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Calke Park - 18 December 2014

A windy but dry day for a walk, around 6 miles, led by Barry Wallace.

Starting at Ticknall Village Hall (good car park and loos as well!), we headed into Calke Park then along the old tramway for a while before making towards the Abbey across some quite muddy fields. A very well-made tree-swing made for a little light entertainment!

After lunch near to Calke Abbey, we continued through the park, with good views towards Staunton Harold, and then into the former industrialised area of the Ticknall limeyards. Back in the early 1800s, the kilns were working 24 hours a day, but, having been abandoned in the middle of the 19th century, it is amazing to see how much nature has taken the area back.

Our route back to Ticknall took us past (but on this occasion not through) the tramway tunnel, built in 1805, part of a horse-drawn tramway linking the limeyards with the Ashby Canal. The tunnel was to ensure that the carriage drive leading to Calke Abbey was not affected by industrial activities.

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A new information panel at the village hall in Ticknall.

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