Tramway Walk and Tea Shop in Ticknall, Derbyshire
It was raining quite hard when we got up this morning and we nearly did not go out for a walk, which would have been the old pattern. However, I had decided yesterday that I wanted to do this particular walk, so I was determined we were going to do it, rain or shine.
The nice man in the Tea Shop at Calke Abbey yesterday told me about the Tram Trail, which runs through the wider Calke Abbey Estate and forms a circular route of just under 6 miles.
Prior to going, we had checked out the Tea Shops in the area and decided to drive to park in Ticknall and start our walk from there.
We walked down through the Calke Estate, crossed near the lakes, which we had passed from the other direction yesterday and picked up the actual tram track near the road at the bottom.
The paths were very good all the way around. Most of them were quite firm and were easy for walking. Although they were wet from the rain, they were still very easy to navigate.
There are a lot of walks in this area and many of them crossed the route we were on. I was glad we were not crossing any fields today and very glad we were not going this way!
The tram route has all now been covered over, although the tracks are apparently mostly preserved underneath. We passed a bench, which showed what the train tracks would have looked like.
There were also a couple of quite lengthy tunnels that the tramway passed through. These were constructed so as to be concealed from the farm land and Calke Abbey house.
It was a horse-drawn tram, where the carriage ran on the rails. It originally went from the quarries in Ticknall to Ashby and tan from 1799 to 1913.
We noticed that, once again, our walking speed increased considerably as we got to about four miles and we were getting closer to Tea and Cake.
We went into the Ticknall General Stores and Tea Room on the Main Street. The two-for-one 3 tier afternoon tea was not available, which is probably just as well!
We ordered a pot of tea for two, which came in a gorgeous bone china tea pot. I have found that tea really does taste better out of bone china tea cups. It seems to stay hotter for longer than out of ordinary tea cups.
We had a ham salad bread roll each and then tackled our cakes. These were homemade cakes. I had a slice of Victoria Sponge Cake and Greg had some Chocolate Cake. They did have Bakewell Slices in little packets but these had been made elsewhere. My preference is for cakes that have been freshly made on the premises.
Both cakes were really light and delicious. I like this cafe because the cakes were accompanied by a large pot of clotted cream each. I love Clotted Cream! The lady said we could have had more cream is we had wanted to! Cake ratings were a high 7/10, maybe even touching an 8/10.
I left the cafe feeling very full and we had spent less than if we had ordered the full afternoon tea!
It is a lovely little place with only four tables, seating about 20 people in total and is part of the Village Shop. That Tea Rooms is high on my list to visit again.
Amanda and Greg