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.
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.