This National Trust property offers a variety of beautiful walks. For the book I chose 2 which start from different sides of the Calke Estate and give you tasters of some of the special areas that Calke has to offer.
Originally the home of the Harpur-Crewe family this wonderful country house estate became a National Trust property in the 1950's. The house and stables have been kept in a condition where they can reflect the times and lives of the last occupants. The estate is nestled between the pretty village of Ticknall - a hugely popular place with walkers - and Staunton Harold reservoir.
Within the parkland of Calke you will discover ancient oak trees, a restored tramway, old lime yards and a deer park.
These two walks are guaranteed to impress visitors. One of them includes an old tramway tunnel - just long enough to be impressively spooky - and explores the limeyards (if elves, goblins and fairies do exist this is undoubtedly where they would live!). The other walk takes you around the deer compound (go in autumn to see and hear the deer rutting, an impressive display), and also alongside the banks of Staunton Harold reservoir. Look out for magnificent displays of bluebells in springtime, lovely weeping willows on the side of the reservoir and rare ferns in the SSI around the lime yards.