75) Calke Abbey, gardens and estate, Derbyshire, Ticknall. Derbyshire, DE73 7JF
Calke Abbey , gardens and estate is located in Ticknall, Derbyshire.
A huge country estate build on the grounds of an abbey that is no longer in existence.
The estate is managed and ran by the National Trust (NT). Excellent for cycling and exploring by power chair, Batec or mobility scooter. As with many NT locations they do have one at present and soon two Tramper mobility vehicles for disabled guests to use. I would recommend you book one prior to your visit should you wish to use one. No charge but donations in lieu of use are welcomed.
There are many very old oak and other species tree's on the estate, The Old Man of Calke is an ancient oak and is over 1,200 years old.
I wish we had more time to explore but didn't as we called in on our way back from Hampshire to Huddersfield. That said we will be going back to explore this location further. On our visit we did 2.5 miles, though you could far far more.
Road, hardened path, grass track, forrest path, but much on established good quality hard standing.
We were told by the visitor information office that there is around 8 miles of track, and paths to explore. They also offered a map and highlighted area's not suitable due to steepness or steps.
The country house is accessible in parts on the ground floor but the NT are looking at how they can make other parts of it accessible. There is also a chapel that is on the top of a raised part of land, you can get near it but there are several steps to reach the actual chapel.
Facilities on site:
Ample free blue Badge parking, there is an admission charge for visitors but as in our case we are National Trust members therefor it was free to visit.
Cycle hire available. Dogs permitted but only assistance / guide dogs allowed in the premise.
Stable block and cafe. Fully accessible cafe and shop and disabled / general toilets.
Other toilets located in other parts of the estate.
What might you see?
During our visit (feb) the gardens were covered in Snowdrops, lots of different fauna and flora, tree's and shrubs.
The estate has a herds of deer, Red and fallow.
Listen for various woodpecker and enjoy many types of birds singing and foraging.