Walking

Walking trail

Calke Park Staunton Harold walk

Walking trail

Enjoy this delightful stroll around Calke Park's Staunton Harold Reservoir, taking in the sites of St Giles Church and Calke Abbey itself.

See carpets of wildflowers flourishing in spring and summer

For a springtime detour, why not follow our additional route (red dotted line on the route map), which will lead you to a carpet of bluebells in May. Look out for yellow cowslips in the spring and yellow rattle in the summer months on the main lawns in front of the Abbey.

Calke Abbey house with visitors in front

Map

Map route for Calke Park Staunton Harold walk

Start:

Calke Abbey main overflow car park, grid ref: SK367226

1

Follow the exit road from the main car park, walking past the front of the Abbey, the church and the entrance of Home Farm, which takes you into Calke Village.

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Late 19th-century painting, English School at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

2

Turn left at the main road, which will take you into the reservoir car park.

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3

Walk along the Severn Trent permissive path along the boardward to the weir.

4

The path takes you along the deer fencing, around the deer enclosure and back into the park.

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Stag in autumn

5

Optional detour: Where the deer fence turns left, downhill, you have the option of following the path straight on (dotted red line on the route map), keeping the stone wall to your left. Alternatively, if taking the shorter route to return to the walk start point (red route line on the map), follow the deer fence as it turns to the left and proceed towards the Abbey.

6

If following the shorter route (red line on the map), turn right here and continue to the walk starting point at the car park. (If following the detour route, skip straight to direction point 7).

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7

Detour continued: continue to follow the track (from point 5 on the route map), passing Serpentine Wood on your left.

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Man walking in bluebell wood

8

Go through the small gate and up the steps, keeping the ponds on your left. Follow the high path back to the car parks.

End:

Calke Abbey main overflow car park, grid ref: SK367226

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Calke Park Staunton Harold walk

Terrain

The route has stepped and stone paths with kissing gates. A section of the walk is along a wooden boardwalk alongside water. Enquire at the property for more accessible routes.

Dogs are welcome but must be kept on leads, as livestock graze in the surrounding fields. Please place dog litter in the bins provided.

Distance: 2 miles (3.4 km) = shorter route (red), 2.8 miles (4.6 km) = longer route (black dotted).

Time: 45 minutes to 1 hour (allow extra time if stopping to view the lambs in spring).

Calke Park Staunton Harold walk

Contact us

Calke Park Staunton Harold walk

How to get here

Address
Calke Abbey, Ticknall, Derby, South Derbyshire DE73 7LE
By road

10 miles (16km) south of Derby on A514 at Ticknall. M42/A42 exit 13 and A50 Derby South.  It is signposted in brown from the A42.

By bus

Service 69/A Derby-Swadlincote (passing close to Derby), alight Ticknall then 1.5 (2.5km) mile walk through park to house. Burton-on-Trent is 10 miles (16km) away.

By bicycle

National Cycle Network traffic-free route 5 miles (8km) away.

Calke Park Staunton Harold walk

Facilities and access

  • Dogs are welcome but must be kept on leads, as livestock graze in the surrounding fields