Gisburn Forest is bike paradise

The Hully Gully, part of Gisburn Forest's 18km red route for experienced riders.
The Hully Gully, part of Gisburn Forest's 18km red route for experienced riders.
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national Bike Week, from June 18th to 26th, has prompted the Forestry Commission to urge people in Lancashire to take their bikes to Gisburn Forest.

National Bike Week is a UK-wide campaign that promotes cycling as an everyday healthy and practical lifestyle choice and a great way of helping the country reduce its carbon footprint.

Gisburn Forest, which is owned and run by the Forestry Commission, is a fantastic location for people to ride their bikes and enjoy fun healthy exercise and adventure in a stunning natural environment.

There are two way-marked mountain bike routes that snake their way through the forest. The 18km-long “8” is a red route aimed at the more technically competent riders. Highlights include the rocky Whelpstone Crag section and the huge banked corners of Hully Gully.

For less experienced riders there is also the 9.5km-long Bottoms Beck blue graded trail which also provides plenty of fun and adventure in the forest.

There is also a wide network of forest trails within the forest that can be ridden by family groups and leisure riders.

For more information about mountain biking and other activities at Gisburn Forest visit www.forestry.gov.uk/northwestengland. A downloadable trail map is also available from this website. For more information about mountain biking at Gisburn try www.gisburnbiketrails.com or the Gisburn Facebook page.