Off the Derbyshire Beaten Track gives people a unique insight into the history of the area. Try one of our road tours, talks or trips if you want to learn more about how the past has shaped this wonderful part of England.

A knowledgeable guide

All of the events we host are led by local historian Frances Wilkins. Her family were historians so her knowledge of Derbyshire is extensive. On top of this Frances has spent years as a walking scholar across the UK. That means you can expect a really great event and lots of information. Frances' individual input will also add even more to the history.

A choice of tours and trips

There are several different local tours and trips to choose from. Each one is great for visitors to the region as well as locals who want to find out more about the history of where they live.

The 40 Mile Tour

This road tour begins in Ashbourne and will head east before moving north. During the trip you will explore a number of different themes and subplots.

Derbyshire and the Slave Trade

This road tour explores the relationship between the local region and the slave trade. It looks at how cloths travelled from the region to Africa and were then involved in bartering for slaves with plantation owners.

The Lead Mines Great and Small

The third tour takes a closer look at mining in Derbyshire. Larger groups can also arrange to visit underground mine workings.


In addition to the tours Frances offers a wide array of different illustrated talks. Several of them expand on the topics from the tours above. Others involve trips to specific venues that are open to the public. This includes the rose garden at Hopton Hall, Kedleston Hall, and Tissington Hall. There are also talks for literature lovers. They look at four different authors; Edith Maude Hull, George Eliot, D H Lawrence & Daniel Defoe.

Find out more

If you want to learn more about the history of the area, a tour, trip or talk with Frances and Off the Derbyshire Beaten Track could be exactly what you need. You'll get personal insights and have a really great time.

Find out more today - call 01335 345 239 or email frances@franscript.co.uk. You can also visit our main website for lots more info.