Parklands & woodlands walk

This rural 5.4 mile walk around Melbourne takes in stunning views, historic houses, and ancient woodlands.

Along the way, you will visit the tranquil waters of Staunton Harold Reservoir, where you will see a myriad of waterfowl including swans, ducks, geese, and great crested grebe, before reaching the beautiful parkland of Calke Abbey famed for its historic 'unstately home' and herd of fallow and red deer. From there, you will pass through the Ticknall Limeyards, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), before you reach the broadleaf Robin Wood, which in spring puts on a spectacular display of bluebells that fill the forest floor. 



  • Car Parking
  • Cycle Trails
  • Picnic Area
  • Restaurant Cafe
  • Riding
  • Toilets
  • Viewpoint
  • Walking Trails

Location Map

Staunton Harold Visitor Centre Woodhouses, Melbourne Derby DE73 8DN Derbyshire


Start at: Staunton Harold Reservoir
car park (charges apply)
Address: Calke Road, Melbourne,
Derbyshire, DE73 8DL
OS Grid Ref: SK376244
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Walk type Medium Walks

Points of Interest

Staunton Harold Reservoir

Constructed in 1964 and owned and managed by Severn Trent, this popular recreational spot is a haven for wildlife.
The site, which also includes the Spring Wood and Dimminsdale nature reserves, is carefully managed to help support a
rich variety of flora and fauna.

Calke Abbey

Built for the Harpur family in 1703, Calke Abbey (the Unstately Home) has remained virtually unaltered since the death of the last baronet, Sir Vauncey Harpur Crewe in 1924. Owned and managed by the National Trust it is set in beautiful parkland, much of which is a National Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest. The park is famed for its herd of Red and Fallow Deer which can be seen roaming around the parkland 

Robin Wood

This complex of woodlands, owned and managed by Forestry England, are gradually being transitioned to
traditional broadleaf woodland with stands of beech. There is a spectacular display of bluebells here in early spring.