Gisburn Forest is the largest forest in Lancashire, welcoming more than 60,000 day visitors each year.  Nestled in the rural north-east of the county, 40 miles north of Manchester, the forest is easily accessible by road, close to the intersection of the A59 (east to west) and A65 (north to south).  Managed by Forestry England, the estate is owned by United Utilities plc.  

Sat Nav Postcode: BB7 4TS


The Hub is located in a clearing of the forest known as Stephen Park.  The original farmstead, dating back to 1662, is now a 40-bed residential centre.  Other buildings at the Hub accommodate the regional office of Forestry England and independent businesses and community groups, including the Gisburn Forest Hub Café, Muck or Nettles CIC.

The Hub’s amenities include the Gisburn Forest Hub Café and meeting room, Stephen Park residential centre (40 capacity), two outdoor performance stages, events meadow, car park and toilet block.  The Hub provides the gateway to explore the wilder habitats of this spectacular scenery, feel the adrenalin of the bike trails, or simply bask and breathe in the beauty of the surroundings.

Gisburn’s dramatic scenery, with deep forest and challenging hills, provides the perfect backdrop for our award-winning mountain bike trails, a network of waymarked forest walks and, for those seeking a unique outdoor adventure, visit after dusk to soak in the wonder of the stars.  Gisburn Forest Hub is an accredited Dark Sky Discovery Site.

Pop-up camping is not currently available.