Reflections trail at Calke Abbey

Walking trail

Take in the beautiful views of the original drive and discover hidden views and spaces on this amble through Calke's ancient parkland.

Take a peaceful walk around the ponds at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire


Map route for reflections trail at Calke Abbey walk


Calke Abbey main car park, grid ref: SK367226


Begin at the northern edge of the main car park with your back to the ticket office. Use the gravel path then down steps to the pond. Turn right and follow the deer fencing to the top of the hill, until it meets the old park boundary wall close to an interpretation board.


Turn left away from the deer fence and follow the path near the wall through Serpentine Wood.

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Woodland in winter at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire


Go through the kissing gate at the end of the wall and follow the woodland path which bears round to the left.


Come out of the wood into the Fisherman's car park.


Follow the narrow stoned then stepped path down from the car park to Betty's Pond. Bear left and go between the two ponds.


Take the gate to your right and follow the path directly uphill, through the wood pasture which is part of the National Nature Reserve. Do not cross over the stile but bear right to meet an avenue of ancient oak trees after 33yd (30m). Turn left to follow the avenue and then continue straight ahead to meet the road.


Cross the road and turn right walking parallel with the road until you meet the park boundary wall.


Turn left and follow the track keeping the wall on your right until you enter a small copse of trees and a large white gate. Look out for bat boxes fixed to some of the trees.


Turn left and follow the old main carriage drive, now stoned.

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Take a short detour right; uphill to view the preserved deer shelter. Retrace your steps downhill to the carriage drive. Turn right to the road.

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The preserved 18th-century deer shelter at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire


Turn left and walk parallel with road until you reach the visitor facilities and car park.


Calke Abbey main car park, grid ref: SK367226

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Reflections trail at Calke Abbey


Circular walk with stoned paths, kissing gates and some steps. Enquire at property for more accessible routes.

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

Reflections trail at Calke Abbey

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Reflections trail at Calke Abbey

How to get here

Calke Abbey, Ticknall, Derby, South Derbyshire DE73 7LE (if using SatNav please use postcode DE73 7JF)
By train

Derby, 9.5 miles (15.2km); Burton-on-Trent, 10 miles (16km).

By road

10 miles (16km) south of Derby on A514 at Ticknall. M42/A42 exit 13 and A50 Derby South.

By bus

Number 61, Derby to Swadlincote, alight Ticknall then 1.5-mile (2.5km) walk through park to house.

By bicycle

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

Reflections trail at Calke Abbey

Facilities and access

  • Toilets, restaurant and shop are located off the main car park
  • Dogs are welcome on leads