Tramway project steams ahead in Calke Park

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Work is progressing on another phase of the Tramway project - the creation of a footpath between Calke and the Staunton Harold Estate.

Originally built in 1804, as a horse drawn tramway it was used to carry limestone and other lime products from the Ticknall Limeyards and Quarries to the canals at nearby Ashby-de-la-Zouch.

We have identified parts of this which can be used as a circular path and cycle way on the estate and work has been progressing over a couple of years.

Work starting in mid-January 2014 is going to extend the route by a further 2 kilometres thanks to funding from Sport England and Disability Access Fund who have each generously given us £20,000 to help us complete more of the project.

To account for the industrial archaeology of the tramway, a membrane will be laid over the top, which the path will then sit on top of.  This is to protect and conserve the original tramway underneath.

Once work has been completed look out for more information and a map of the route and come along on foot or by bike, and let us know what you think of the tramway.