Gisburn Forest Hub - Mountain Biking
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The Forest of Bowland was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1964. The AONB covers much of north-east Lancashire, with a small part in North Yorkshire, and the name "forest" is used in its traditional sense of "royal hunting ground".
Gisburn is one of my favourite trail centres, on the edge of the Forest of Bowland , having amazing trails and views to match. The trails are in a figure of 8 and are technically challenging. The intention is to do the northern loop twice so we can enjoy the roller coaster ride of Hully Gully twice ! (19 miles (30 km) in total.)
These red graded sections of this trail are suitable for experienced mountain bikers only. Full-face helmet and pads are recommended. This area is remote with limited mobile signal. Gisburn Forest Hub, does have a café and Bike Hire (£29 /day). Car parking is £3 for the day. Google “Gisburn Forest Hub, Clitheroe BB7 4TS”, to find the centre .
This is one of two MTB events this weekend, if you're also interested in taking part in the Cut Gate ride on Sunday, click here for more details:
What to bring
Apart from your bike remember the following:.
- Puncture repair kit (or better still a spare inner tube) and tyre levers. Also any special tools that your bike needs.
- Food - bring small snacks such as chocolate bars and energy foods.
- Plenty of water (minimum 2lts)
- Clothing: choose suitable clothes and footwear for the weather forecast and time of year. You will be exercising so lightweight layered clothing is best. Shorts are best even in rain, as they allow free movement of your legs. Jeans are useless if it rains but tracksuit bottoms need to be not too baggy or they may snag in the chain and cause an accident. You'll need trainers or similar with grippy soles for standard pedals.
- Cyclist's Helmet - Outdoorlads policy and common sense asks you to wear a helmet to events.
- Gloves - moutain bike gloves offer comfort and protection, highly recommended.
- Bag you will need a small day-sack to carry essential clothing, water and an emergency snack.
Food & drink
Bring a picnic lunch. There is an option to buy refreshments at the Hub's cafe.