteer trail builders will be hoping to finish a new section of trail. Remember, if you would like a free annual parking pass for 2017 you need to complete only three dig days!  Dig starts at 10am. Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more details of dig day and free parking passes.

23 February 16 - Extra dig day at Gisburn Forest on Sun 28th February 16

The volunteer trail builders will be hoping to finish a new section of trail. Dig starts at 10am. Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more details.

05 Novermber 15 - Next dig day at Gisburn Forest on Sun 8th November 15

The volunteer trail builders will be continuing on the new Hully Gully bypass line and starts at 10am. Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more details.

30 October 15 - Next dig day at Gisburn Forest on Sun 3rd October 15

Work continues on the new Hully Gully bypass line and starts at 10am. Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more details.

10 September 15 - Next dig day at Gisburn Forest on Sun 13th September 15

Work continues on the new Hully Gully bypass line and starts at 10am. Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more details.

5 August 15 - Nest dig day at Gisburn Forest on Sun 9th August 15 

Work continues on the new Hully Gully bypass line and starts at 10am. Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more details.

10 June 15 - Next dig day at Gisburn Forest on Sun 14th June 15 

Work continues on the new Hully Gully bypass line and starts at 10am. Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more details.

6 May 15 - Next dig day at Gisburn Forest on Sun 10th May 15 

Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more details.

23 Feb 15 - Next dig day at Gisburn Forest on Sun 1st Mar 15

Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more details.

6 Feb 15 - Next dig day at Gisburn Forest - Sun 8th Feb 15

Become a volunteer trail builder and help build the latest section of single track at Gisburn Forest. Meeting at 10am - contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more details.

8 Jan 15 - First dig day of the new year at Gisburn Forest - Sun 11th Jan 15 

The volunteer trail buildiers will be carrying on with a new section of trail up near Hully Gully. Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more details.

9 April 14 - Next dig day at Gisburn Forest - Sun 13th April 14

Meet at the start of Home Baked from the School Lane end for 10am.  Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more details.

5 March 14 - Next dig day at Gisburn Forest - Sun 9th March 14

Meet at the start of Home Baked from the School Lane end for 10am.  Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more details.

23 Jan 14 - Extra volunteer dig day at Gisburn Forest - Sun 26th Jan 14

Meet at the start of Home Baked from the School Lane end for 10am.  Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more details.

18 Dec 13 - Extra volunteer dig day at Gisburn Forest - Sun 22nd Dec 13

Meet at the start of Home Baked from the School Lane end for 10am.  Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more details. 

20 Nov 13 - Next volunteer dig day at Gisburn Forest - Sun 24th Nov 13   

Work will be continuing on the next section to link Circle and Homebaked. Meet at 10am at the start of Homebaked coming in from School Lane.  Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more detail. 

6 Nov 13 - Next volunteer dig day at Gisburn Forest - Sun 10th Nov 13

Next scheduled dig day is Sunday the 10th November. Work will be continuing on the next section to link Circle and Homebaked. Meet at 10am at the start of Homebaked coming in from School Lane.  Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more detail.

9 Oct 13 - Next volunteer dig day at Gisburn Forest - Sun 13th Oct 13

Meet at 10am at the start of Homebaked. Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more details.   

2 Sep 13 - Next volunteer dig day at Gisburn Forest - Sun 8th Sep 13

Meet at 10am at the start of Homebaked. Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more details.

5 Aug 13 - Next volunteer dig day at Gisburn Forest - Sun 11th Aug 13

Meet at 10am at the start of Homebaked. Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more details.

2 Sep 13 - Next volunteer dig day at Gisburn Forest - Sun 8th Sep 13

Join in at the next volunteer dig day. Meet at the start of Homebaked coming in from School Lane. Meet at 10am.  Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more details.

10 July 13 - Next volunteer dig day at Gisburn Forest - Sun 14th July 13

Join in at the next volunteer dig day and help start the next new section of trail at Gisburn Forest. Meet at 10am at the start of Homebaked. Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more details.

5 June 13 - Next volunteer dig day at Gisburn Forest - Sun 9th June 13 

Next Gisburn Forest volunteer dig day on Sunday 9th June - click here for map of meet point and/or contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more details.

8 May 13 - Next volunteer dig day at Gisburn Forest - Sun 12th May 13

New meeting point for this weekend - come into the forest from School Lane, past the reservoir causeway - start time of 10:00am. Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more information.

 20 April 13 - New car park, cafe & trails open at Gisburn Forest Hub

Gisburn Forest now has a new pay and display car park at the Gisburn Forest Hub where you can also find the new Forest Den Cafe. New sections of fast flowing single track have been built to link up the Gisburn Forest Hub to Bottoms Beck and The 8 mountain bike trails. Click here for the new Gisburn Forest Hub trail map. 

A new skills loop area has also been built (including blue, red and black options) to allow riders to improve and practice there mountain biking teqnique and to make them aware of what to expect on the trails before deciding which route to ride. 

You can still start and finish both trails from Cocklet Hill Car Park where you will pass the Forest Dean Cafe and Gisburn Forest Hub on route. 

6 Feb 13 - Next dig day at new skills section on 13 Jan 13 

Meet at new car park next to Stephen Park buildings. Take next right after Cocklet Hill car park heading north. Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more information.

 10 Jan 13 - First dig day of the new year on 10 Feb 13

Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more information.

18 Dec 12 - Xmas Dig Day to open new trail on 23rd Dec 

Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more information.  

6 Dec 12 - New section of trail due to open on 9 Dec with help from volunteers

Join in at the next volunteer trail builders dig day and help complete the latest section of trail. Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more information.

10 Oct 12 - Help finish new section of trail at next dig day on Sun 14 Oct 12

The volunteer trail builders at Gisburn Forest our hoping to finish of the latest new section of trail this Sunday if enough people turn up to help. Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more information.

18 Sep 12 - Extra dig day Sun 14 Oct 12

Join in at the next Gisburn Forest volunteer trail dig day and help develop the next section of mountain bike trail.  Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more information.

29 Aug 12 - Extra dig day Sun 2nd Sep 12

Join in at the next Gisburn Forest volunteer trail dig day and help develop the next section of mountain bike trail.  Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more information.

Remember, free annual car parking passes on offer to those who volunteer on 3 days or more at the Gisburn Forest trail building days. Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more information. 

1 Aug 12 - Next dig day Sun 12th Aug 12

Join in at the next Gisburn Forest volunteer trail dig day and help develop the next section of mountain bike trail.  Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more information.

5 June 12 - Next dig day Sun 10th June 12

Join in at the next Gisburn Forest volunteer trail dig day and help develop the next section of mountain bike trail.  Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more information.

4 July 12 - Next dig day Sun 8th July 12 

Join in at the next Gisburn Forest volunteer trail dig day and help develop the next section of mountain bike trail.  Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more information.

5 June 12 - Next dig day Sun 10th June 12

Join in at the next Gisburn Forest volunteer trail dig day and help develop the next section of mountain bike trail.  Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more information.

8 May 12 - Next dig day Sun 13 May 12 + free annul parking on offer!

Free annual car parking passes to those who volunteer on 3 days or more at the Gisburn Forest trail building days. Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more information.

24 Apr 12 - Extra Dig Day on Sun 29 Apr 12

Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more information.  

20 Mar 12 - Easter Sunday dig day on 8 Apr 12 

Join in at the next Gisburn Forest volunteer trail dig day and help develop the next section of mountain bike trail.  Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more information.

20 Mar 12 - Extra dig day on 25 Mar 12 

Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more information.

23 Feb 12 - Extra dig day on 26 Feb 12 

An extra dig day has been arraged for 26 Feb 12 to take place of previous canncelled dig. See map below for meeting point. Contact jon.swift@pmba.org.uk for more information.

11 Feb 12 - Next dig day on 11 Mar 12 

See map below for meeting point. Start at 10am.

9 Feb 12 - Next dig day on 12 Feb 12 - CANCELLED DUE TO BAD WEATHER

See map below for meeting point. Start at 10am.   

5 Jan 12 - Next did day on 8 Jan 12 

See map below for meeting point. Start at 10am. 

8 Dec 11 - Next dig day on 11 Dec 11 

Next dig day to finish of new section of trail - see below for details. 

7 Nov 11 - Next dig day on 13 Nov 11 

Next dig day close to completing new section of trail - join in and help in the growth of new trail at Gisburn Forest. See map below for more details.

 

 

3 Oct 11 - Next dig day on 9 Oct 11 

Click here for full details on how to join in.

2 Sep 11 - Next dig day on 11 Sep 11

Click here for full details on how to join in.

28 June 11 - Next dig day on 14 Aug 11 + camp & dig Aug bank holiday weekend!

Click here for full details on how to join in.

27 May 11 - Next volunteer dig day at Gisburn Forest on 29 May 11

Click here for full details on how to join in. 

21 Apr 11 - Re-surfacing to some sections of red route

A few of the rougher sections of the red trail before Whelpstone Grag have been re-surfaced making for a smoother ride - still leaving plenty of technical rocky sections to negotiate.

24 Feb 11 - Next volunteer dig day at Gisburn Forest on 13 March 11

Click here for full details on how to join in. 

8 Jan 11 - New trail development at Gisburn Forest 

A new free-ride mountain bike trail is currently in development at Gisburn Forest due to be open this Spring. Led by a group of volunteers, the trail will be approximately 400 metres in length and aimed at riders of all abilities to help improve their skills.

The Forestry Commission has supported the project by paying  for an experienced trail builder to help design the trail. They have also provided tools and equipment as well as a trained forester to help clear a path through the trees.

The trail will include rollers, jumps, berms and table-top jumps.

7 Jan 11 - First Gisburn Forest dig day of the year on 16 Jan 11

Click here for full details on how to join in. 

9 Nov 10 - Join in at the next Gisburn Forest mountain bike dig day on 14 Nov 10

Click here for full details on how to join in.  

1 Oct 10 - Next dig day at Gisburn Forest on 10 October

Join in at the next Gisburn Forest volunteer trail dig day and help develop the next section of mountain bike trail.  Click here for full details on how to join in.

20 Sep 10 - Extra volunteer dig day at Gisburn Forest on 26 September 

Click here for full details on how to join in.

14 Sep 10 - Next Gisburn Forest Trail Builders dig day - 10th October

If you'd like to contribute at the next Gisburn Forest mountain bike trail volunteer dig day and help develop new sections of mountain bike trail click here for more details.

9 Sep 10 - Next Gisburn Forest Trail Builders dig day - 12th September

Join in at at the next Gisburn Forest mountain bike trail dig day - click here for more info.

5 Aug 10 - Next Gisburn Forest Trail Builders dig day - 8th August

Join in at at the next Gisburn Forest mountain bike trail dig day - click here for more info.

7 July 10 - Gisburn Forest trail builders to start new section of trail - join in! 

The Gisburn Forest volunteer mountain biking trail builders will be stating a new section of trail on the 11 July. The new section of trail will link from the 'Causeway' to the fire road below the 'Home Baked' section of single track. To find out more and help build this new section of trail click here.

23 June 10 - New section of mountain biking trail gets good reviews

The new section of mountain biking trail at Gisburn Forest is proving very popular with regulars and new riders. Test your nerve and balance on a series of log rides (with easier route optiions). Click here to see where this new section of trial is located.

16 June 10 - New section of trail now open

A new section of mountain biking trail at Gisburn Forest has now been completed and is ready to ride - look out for the new sign posts on the red route. The new section features a couple of log rides, timber bridges and gravel trail. Don't worry if your balance is not that good - there are easier options to get around the log rides! Enjoy.

This section was built by the Gisburn Forest Volunteer Trail Builders - for more info and to join in the next dig day click here.

5 June 10 - Latest pictures of soon to be opended log ride at Gisburn Forest 

Pictures courtesy of Gisburn Forest MTB Trail Development.

The next dig day that you can attend is on Sunday 14th June.

Join in and help to develop the trails at Gisburn forest. Click here for more details.

28 May 10 - Join in at the next Gisburn Forest mountain biking trail dig day

Contribute to the development of the mountain bike trails at Gisburn Forest by joining in at the next volunteer trail building session on 14 June 10 where the trail builders are close to finishing a new section of trail - the log ride!

For more details of trail building dates and meeting points please contact martin.Charlesworth@lancashire.gov.uk 

14 May 10 - Hully Gully (the roller coaster) re-opens

After a number of essential repairs following a tough winter hammering the Hully Gully section of mountain bike trail at Gisburn Forest has now re-opened - enjoy!

11 May 10 - New log ride sections nearing completion 

The Gisburn Forest Trail Builders are now close to completing a new trail section (the log ride) -  perfect for those wanting to test their balance and nerve! Opening date coming soon. 

Apr 10 - New Sections of Trail Coming Soon! 

In addition to the new trail development at Gisburn Forest, more new sections of single track are currently being worked on by the Gisburn Forest Trail Building Group including a log ride skills section that is planned to be open soon. More details and opening dates to be added! 

If you want to join in and help with the development of the trails at Gisburn Forest you can turn up at one of the trail building sessions held on the 2nd Sunday of every month. For details of trail building dates and meeting points please contact martin.Charlesworth@lancashire.gov.uk 

Sep 09 - New Trail  Development 

The mountain bike trails of Gisburn Forest have undergone a major development program that includes a significant addition of red graded singletrack with sections of black graded trail added as well.

The new trails include an easy/moderate 11 kilometre ‘blue’ route for families and beginners and a 22 kilometre ‘red’ course for more experienced and expert mountain bikers.

The trails, which are set against the stunning backdrop of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, include tricky downhill and boardwalk sections and also offer fine views over the nearby Stocks Reservoir.

Volunteers have built well over a kilometer of twisty red grade singletrack with both climbs and descents with a few trail obstacles thrown in.

The balance between fire road and sinlgle track has firmly swung towards single track with somewhere in the region of 70% included on the red route.   

An additional five kilometers of singletrack is planned for Gisburn Forest to be constructed by volunteers and contractors if the funding is available.

Volunteers are currently working on new sections of trail. You can influence how some of the routes are developed by joining in at one or more of the fortnightly Gisburn Forest volunteer trail building sessions, with the added benefit of each volunteer hour unlocking further funding. For details of up and coming Gisburn Forest trail building dates please contact Martin Charlesworth at martin.Charlesworth@lancashire.gov.uk 

Click here to download the new Gisburn Forest trail map.  

You can hire a quality mountain bike from Cycle Adventure with free delivery/collection to Gisburn Forest. For details of our fleet of hire bikes click here.   

 


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