The Tramway Trail
Take the Tramway trail today and discover some of the old horse-drawn tramway that linked Ticknall to Ashby. Built between 1799 and 1802 the tramway trail was used for many years finally closing in September 1915. Since its closure it has been reclaimed by nature but over the last few years it has been transformed into a circular route which enables exploration of the wider Calke Estate on foot or by leisurely cycle.
Leave main Car Park via a pedestrian gate in left-hand corner
Leave main Car Park via a pedestrian gate in left-hand corner (with Visitor complex behind you). Follow path ahead which eventually leads down steps to pass through a gate between two ponds.
Where the path forks, take the left-hand path as opposed to the right hand path which ascends steeply uphill. Continue on path until you reach a gravel track, turn left and continue on track until you reach the road.
Cross over and ascend grassy bank towards park entry. As you near the admission hut locate a gap in the trees where a track passes through, follow this hard track.
Eventually it passes by a pond on your right, bear left and pass through a pedestrian gate on the left. This leads down onto the tramway, with the tunnel on your right, turn left onto the tramway route.
Continue ahead to pass through a gate, and a short tunnel and then eventually a road. Cross over and continue on, passing a gravel track with some cottages on your left, and eventually passing under a bridge.
Tunnels and Arches
Tunnels and arches were built to help conceal the tramway or allow access to farms. The most important is the cut and cover tunnel under the main drive, this ensured it was well hidden from those using the carriage to drive to the house.
The tramway soon after meets the road (don’t cross this time), but continues sharp left running parallel with the road to the right.
Continue ahead under another bridge and another road, cross this time and continue along the tramway as before.
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The whole of the tramway was a single track so various passing places were required along the route ; this is the most obvious one that remains.
Where the tramway path narrows and nears a squeezer stile on your right turn left up a clear path through trees and eventually through farmland until it passes through two pedestrian gates near a brick barn.
Continue on until a further gate is reached which brings you back into Calke park.
The new route
The new route - at the point where the tramway spurred off to Dimminsdale we have created a new path back into the Calke estate to ensure a circular route.
On passing through the gate bear slightly left and then right onto a track through a shallow valley which eventually meets the road in front of the green gates to the Abbey. Turn left here and return to the main car park.
Main Car Park
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