Robs turn to drive and we set off walking from the car park at 06:50 and had a small diversion first where we think there was a quarry then back to the main drive leading up to the Abbey. We found a style and this lead us to the first tunnel where the tramway went. After finding the tramway it was a case of just following the track.
Near the entrance to Calke Abbey is Tramway Bridge, which is now a Grade II listed structure. There is also a tramway tunnel, almost 140 yards in length, under the drive to Calke Abbey. The National Trust restored it in the 1990s and it can be traversed on foot. It was built in 1802 by the Derbyshire engineer Benjamin Outram to carry the former Ticknall Tramway and subsequently connect the brickyards and limeyards around the village to the Ashby canal at Willesley Basin. It was too costly to build the expensive locks that would have been required to bring the canal to Ticknall, so the tramway was constructed as a cheaper alternative. Although abandoned in 1915, the tramway can still be traced intermittently along its route, which passed through the estate of Calke Abbey where two tunnels were needed.
|Route along the Tramway|
|Rob in the tunnel under one of the light wells|
|Rob & Ike|
|Like the old beams on this gable end|
|English Long Horn, looks ready for milking|
|Breakfast, i'm sure they pull these faces on purpose|
|Geoff & Ike|
|Geoff airing his feet|