Snowdrop walk from Calke to Dimminsdale

Walking trail

One of the first signs of spring is the emergence of snowdrops. Come along for a walk around Calke and visit neighbouring Nature Reserve Dimminsdale, managed by the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, to see some great displays of snowdrops.

Close up picture of snowdrops


Map route for snowdrop walk at Calke Abbey


Calke Abbey car park, grid ref: SK366226


From the car park walk along the exit road to pass the mansion and church on the left. As you approach the church look out for clusters of snowdrops, they can often be seen in this area. Cross the cattle grid and follow the road, the field to your left is often home to Calke's rare breed Portland sheep. You will recognise them by their sandy coloured fleece and curled horns. Proceed to the junction.

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Turn right; then left at the next junction (signposted Melbourne). Continue downhill to the entrance to Dimminsdale Nature Reserve on the right.

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Follow the path down steps by overgrown limekilns. Turn left to follow the path, cross a bridge then uphill through the woodland with the drowned quarry on the right. The swathes of snowdrops grow at the end of a wooden walkway.


At the junction of paths take the steps on the right down to a bridge and then cross a gap stile on the left. Use the gravel track that leads to the road through another gap.


Cross over to meet another surfaced path through the gap stile. Turn right for 22yd (20m) then bear left. Walk along the path veering right along a hedgerow, uphill through two gates and into the park at a third gate in the stone wall.


Take the double track straight ahead; under power cables and on to the shallow valley with the deer shelter in the woodland up on the right. Soon you will see the mansion house. Turn left to return to the car park.

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Calke Abbey car park, grid ref: SK366226

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Snowdrop walk from Calke to Dimminsdale


This walk will take you on country lanes, woodland paths and stoned paths. Some ascent and descent on stepped paths. Wear sturdy boots, some areas may be muddy. Not suitable for pushchairs.

Snowdrop walk from Calke to Dimminsdale

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Snowdrop walk from Calke to Dimminsdale

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 1.5 miles (2.5km) walk through the Park to Ticket Office.

By bicycle

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

Snowdrop walk from Calke to Dimminsdale

Facilities and access

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