Abbeystead is a small village in the Forest of Bowland, near to the Trough of Bowland. The River Wyre meanders through the village from Tarnbrook and the Wyre Way takes you around Abbeystead Reservoir.
There is a popular parking spot at Stoops Bridge, which gives access to the Wyre Way and Abbeystead Reservoir, which was built around 1855 but is no longer used to supply the mills along the Wyre.
There was a disaster in 1984 when a methane explosion destroyed a waterworks valve house, instantly killing eight and injuring more. After the explosion the roof collapsed and another eight people sadly lost their lives after the severe injuries sustained. There is a plaque situated in the village commemorating the lost lives.