Trail Info

Mountain biking in Gisburn Forest

Your Safety - Mountain biking is a potentially hazardous activity carrying a significant risk. It should only be undertaken with a full understanding of all the inherent risks. The guidelines found here must always be used in conjunction with the exercise of your own experience, intuition and careful judgement. Remember routes may change owing to tree felling and other forest operations.

Gisburn MTB Trial map

The 8 ---------

Red Grade • Difficult • 18km

Black Severe (optional features and sections)

Sheep HillLaid out in a figure of eight. Highlights include the volunteer built trail of Home Baked, the gnarly Whelpstone Crag and the roller coaster ride of Hully Gully – as close as you can get to dancing on a bike. The trail includes forest road and red & blue grade single-track. There are optional black grade sections and features on the way. Enjoy!.

Bottoms Beck ---------------

Blue Grade • Moderate • 9.5km

Park WoodA shorter trail for an easy ride. Suitable for novices and younger riders. Drop down to the causeway over Stocks reservoir and bounce along Eggberry Road. A mellow section of green grade trail follows an old rail line beside Bottoms Beck. Flow along the funky blue single-track of Park Wood, before swooping down from the top of Cocklet Hill. Park Wood can be by-passed by staying on the forest road.


Trail Grading

Green: Easy Blue: Moderate Red: Difficult Black: Severe
Suitable for: Beginners in good health with basic bike skills. Most types of bike.
Trail: Relatively flat and wide.
Suitable for: Riders in good health, basic off road skills. Basic mountain bikes.
Trail: Some single track, root & rock obstacles.
Suitable for: Proficient mountain bikers with good off road riding skills and fitness. Good mountain bikes.
Trail: Challenging climbs, tricky descents & technical features such as drop-offs & large rocks.
Suitable for: Expert mountain bikers with high level of fitness. Quality off-road mountain bikes.
Trail: Greater challenge & difficulty. Expect large & unavoidable features.