Discover the 'old man' that's really in The National Forest & Beyond

Ticknall, Derbyshire

Once the stately home of eccentrics, Calke Abbey’s former glory has faded, but outside there’s room to walk, run and explore.

There are plenty of surprising discoveries to be made in the abbey’s beautiful park grounds, most of which belongs to a National Natural Reserve. You’ll find that the varied landscape of grassland, ponds and rare wood pasture makes this a wonderful space to walk in.

Take the family - though doggie on a lead please. Such special and fragile habitats are teeming with residents. Apart from the deer enclosure – a joy in itself – this is a place of badgers, bats, bluebells, butterflies, birds, beetles and other bug-life. Look out for them and enjoy their company.

As for the Old Man of Calke, he was growing here before the Norman Conquest. He’s too frail to touch now, but do nod a greeting when you pass by.

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