Spring bluebell walk

Walking trail

A short spring walk at Calke Abbey through the best places on the estate to see bluebells.

Wander in a carpet of bluebells

This walk is through a National Nature Reserve. Please make sure you keep to the tracks and paths to avoid trampling and damaging the woodland habitat.

Bluebells in Serpentine Wood at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire


Map route for Calke Abbey bluebell walk


Calke Abbey car park, grid ref: SK366226


Begin at the northern edge of the car park with your back to the Ticket Office. Use the gravel path then down the steps to the pond. Turn right and follow the deer fencing to a small gate. Look out for primroses growing on the bank on the left. Continue to the top of the hill until it meets the old park boundary wall.


Turn left away from the deer fence and follow the path near the wall through the parkland and then along through Serpentine Wood. Carpets of bluebells can be seen all over the woodland floor and make a spectacular sight in spring. This is a good spot to take a rest on a fallen tree trunk and enjoy the scent from the flowers. Please do not pick the bluebells – did you know picking and uprooting bluebells has been illegal since 1998?

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Bluebells in the woods at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire


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


Come out of the wood into Fishermans' car park. To see the oldest tree in the park – the 'Old Man of Calke' – walk a short way beyond the car park through a wooden kissing gate on the left. The tree stands 55yd (50m) on the left and is protected by railings. Retrace your steps and return to Fishermans' car park.

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The Old Man of Calke is an ancient tree at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire


Follow the narrow stoned then stepped path down from the car park to Betty's Pond. Bear left and go between the two ponds. Next ascend the steps after a gate. A number of Calke's ancient trees can be seen on the left. Some of these trees are more than 800 years old.

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Keep to the upper path which will lead back to the car park.


Calke Abbey car park, grid ref: SK366226

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Spring bluebell walk


Circular walk with stepped and stone paths, kissing gate and stile.

Spring bluebell walk

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Spring bluebell walk

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. Brown signposts from A42.

By bus

Number 61, Derby to Swadlincote (passing close to Derby Station), alight Ticknall then 1.5miles (2.5km) walk through the Park to Ticket Office.

By bicycle

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

Spring bluebell walk

Facilities and access

  • Restaurant, gift shop and toilet facilities available at Calke Abbey