Monday, 25 January 2010

Gisburn Forest

We planned a day at Gisburn Forest, first time I have been there, but Dean and Dave have visited a couple of times, but before the completed Red Trail was finished.

The car park was full when we arrived at 09.30, we got the last two spaces, itb was in bad condition after the winter weather, but lots of riders setting out to do the trails, in fact there were quite a few traffic jams.

Lots of riders riding big heavy downhill bikes, way to big and burly for the trail riding on offer.

The trail is excellent, it just seems to on and on, long sections of twisty singletrack, fire road climbs, rock gardens, super high berms and lots of mud.

The trail builders have excelled themselves, it’s a superb ride, great scenery and features, including a quarry and a rock slab drop if you want!

The tril took us the best part of three hours to complete, quite a bit of waiting at the jam points.

We will definitely be back there, through perhaps on a weekday. It’s a fantastic resource for Lancashire, all it needs is a better infrastructure at the car park, a cafĂ© and shop would bring it up the standard of the best.

Of all the trail centres I have ridden Gisburn comes second only to Glentress.


Red Bike said...

I've been camping a few times just where that ford crossing is. The trail wasn't completed back then. I think it would be too busy to stop there now.

Richard said...

Hi Jon, yes it would be a bit busy up there now! Loads of people up there on Sunday, really popular, I will go again, but through the week next time!