40 Miles Trails

Why was a 19 arch viaduct built over the Ecclesbourne Valley railway in 1865 and blown up in 1933? What is the connection between the film star Rudolph Valentino and Hazelwood? When did mice delay a major explosion? What is the link between Oscar Wilde and Hopton Wood stone? 

These questions, and many others, will be answered on the guided tour.

The area covered is to the east of Ashbourne, stretching from Brassington in the north, Hazelwood in the east and Keldeston at the south.

We will show you:

  • the story of a river and a railway
  • the sites of two Romano-British settlements, a Roman pottery, a medieval field pattern, an 18th century guide post & cave dwelling & a 19th century folly
  • churches with Norman features
  • local links with four well-known authors
  • former limestone quarries
  • panoramic views of the region

There is a break for light refreshments at the National Stone Centre, Wirksworth. A walk round the site is included, if required.

This tour takes approx. 3 hours.

On returning to Ashbourne, you will be given a booklet with details of what was seen on the road tour.

Several of the talks describe sections of this tour.

Price: £20 per person, including light refreshments.

Transport can be provided at an extra cost. This varies according to the number of people on the tour: one person – £60.00; two people – £30.00 each; three or four people – £20.00 each; five or six people – £15.00 each and seven people – £12.00 each.


Talk to us about customising the road tour to suit you. Customised tours, taking a full or a half day are individually priced. Besides there is also a personalised booklet at the end of a customised tour.