Tramway project steams ahead in Calke Park

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Work on the final stage of the 'Tramway Project' was completed in March 2014 and now creates a footpath and cycleway 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.The cost of extending the canal from Ashby to Ticknall was deemed too expensive as it would have involved creating a number of locks.

Parts of this tramway have been used to create the new path. The Harpur-Crewe family insisted that where the tramway passed through the Calke Estate it was hidden from view. As a result the pathway is screened by trees and hedging and passes through tunnels along its route.

Sport England and the Disability Access Fund generously gave £20,000 each to the project and this allowed us to extend the route by a further two kilometres.

To conserve the industrial archaeology of the site a membrane was laid over the original Tramway and the new path laid over.

To celebrate the completion of this project Calke will be holding a Tramway Festival between Saturday 19 September and Sunday 27 September 2015. Come along to the festival on foot or on bike and let us know what you think.