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The Short Walking Group

Leader:  John Howlett - ShortWalk@ashbyu3a.co.uk - phone 01530 461774


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Friday 18th October. Calke Abbey Explore

8 members met at Ticknall car park on a bright sunny, if not very warm, day. A good start considering the recent weather. Just for a change we set off through the other end of the CP straight into the school playground and then into the churchyard. Many of the group did not know this path existed. From the church we walked down to the main road and up Ashby Rd to a footpath on the left into the fields behind 'The Staff of Life' pub. Across three slightly muddy fields, but not too wet, (it had rained heavily the night before) and 3 small stiles led us to the usual track coming up from Ticknall. It was all gravel tracks from here on. Turning right, we headed for the gate which avoided the NT toll-booth and headed down to the new Calke Explore site. The area is nearly ready to open, but unfortunately the cafe was not due to open until the next day. However it looks like it will be an outdoor cafe as the building appears to have no indoor seating. But good news, the loos were open. After a stroll around the site, we headed along a duck-boarded path across a reeded pond and out onto the main driveway. Keeping to the verges to aviod the cars we made it up the hill to the toll-booth and back onto the gravel track down to Ticknall and the Scoff and Shop cafe. Although various Fitbits disagreed on the mileage, the satnav and Ordnance Survey said it was 2.6 miles

Photos by John Dogherty and a passing jogger


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