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Image shows a close-up of a gatepost along the Tramway Trail at Calke Abbey, with a shared trail sign and waymarker on the post, with two walkers out of focus in the background
The Tramway Trail is a multi-use route | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey
The Peak District & Derbyshire

The Tramway Trail at Calke Abbey

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 an accessible figure-of-eight route suitable for cyclists, walkers, wheelchairs and pushchairs, you can tailor your adventure to suit you.

Multi-use trail

The Tramway Trail is a multi-use trail, so please share the paths with other visitors and don't forget to ring your bell when passing on a bike.

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Total steps: 10

Total steps: 10

Start point

Calke Explore car park, DE73 7JF

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Two visitors walking their dog in the woodland in autumn at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire
Visitors walking their dog in the woodland at Calke Abbey. | © National Trust Images/John Millar

Step 3

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.

A cyclist with a baby seat enjoying the Tramway Trail at Calke Abbey with a meadow and woodland in the background
Cycling the Tramway Trail at Calke Abbey | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Step 4

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.

Images shows a family cycling away from the camera along a double track beneath a canopy of autumn leaves at Calke Abbey, with a child in the foreground and other cyclists further ahead
Cycling the Tramway Trail at Calke Abbey | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Step 5

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.

A family wearing helmets and coats cycles along the Tramway Trail at Calke Abbey, beneath a canopy of autumnal leaves
Cycling the Tramway Trail at Calke Abbey | © National Trust Images/John Millar

Step 6

When you reach a sharp bend in the path, continue to your right along the Tramway Trail.

Step 7

Pass under another small bridge and continue along the trail until you reach a gravel track with some cottages on your right.

Step 8

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.

Step 9

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.

Step 10

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.

Image shows a close-up of a gatepost along the Tramway Trail at Calke Abbey, with a shared trail sign and waymarker on the post, with two walkers out of focus in the background
The Tramway Trail is a multi-use route | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

End point

Calke Explore car park, DE73 7JF

Trail map

Ordnance Survey map marking the Tramway Trail route at Calke Abbey
The Tramway Trail is a multi-use, accessible route at Calke Abbey | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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