Sawley is a small village situated on the River Ribble in the Forest of Bowland. The village makes a popular starting point for walkers with the ruins of Sawley Abbey to visit.

The Abbey was founded in 1147 but was abandoned by the Cistercian monks in 1537 after attempting to defy Henry VIII’s orders to close all monasteries.

The Abbey’s stones were used to build the village leaving just the ruins which remain today.

The village also makes a nice place for walkers to stay with the popular The Spread Eagle Inn. The Inn has 7 rooms and is also dog friendly. As per Tripadvisor, it is also a nice place to visit for just a meal or a drink.

During the summer months the village plays host to the Beat Herder festival. This is a very popular festival which is growing in visitors year on year. Reviews like this from Live Magazine are helping:

“Beat-Herder pulled of the trick that most festivals can only aspire to, the balance between day time festivities and late night indulgence. It can really boast an eclectic mix of music from the legends of music history through the cutting edge of modern dance to the niche of psychedelic guitar rock.”

In 2014 Beat Hearder welcomes (among many) ANNE SAVAGE, BIPOLAR SUNSHINE, BLONDE, BONEY M (FEAT MAIZIE WILLIAMS), CAPTAIN HOTKNIVES, CHAIN SKA BRASSIKA, CHRIS LIBERATOR, DAVOS, DEEKLINE, DIRTY GENTLEMEN, DJ FORMAT, DUB PHIZIX & STRATEGY, DUB PISTOLS, ED SOLO, ELITE FORCE, ETON MESSY DJ’S, FAR TOO LOUD, FATHER FUNK, GIDEON CONN, GOLDIE LOOKIN CHAIN, THE ORB (LIVE), TIMO MAAS. See the full line up here.

But normally the village of Sawley is a quiet and tranquil place, here is some recent video we took at Sawley Abbey.


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