The Tramway Trail
Enjoy a leisurely cycle or walk through woodland, farmland and pasture, and discover some of the old horse-drawn tramway that linked Ticknall to Ashby. With a recently extended figure-of-eight route suitable for cyclists and walkers of all ages, you can make your adventure as long as you like.
Calke Abbey main car park
From the main car park, go past the Stableyards and follow the exit road towards the house. When you reach the green gates on your left, turn right and follow the track through a shallow valley.
The carriage drive
The track you're now walking along was the original driveway, which offered a spectacular view of the house as visitors arrived by carriage. Turn around to take a look at the view. On your left, you'll notice what remains of the deer shelter. It was built here so the deer could be seen from the house, and provided a feeding point for the red and fallow deer.
Continue along the track until you reach a gate in the stone wall ahead of you, where the path veers to the right. Pass through the gate and follow the path until you reach two pedestrian gates near a brick barn. Pass through the gates and continue along the path through farmland, until a right bend in the path takes you downhill into a woodland area.
When you reach a squeezer stile on your left, do not cross the stile but continue along the Tramway Trail to your right, which runs parallel to the road. Eventually, you will reach a road crossing. Cross the road and continue along the trail under a small bridge.
A single track road
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.
When you reach a sharp bend in the path, continue to your right along the Tramway Trail.
Pass under another small bridge and continue along the trail until you reach a gravel track with some cottages on your right. Click + for an alternative route here.
For a shorter route, turn right down the gravel track past the cottages, cross the road and pick up the Tramway Trail on the other side of the road. Follow the path until you reach a junction in the woodland. Turn right here, then follow the trail through the woodland and up alongside the main driveway. When you reach a gate, turn left onto the main driveway and follow the road back to the car park.
Continue along the path until you come to a road crossing. Cross over, then pick up the Tramway trail and continue until you reach a small tunnel. Pass under the tunnel, then continue to follow the path through another gate.
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 that it was well hidden from those using the carriage to drive to the house.
When you reach another tunnel, take the right-hand pathway up to the trail (do not go under the tunnel this time). Turn right at the top, and pass a pond on your left.
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Continue to follow the trail alongside the main driveway until you reach two gates near Middle Lodge. Pass through the right-hand gate and continue along the hard track.
Along the track, you will come across a squeezing stile on your left into the woodland. Continue past this stile until you reach a wider path on your left. Turn left here and follow the trail through the woodland and up alongside the main driveway.
When you reach a gate, turn left onto the main driveway and follow the road back up to the car park. Walkers can cross the meadow to reach the car park and Stableyard facilities.
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Calke Abbey main car park
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