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Summer Walk - Part 2

Next walk of the summer this time we are heading to the village of Ticknall in the South of Derbyshire, a place that was noted in the Doomsday book and the village originated from Anglo-Saxon times.

The Route:

Starting from Ticknall car park by the village hall, we shall head south as we do so we shall pass a tunnel which was used for linking Brick and Lime tramways from Ticknall to Ashby de la Zouch from 1800 to 1849. After viewing the tunnel we shall wander into the grounds of Calke Abbey (originally a prior in the 12th century then in 1701 became a baroque mansion while the Harpurs owned the estate for over 300 years until 1985 when it was taken over by the National Trust. after seeing the Calke we will then head northerly into a neighbouring Nature Reserve and from here we will pass the deer enclosure as we continue North where we shall be able to see Staunton Harold Reservoir before we reach St Brides a grade II listed farmhouse. From St Brides we go west and then north into Robin Wood and Lady Acre Wood. Continuing north we head to village of Ingleby where we shall take lunch near to John Thomson Inn which has its own brewery next door.

After lunch we will head west through Ingleby and then alongside the River Trent passing Anchor Church and then to Windmill Hill, from Windmill Hill we will go south and then east onto the grounds of Foremarke Hall originally built in 1762 as a Georgian-Palladin stately home which from the WWII became a boarding school and is now Repton Preparatory School for boarders and day school students and has sporting rivalry with Trent College in Long Eaton, Nottinghamshire.

After passing Foremarke Hall we head south East to Heath Wood where the Danish-Barrow cemetery stands the only Viking cemetery in the British Isles, where 59 barrow burial chambers are set. Then as we continue along we will pass Hangman's Stone before reaching the church and ruins of Ticknall, now back in Ticknall we will walk down to 'The Staff of Life' Inn where I am sure a refreshing drink can be had before ending the walk back at the car park.

Route Option:

From Nottingham take the M1 to junction 24a and then take the A50 towards Uttoxeter, follow the A50 for 6 miles where you should take the turn off for Derby A6, at the roundabout take the first turning onto the A514 towards Swadlincote and Calke Abbey, keep on the A514 for 10.8 miles to the village of Ticknall, continue passing under a bridge and then when see the Wheel Inn pun turn right onto Ingleby Lane, follow for about 100 metres then after passing Rose Lane there will be a hedgerow on left and then the entrance to the car park.


• Ticknall

• Tramway Tunnel

• Calke Abbey

• Nature Reserve

• Beech and Hornbeam Deer Enclosure

• Staunton Harold Reservoir

• St Brides Farmhouse

• Robin and Lady Acre Wood

• John Thomson Inn and Brewery

• Ingleby

• Anchor Church

• Windmill Hill

• Foremarke Hall

• Danish-Barrow Cemetery

• Hangman's Stone

• Ticknall Church and Ruins

• The Staff of Life Inn

Route Elevation Chart:

Route Details:

Distance:  11.37 miles [masked] kilometres) 

Start:  10.15am 

Finish:  4pm (eta) 


126.97 feet (38.70 metres) at the lowest point

395.01 feet [masked] metres) at the highest point

Footpaths: 70% 

Tracks:  15% 

Roads:  15%

The Usual: 

As always make sure you are prepared for this walk. 

You will need: 

• Walking boots are always the ideal footwear of choice - even though its Spring it still can be wet underfoot, making it slippery so a good grip and ankle support is essential.

• Suitable clothes, Layers are good, (Jeans aren't recommended as if they get wet they become heavy) lightweight breathable trousers are better, walking trousers or sports wear.

• Waterproofs are essential any time of the year as you never know in the countryside and best to be prepared.

• Snacks, Sweets etc. 

• Adequate water or soft drinks

• Camera 

As it's now Summer the weather can change so you may need waterproofs but then again it could be warm and sunny too so don't forget your sunglasses too also useful to bring spare warm clothing such as an extra jumper/jersey and maybe a spare pair of socks.

Sense of humour is essential!!

Lunch - Plan is to have lunch just past half way by the village of Ingleby, there is a pub called John Thomson Inn and Brewery that is open for lunchtimes so we can get refreshments here but please bring a packed lunch as only intend to stop for lunch no more than 40 minutes, so please no ordering of food from the bar as wait times and consuming food may take much longer if they are busy. 

Please be self sufficient for the day in the way of food and drinks.


Arrive in plenty of time so we can promptly start at 10.15am 

(I do have a cut off time that we WILL start walking by so if you arrive late I cant guarantee we will be there still waiting)

When I plan the route beforehand I do calculate times and know some people do like to go out after the walks too, so by starting on time  we will finish on time and folk can get to other planned events too. so please respect others so we can start on time.



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  • Di

    Great walk! Andy on a hobby horse, up to our necks in nettles, scrambling around a church cave oh and some lovely scenery! Really enjoyed the day - thanks Andy for organising and for the entertainment lol! and thanks to old friends and new for your lovely company xx

    3 · July 12, 2014

  • Brigitte

    Lovely walk and hey we didn't get lost - lovely catching up with old members and meeting new ones.xxxxxxx

    4 · July 12, 2014

  • Lynda

    Thank you Andy for another good walk with plenty to see. A beautiful Summers day to make new friends.

    3 · July 12, 2014

  • susan

    Great weather, great company, not so great nettles!
    Thanks Andy.

    3 · July 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Apologies, not made it in the end, hopefully I'll have better luck next time, enjoy the walk

    July 12, 2014

  • Di

    Hi Jon
    Actually outside the Grosvenor Casino would be a good place (used to be Gala).
    Am aiming to get to Ticknall for about 10.00 so would meeting there at 9.00 be OK? It's only about 45 mins drive but just in case we hit any delays (as Andy says he won't wait ! Lol)
    I'll be in a white Honda Civic and will pull up in Park Row alongside the Casino
    See you tomorrow

    July 11, 2014

    • Andy S.

      No I wont lol

      July 11, 2014

    • Di

      Haha! Andy - aiming to be all 'present and correct' see you in the morning :)

      July 12, 2014

  • Andy S.

    Usual pre update:
    Weather forecast for tomorrow is: 25 Celsius, (76f) sunny in the morning then mostly cloudy in the afternoon, winds from SW 4-6 mph, only 10% chance of rain, (source: BBC weather, Met Office and AccuWeather)
    Any problems my mobile:[masked]
    See you in the morning - Andy

    2 · July 11, 2014

  • susan

    Looking forward to a sunny day of walking. Don't forget the suncream everyone!

    July 11, 2014

  • Jon M.

    Hi Di
    It would be great to get a lift from Maid Marian Way. Is Central college (People's as it was) a good pull-in place? What time do you plan to leave?

    July 11, 2014

  • Di

    I can give lifts from the city centre (Maid Marian Way area) if that helps anyone?

    July 11, 2014

  • Lynda

    Hi Andy
    I am hoping to go but I have to rearrange my plans first. I'm a bit disorganised this weekend!

    July 11, 2014

  • Jon M.

    This sounds good. It's a while since I was on a Sociables walk. Is anybody up for sharing lifts? I'm in the Meadows and can pick up (or preferably be picked up - my car's a bit bent at the moment) at the station.

    July 10, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi, I could pick up from Beeston station if that helps? Although if it's chucking it down in the morning I will rethink my decision to walk!

      July 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, would like to join you but haven't done that many miles for a while. Will there be some short cuts back to the start if I start to struggle after ~8miles? Thanks

    July 7, 2014

    • Andy S.

      it is possible to cut the route short, but if you want to take a shortened path I can point the way but I will continue the original route as planned

      July 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Andy sorry have to go to Birmingham to watch my son in National Championships .. thought it was Friday but apparently its Fri and Sat...

    July 7, 2014

    • Andy S.

      no worries see you on the next one

      July 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    My first walk with the group, as I attempt to get fitter!

    1 · July 7, 2014

  • susan

    I will be sufficiently rested by then!

    July 7, 2014

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