Sway is a peaceful village on the southern edge of the New Forest National Park, midway between Brockenhurst and Lymington. The Solent Coast is a mere 4 miles away and the station stop at Sway sits on the main Weymouth to London Waterloo railway line, making it very accessible by public transport. The village has a small selection of fine independent shops and pubs, and hosts an annual summer carnival and several other events. Sway is a real village haven for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. It’s perfectly placed for exploring the Forest and the Solent coast.
Sway is also the location for the unusual Peterson’s Folly or Tower built from 1879-83 by the Yorkshireman Andrew Thomas Turton Peterson. Constructed entirely in concrete and made with Portland cerment, it was Peterson’s intention to show that un-reinforced concrete could be used in structures. At the time it was completed it was the tallest concrete structure in the world at 66 metres high. It is something of a landmark and can be seen for miles around.
ArtSway in the village is an acclaimed contemporary visual arts gallery. It began as a gallery in 1997 and soon developed into an exhibition space and training facility. It was set up to provide a relatively remote community with a venue to view contemporary art and provide support for the community to pursue the arts.
Where to Stay
Accommodation in and around the village is brimming with period character and charm. Stay in a converted chapel B&B or a luxurious manor house hotel set within extensive grounds. Beautiful cottages are also widely available in the area, just a few minutes’ walk from village amenities, the station and open forest. You’ll also find Grade Listed farmhouse B&Bs in the village offering Bed and Barn stays inclusive of accommodation for you and your horse. Sway is an excellent location in the New Forest for horse riding holidays.
Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.