An English idyll - get away from it all in our park © National Trust/Gillian Day

An English idyll - get away from it all in our park

Explore Calke Park

A designated National Nature Reserve and, until we opened it to the public in 1985, a largely secret world of ancient and partly tamed landscapes.

Explore the tranquil park away from the intrusion of public roads.

There's lots to see as the park plays host to some of the oldest trees in Europe and is a haven for all sorts of wildlife.

Ancient trees

Most trees in the park are probably descended from the original wildwood that covered Britain thousands of years ago.

The Old Man of Calke - named to celebrate our NNR status - is thought to be over a thousand years old.


We are proud of our National Nature Reserve status, which means that we're a place where wildlife comes first.

We word hard to protect important areas of wildlife; we are also a site of Special Scientific Interest.


Calke Park has a diverse landscape that makes it a wonderful place to walk.

Find ponds and weirs, walk in the woods and step back in time in our limeyards.

Download a trail or join a Ranger on one of our guided walks.


The wetlands have been developed to prevent silt from running into Calke Park's pond system.

They also fulfil a role as a quiet wildlife haven. Spend a lazy hour on the boardwalk watching dragonflies and damselflies.

Deer park

The deer park is home to Calke’s herd of fallow and red deer.

You can get great views of the deer close to the main car park and walk around most of the perimeter. Hear them roar in the autumn rutting season.


The limeyards are an area of industrial heritage that has been reclaimed by nature and covered by woodland.

Where the lime rich soils are opened to the sunlight common spotted orchids can be seen in in June and July. 

What happens in the park each month?

National Nature Reserve

Calke is proud of its National Nature Reserve (NNR) status, declared by English Nature in September 2004.

NNRs are places where wildlife comes first. They were established to protect important areas of wildlife habitat and geological formations in Britain, and as places for scientific research. This doesn't mean they're no-go areas - on the contrary, people are encouraged to explore and learn. However, it does mean you need to take care not to damage or disturb wildlife. Calke is an NNR because of the quality of its wood pasture, one of the rarest habitats in Europe.