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 opened to the public in 1985, a largely secret world of ancient and partly tamed landscapes.

The park plays host to some of the oldest trees in Europe and is a haven for all sorts of wildlife.

There's lots to see so download a map of Calke Estate to help you explore.


Calke Park has a diverse landscape that makes it a wonderful place to walk.
Join a Park Guide or Ranger walk to experience the Calke Abbeys’ seasonal highlights or download a trail and explore at your leisure.


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.

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.


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. 


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.