The 'Old Man' has over 1000 years of stories to tell © Brian Muelaner

The 'Old Man' has over 1000 years of stories to tell

An ancient and fragile habitat

Escape into the ancient and fragile habitats of Calke Park.

Calke Park has a rich and varied landscape, from rolling grassland to ancient oaks. About a third of the park is a National Nature Reserve, recognised in 2004 due to the quality of its wood pasture, one of our rarest habitats.

Some of the trees here are among the oldest in Europe.

Calke seasons

Calke Park is open all year round.

Each season has something new to see and do. Spring is full of new life and birdsong. Summer is great for long walks and butterflies. The autumn deer rut is a must and winter reveals knotted branches as the trees lose their leaves. 

Animals at Calke

From deer to dragonflies, birds to bats, Calke Park is an ideal place to spot wildlife.

Make sure you visit our bird hides located in the main car park and wetlands - they're the perfect places to seek out our woodland birds.

Explore more

Did you know Calke Abbey is in the heart of The National Forest?

Generating a new forest for the nation, it promotes the creation and preservation of wildlife habitats - something very dear to our hearts here at Calke. 

Busy bird hides

Watch this greater spotted woodpecker getting some food. 

Make sure to visit our bird hides in the far right corner of the main car park and in the wetlands.

Rare species, such as a turtle dove, have been spotted here and the hides are great for taking wildlife photos.

Don't forget our...

  • A majestic red deer stag taking a break in the deer park © National Trust/Gillian Day


    Walk around the edge of the enclosure where red and fallow deer live and get a closer look.

  • Learn how to capture moments like these © Eddie Hyde


    Our hives in the Large Kitchen Garden provide honey for us to sell at Apple Day.

  • Look out for many varieties of fungi in the park from September onwards © National Trust/ Bill Cove


    Our wonderfully ancient trees and permanent pastures are host to an array of eclectic fungi.

  • Wildlife walk

    Take in some wildlife on this walk around our National Nature Reserve.