Walking trail

The Tramway Trail

Walking 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.

The Tramway Trail at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire


Tramway Trail


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.

Walkers on the Tramway trail


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.

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Bridge on the Tramway trail


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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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.

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Sheep on the Calke Estate


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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The Tramway Trail


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.

The Tramway Trail

How to get here

Calke Abbey, Derby, DE73 7LE
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.

The Tramway Trail

Facilities and access

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