Average Time: Allow around an hour
Type of Walking: Family friendly
Refreshments Available: The Wheel in Ticknall does excellent meals (booking is advisable) and the village shop and tea rooms offer hot drinks, cake and light refreshments.
Starting Point: The walk starts from Ticknall Village Hall car park which is situated just off Ingleby Lane in Ticknall. The postcode for sat nav users is DE73 7JW.
Published date: 26th September 2018
Ticknall Tramway Tunnel and Limeyards
Leave the car park by the gate in the corner which leads back out onto Ingleby Lane. Cross over the lane and turn right to walk downhill towards the village. After a short distance cross the main road, opposite The Wheel, and then turn left for a short distance before turning right into Banton’s Lane by a wooden footpath sign. Continue through the small gate at the end of the lane and follow the footpath arrows to bear right across the field. You will pass through an open gateway and then a new wooden gate. Almost immediately after this gate turn right to pass through a second small gate which leads you down a slope to the old tramway. Turn sharp right and you will see the entrance to the Ticknall Tramway Tunnel ahead of you. Built in 1805, the tunnel was part of the tramway linking the limeworks at Ticknall with the Ashby Canal and was closed in 1915. *Those who wish to avoid going through the tunnel itself should turn left after the new gate, follow the path to reach and cross over the main drive of Calke Abbey, and then look for a stile on the far side of the drive which will lead them down to the other end of the tunnel. *
After emerging from the tunnel, you enter Ticknall Limeyards, a site of special scientific interest. This path always makes me think of Lord of the Rings as you can definitely imagine hobbits, elves and goblins living among the ferns, rocks and hanging creepers! Keep straight ahead down the track, following the green National Trust arrows, and ignoring any paths off to the side. You will pass over a small metal bridge with an information board off to the left of it and a little further on you cross over a beautifully restored old stone bridge. Go through a wooden gate and then underneath a stone archway before arriving at a narrow gap by a rocky outcrop with a stile on your left. Cross the stile to emerge onto a grassy area with ponds on your left hand side. You may like to make a small diversion to explore the ponds before leaving over the stile on the far side of this area. After damp weather there is a small waterfall which cascades down the rocks on your right just after the stile - in the winter when it freezes it is particularly beautiful.
After a short way you join a wide track. Turn left and follow the track down to reach the main road through Ticknall. Turn left along the road, and continue along the pavement, crossing over where the path on the left ends, until you pass under the bridge just before the main entrance to Calke Abbey. Immediately opposite this entrance, take the path up the grassy area on your right up to a gap beside a gate which leads onto the end of Chapel Lane. Turn left to go through the gate and then walk along Chapel Lane to arrive back onto Ingleby Lane. The gate leading into Ticknall Village Hall car park is now immediately ahead of you.
All walks are checked shortly before publication but please be aware that paths may change over time and with the seasons.