Calke Park deer shelter walk

Walking trail

Explore Calke’s wetland area and discover a preserved 18th-century deer shelter on this pleasant amble through an ancient parkland landscape.

Baby deer in spring at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire


Map route for Calke Park deer shelter walk


Main overflow car park at Calke Abbey, grid ref: SK367226


From the main car park, head to the gate in the top-left corner of the car park, to follow the one-way system in place for parkland walks. Follow the footpath with the pond down to your right, then descend some steps to another gate. Pass through the gate and continue a short way along the path, with Betty’s Pond to your left.


When you reach a fork in the path, bear right up the steps towards Fisherman’s car park. Continue upward across the grassy field towards the woods, then follow the path through Serpentine Wood until you reach a gate, with a stile on your left.

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Cross the stile and follow the path downward towards the driveway, with the fence on your right. When you reach the driveway, cross over and follow the drive for a short distance to the left. You’ll pass through a gate alongside a cattle grid, before taking a gravelled pathway leading off to the right.


Follow the pathway into Calke Explore, crossing the entry road in order to take the boardwalk towards the facilities. Here you will find lots of wetlands to explore, along with a natural woodland play area, toilets and a refreshments kiosk.

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Family exploring the wetlands at National Trust Calke Abbey | Derbyshire


When you’re ready to continue, walk to the far end of the Calke Explore car park to join the Tramway Trail. On joining the path turn left, and then shortly after turn left at the fork in the path to head into the Pokers Leys woodland. When you reach the end of the woods, continue up the gentle incline with the field on your right, until you reach a gate.


Where the driveway bends around the corner, you will see a track on the right alongside a dry-stone wall. Follow this path until it bends around to the left.


Follow the historic driveway: you can continue along this track until the end or, after a short distance, take the grass path on your right to walk up the grassy knoll. This takes you up to the remains of the deer shelter, which has been preserved in the state in which it was found.

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


After visiting the deer shelter, walk down the grassy hill to the old driveway, where you’ll see a stunning view of the Abbey. Keeping the exit road to your right, walk over the grass field back towards the stables and car park.


Main overflow car park at Calke Abbey, grid ref: SK367226

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Calke Park deer shelter walk


This circular route takes you over rough grassland. It also has stepped and stone paths, kissing gates and stiles. Please note there may be livestock grazing along this route; please keep dogs on leads where necessary, and take care when crossing roads.

Calke Park deer shelter walk

Contact us

Calke Park deer shelter walk

How to get here

Ticknall, 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. Signposted from the A42

By bus

Number 61, Derby to Swadlincote (passing close to Derby Station), alight Ticknall then 1.5 miles (2.5km) walk through park to house

By bicycle

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

Calke Park deer shelter walk

Facilities and access

  • Relax in our restaurant and enjoy the warming local and seasonal food on our lunch menu or delicious cakes to go with your afternoon tea
  • A wide range of gifts are available in our shop for you to treat yourself or someone special
  • Buy local food in the new Calke Pantry
  • Baby-changing facilities available
  • Front-carrying baby slings and hip-carrying infant seats for loan
  • Designated mobility parking
  • Mobility toilet available near visitor reception
  • Wheelchairs available to borrow (limited)