The Tramway Trail

Cycling trail

Starting at Calke Explore, enjoy a leisurely walk or cycle 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.

The Tramway Trail is a multi-use trail at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire


Tramway Trail map at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire


Calke Explore car park


At Calke Explore, join the Tramway Trail just beyond the main car park, and then turn left onto the hard path. Here, you’ll find the Tramway Trail map situated to the right of the path.


When you reach the trail map, turn left to follow the path through the woodland. Continue along this path to the end of the woodland, and then up a slight incline towards a gate at Hogg’s Close corner.

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At Hogg’s Close corner, pass through the gate and bear left towards the driveway (be aware of cars approaching from the left). Take the track on the right, away from the driveway, with the dry stone wall to your right.

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Continue until you reach a bend in the track, then look for a gate to your 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 and woodland.

The Tramway trail cycle route at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire


When you reach a squeezer stile on your left, do not cross the road but continue along the Tramway Trail to the right, which runs parallel to the road. Eventually, you’ll reach a road crossing. Cross the road and continue along the trail under a small bridge.

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Cycling the Tramway Trail at National Trust Calke Abbey in Derbyshire


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.

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The Tramway Trail is a multi-use path at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire


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.

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Tunnels along the Tramway Trail at Calke Abbey, in Derbyshire


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.


Continue to follow the trail alongside the main driveway until you reach Middle Lodge, where you will find two gates. Pass through the right-hand gate and continue along the hard track until you reach Calke Explore.

The Tramway Trail is a multi-use trail at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire


Calke Explore car park

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The Tramway Trail


This walk will take you on country lanes, woodland paths and stoned paths. We recommend wearing sturdy footwear if walking, as some paths may get muddy during wet weather.

The Tramway Trail is a relatively flat route, making it a great cycle route for families and beginners, and is suitable for buggies and wheelchairs.

Please be aware that the trail passes through farmland where livestock may be grazing at certain times of the year. The trail also crosses some roads and runs parallel to roads at certain points – please take care if you're walking dogs or exploring the trail with young children.

The Tramway Trail

How to get here

Calke Abbey, Ticknall, Derby, DE73 7JF (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.

The Tramway Trail

Facilities and access

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