Best walks near Derby: Easy woodland walk that takes you past a dilapidated National Trust property

The walk takes you through the parkland of Calke AbbeyThe walk takes you through the parkland of Calke Abbey
The walk takes you through the parkland of Calke Abbey

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The lovely circular walk in Derbyshire takes you past Calke Abbey

After a decadent festive season, January offers the perfect opportunity to get your body moving.

Starting with a hike up into the peaks might be a bit much for the dead of winter, so we're suggesting something a little bit easier for your weekend stroll.

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This circular walk near Derby takes you past a dilapidated National Trust property and through magical woodlands.

The peaceful three-mile route takes roughly an hour and a half to walk and is dog-friendly. You can view the full map here.

The route takes you along the historic driveway and Tramway Trail of the Calke Abbey Parklands and into Casey's Plantation, a new area of woodland where over 10,000 young trees are beginning to thrive.

The plantation is home to a variety of oak trees including hornbeam, cherry, hawthorn, spindle, and blackthorn.

Calke Abbey is a Grade I listed country house near Ticknall in Derbyshire. The site was an Augustinian priory from the 12th century until its dissolution by Henry VIII.

Calke Abbey is an unrestored property that stands somewhere "between gentle neglect and downright dereliction." Inside peeling paint and abandoned rooms tell the story of a house in decline.

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There is also a second-hand bookshop, restaurant, and plenty of parking onsite.

Footpaths take you along the route, according to the National Trust website there are short uphill and downhill parts and some sections of road to be aware of.

The walk is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 on TripAdvisor. Please note, that accessibility may be challenging, as the walk contains uneven ground, steps and several gates.

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