Melbourne Walk, the 5 mile relatively flat walk that will take just over 2 hours 45 minutes, sometimes can be muddy in places. It includes the sights of the church of St Michael with St Mary, Thomas Cook Memorial Cottages, Melbourne Hall and Pool and the village of Breedon-on-the-Hill. Starts at Melbourne’s medieval market place and it is free of entry. This walk is on the B587 just off the A514 Derby to Swadlincote Road.
With its broad sweeps of lawn, avenues and unexpected vistas, it is one of the best known historic gardens in the country and the best surviving early 18th century English garden in the manner of Le Notre. That said, you don’t have to be a historian or horticulturalist to enjoy the beauty of Melbourne Hall Gardens.
Staunton Harold Reservoir
Staunton Harold Reservoir, 210-acre reservoir built in 1964. Visitors can bird watch, dinghy and sailboarding with the Staunton Harold Sailing Club. This place has a walk linked to Calke Abbey. There is a visitor centre and wildflower meadow. The car park is pay and display and can be found at the end of Calke Road close to the reservoir in Melbourne.