Calke Abbey Walks
This walk takes you around the magnificent Calke country estate located in Ticknall, Derby. The walk begins at the car park and takes you along the beautiful Staunton Harold Reservoir before exploring the woodland, ponds and meadows of Calke Park. There is also a deer park with Calke's herd of fallow and red deer, while the wetlands area is also home to more wildlife with dragonflies and damselflies to see. The site has an interesting history having been an Augustinian priory from the 12th century until its dissolution by Henry VIII.
If you head a mile north you can visit the visitor centre and enjoy a well surfaced walk along the water to their wildflower meadow.
To continue your walking in the park try our circular Ticknall Tramway Tunnel Walk. This visits the old industrial tramway which connected the brickyards, lime quarries and lime yards of Ticknall to the Ashby Canal. The horse drawn system operated from 1802 to 1913. Today part of the route makes for a nice leisurely walk or cycle.
PostcodeDE73 7JF - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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There's a National Trust cafe at Staunton Harold Reservoir where you can buy light lunches, tasty snacks and refreshing drinks. The cafe is located at Calke Road, Windmill Hill with a postcode of DE73 8DN.
If you head about 1 mile north west of the park you'll come to the village of Ticknall where there are a few refreshment options. For example there's the excellent Chequers Inn. The friendly pub has a cosy fire indoors and a good sized garden area to sit out in. You can find it in the village at 27 High St with a postcode of DE73 7JH for your sat navs.
The Holly Bush in nearby Breedon is another good option. It's a historic pub of some note, dating all the way back to the 16th century. They serve high quality locally sourced food with some particularly delicious pies. The pub can be found at 1 Melbourne Lane with a postcode of DE73 8AT.
The expansive park makes for an excellent dog walk so you'll probably see plenty of other owners on a fine day. Please keep them on leads and under control around the areas with livestock though. You can find water bowls at the cafe.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The park is located close to the town of Melbourne where there are some lovely walks at the southern end of the town. Our Melbourne Hall and Pool Walk visits the historic hall and the pretty pool. You can pick up the two mile trail near the north eastern end of Staunton Harold Reservoir. Just over a mile north of the town you can also join with the Trent and Mersey Canal near Weston-on-Trent. There's some nice easy cycling and walking along the towpath here.
About two miles east of the abbey you'll find the noteworthy little village of Breedon on the Hill. Here you can try the circular Breedon Hill Walk which climbs to the village's limestone hill. On the hill top you'll find an Iron Age Hillfort and a fascinating ancient church which is something of a local landmark. You can also visit a splendid 16th century village pub for refreshment after your exercise.
The National Forest Way passes through the area. The long distance trail takes you to several of the highlights of the National Forest area.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Derbyshire Walks page.