Calke Abbey is about 13 miles South of Derby and 11 from Mickleover.
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The route starts from the Abbey where cars may be parked and where there is an excellent cafe with toilets. NT members park for free.
En route from Derby you will have to cross the River Trent at Willington or Swarkeston aiming for the main entrance in Ticknall.
If you go via Repton and Milton, call in at Foremark Reservoir which is well worth a visit. Toilets and a small cafe here
View looking towards the dam at Foremark.
On into the woods where the path is not yet finally surfaced.
One of the few short climbs here.
And on through the fields surrounding the path.
A straight stretch here through more open ground.
A couple of stone bridges cross the cutting.
Thanks to The National Trust who have put a lot of effort and cash into this cycling and walking route. Also for their vision in keeping the Abbey in it's original condition when they came into ownership.
A single visit to the building is not sufficient to appreciate what it contains. Along with Kedleston Hall, another NT property a few miles away, it has become a major tourist attraction locally.