Calke Abbey to Staunton Harold Reservoir Café

Walking trail

Enjoy a leisurely walk from Calke Abbey to Staunton Harold Reservoir, with views over the reservoir, arable fields and woodland. Refresh and refuel at the dog-friendly National Trust café, then reverse the route to come back to Calke.

Staunton Harold Reservoir cafe

Map

Map of a walk from Calke Abbey to Staunton Harold Reservoir cafe

Start:

Calke Abbey car park, grid ref: SK366226

1

From the main car park, take the stepped footpath down towards Mere Pond. Turn right at the bottom of the steps and follow the path alongside the Deer Park.

2

Continue to follow the path up the hill until you reach an information board at the top of the incline. Turn left, then walk for 15 metres until you reach a gate on your right.

Calke Abbey to Staunton Harold Reservoir cafe walk, Derbyshire

3

Pass through the gate, then turn left and walk a short distance to cross a stile. Bear right and follow the well-trodden path across a planted field. This can be muddy in wet weather.

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Calke Abbey to Staunton Harold Reservoir cafe walk in Derbyshire

4

Continue across the field with views over Staunton Harold Reservoir to your right. When you reach the edge of the field, cross the two stiles either side of a private drive. Continue along the perimeter of the field with clearer views of the reservoir to your right, and a private house to the left.

Calke Abbey to Staunton Harold Reservoir cafe walk in Derbyshire

5

When you reach an ash tree, the path divides. Follow the right fork across an arable field towards a row of trees, until you reach a bridge crossing a stream. Cross the bridge and bear right to follow the narrow track across the field up a fairly steep incline.

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Calke Abbey to Staunton Harold Reservoir cafe walk in Derbyshire

6

At the top of the incline, cross a stile and turn right. Follow the surfaced single track road down to a small car park area.

7

At the car park, turn left and walk around a metal barrier onto the Severn Trent Water footpath that follows the edge of the reservoir. This is a fairly flat surfaced path with a wildflower meadow to the left and the reservoir to the right.

Calke Abbey to Staunton Harold Reservoir cafe walk in Derbyshire

8

Continue along this path until the reach the Staunton Harold Sailing Club. Follow the pedestrian route to the right through a small wooded area.

Calke Abbey to Staunton Harold Reservoir cafe walk in Derbyshire

9

Continue through the woodland until you reach a ‘beach’ area with views across the reservoir to the Severn Trent Water visitor centre, playground, and National Trust café.

10

Follow the path around to the Severn Trent Water car park. Cross the car park to reach the café.

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Calke Abbey to Staunton Harold Reservoir cafe walk in Derbyshire

End:

Staunton Harold Reservoir Café

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Calke Abbey to Staunton Harold Reservoir Café

How to get here

Address
Calke Abbey, Ticknall, Derby, South Derbyshire, 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.

Calke Abbey to Staunton Harold Reservoir Café

Facilities and access

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