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Gisburn Forest

The mountain bike trails of Gisburn Forest (which at its closet point is only 6km from Dalesbridge) have undergone a major development program that includes a significant addition of red graded singletrack with sections of black graded trail added as well.Grisburn Forest Mountain Bike Trails

The new trails include an easy/moderate 11 kilometer ‘blue’ route for families and beginners and a 22 kilometer ‘red’ course for more experienced and expert mountain bikers.  The trail map and leaflet can be found here.

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 single track has firmly swung towards single track with somewhere in the region of 70% included on the red route.   

Mountain Biking Gisburn forestAn 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.

To get to Gisburn from Dalesbridge turn left from Dalesbridge's entrance and then take the road signed Clapham Station opposite the village of Clapham. Follow this road over the tops to the forest - the bike trails start from the Cocklet Hill car park which is located at the far side of the forrest beyond the reservoir and the tiny Dalehead Church.

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Cycle Adventure are often available at the Cocklet Hill car park to hire mountain bikes, currently around £19 per day. They offer a great service but it is advisable to check that they will be there and to book the contact is Stuart Jones on 07518 373 007 or text CA to that number and he will ring you back.


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