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Mountain Biking In Gisburn Forest

Written by Kirsty Jones on

Cycling in Lancashire

May half term is creeping up fast and it’s another golden opportunity to escape on a fun-filled trip with family and friends. Getting active during a holiday is a great way to discover the surrounding area and one place we love exploring in North Lancashire is Gisburn Forest, not only because of its stunning views of the Forest of Bowland but also because of the fast paced way you can travel around the woodland.

Mountain biking trails are dotted within Gisburn Forest and these fantastic routes allow you to explore all that the habitat around you has to offer. From Cocklet Hill Car Park you will discover two of the best places to go mountain biking in North Lancashire. There are two trails to test your skills, one with a moderate difficulty and another with a high difficultly rating.

“The 8” route is the most challenging, a red route which is 18km. This thrilling ride includes jagged rocks of Whelpstone Crag and as they describe a ‘roller coaster ride down Hully Gully’! The second route Bottoms Beck is a blue route which is classed as moderate difficulty, this route is suitable for both novice and young riders which is a great way to include all the family.

Whenever you may be on the routes be sure to look out for the any warning markers, it’s also good to be aware there are walkers on the route so keep alert for children and dogs that may have stumbled across the track. Gisburn forest has had great reviews for mountain biking so make sure you give it a go, you won’t be disappointed!

There’s even the Forest Den Café for when you get hungry which serves a range of snacks like sandwiches, panini’s and jacket potatoes to help you refuel. Why not view our holiday cottages which are a 10 minute cycle away from the forest and make this half term a mountain biking extravaganza in honour of the Yorkshire leg of the Tour De France!

Kirsty Jones

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