Leaden Boot Challenge


7th Leaden Boot Challenge : Sunday 20 May 2018

Update – 10 August 2017

Entries for the 2018 challenge will be accepted from 1 October 2017. We shall expect to be fully booked by January 2018. Please note that, this year, entries will only be confirmed once payment has been received.

Entry forms will be available here at some point in September.

Click here for a List of finishers 2017

Click here for photos of the day 2017

Once again we had almost perfect weather for this year’s challenge. Of the 295 starters, the great majority were able to finish. Congratulations to them all.

Many many thanks to over 50 helpers without whom there would have been no 2017 challenge. We are very proud to say that this is truly a community event, and that many groups in the community will benefit from the funds raised. Thank you to all who contributed. We look forward to seeing you again next year.

All final instructions were sent out on 4 May. If you have not received them please check your spam and junk boxes. If you are sure you have not received them please phone Carrie on 01335310009.

Click to download the route instructions v 11 –  dated 25th April, 2017

Please take care: your safety is our priority but it is your responsibility.

Update – 20 May 2017

One day to go – the rocky road is made and the flapjacks are in the oven. We have been busy marking the route with black arrows and LB on yellow card and lots of yellow ribbon. It’s been showery today but we are told the rain should have stopped by tomorrow. Fortunately it is still pretty dry underfoot.

This year the Leaden Boot Challenge has become ever-so-slightly more challenging. Yesterday evening we found out that this year we shall have to share Dovedale with 200 White Peak Trail runners who will be running up from Ashbourne. As we cross Viator’s Bridge (SK139547) after the initial descent from Alstonefield, we may meet them coming up the valley from the right. Both groups will then go up the steep slope towards Baley Hill. We shall only share the route for a short distance because at the top of the first steep slope the WPT runners will turn left towards Shining Tor while we go ahead following black arrows and yellow ribbon towards Baley Hill.

The White Peak Trail folk have also marked their route with yellow signs but their arrows are pale blue so it should be easy to ignore them.

After Baley Hill we descend The Nabs to the River Dove (SK143536) and turn left to follow it downstream for about 500M before turning right across Ilam Rock Bridge (SK142531). On this Dovedale section we might meet WPT runners coming upstream. The path is quite wide here but we have agreed with WPT that both sets of walkers and runners should keep to their left to avoid any possible clashes.

We look forward to welcoming you to Alstonefield tomorrow morning and wish you all an enjoyable day.

Update – 18 May 2017

Three days to go and the whole village is buzzing with activity as we prepare for Sunday’s Leaden Boot Challenge.

Yesterday three ever-so-slighty-wrinkly ladies finished walking the whole route to check for any new hazards or footpath alterations. We reckon that if the route is ok for us then it should be fine for everyone else. We chose the wettest two days that Alstonefield has seen for quite a while. All the countryside looked greener than ever apart from where the flowers were in bloom – yellow gorse, white wild garlic and bluebells.

On Baley Hill it took all of us to rescue a sheep which had managed to get its head stuck in the wire netting. The view was wonderful but we had to take extra care coming down The Nabs to Dovedale because of the wet weather. Most of the Leaden Boot route, apart from the area around Sheen, is on limestone and limestone quickly becomes treacherously slippery when wet. This meant we also had to take our time over the stiles where not only the stone but the wood had become slippery. A tree had fallen down across our path so we had to send for a working party of guys with saws to clear the way.

Coffee and bacon butties at Ilam Tea Rooms revived us and we set off, dripping with rainwater, through Musden wood which rewarded us with a magnificent white carpet of wild garlic which smelt delicious. By Sunday there should be plenty of bluebells as well. Between us, we took several tumbles, fortunately nothing significant, but the award for dramatic achievement goes to Paul who was helping to clear a fallen tree in Musden Wood. It was very slippery here after the rain. He tripped and, to avoid landing on a rock, he dived headlong into a puddle.

The rest of the walk was happily uneventful. We had to be careful in several fields where there were cows with quite small calves – it’s important not to walk between a cow and its calf as the cow can become agitated. We arrived at Hartington checkpoint looking like a trio of drowned rats but were rewarded by the best coffee and scones of the trip.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Sunday. Remember – your safety is our priority but your responsibility – and please take extra care if it’s wet.


We are very sorry to say that Noel has died suddenly and unexpectedly. In accordance with the wishes of his family, the 2017 challenge will run as planned on 21 May.

We are fully booked for 2017 so no more entries will be accepted.  Final instructions will be sent out 4th May.

Refunds for those who have already booked but wish to cancel will be at the discretion of the Leaden Boot Committee.  There will be no refunds after 30th April 2017.

Please share this message as appropriate and watch this space for further information.

Please note the lower age limits presented in item 5 of the T&C’s.  These have been introduced to comply with LDWA, UKA and HSE guidelines .

If you have any questions/ comments please do not hesitate to contact Carrie Ross, Leaden Boot Secretary, at carrie@brianandcarrie.co.uk. 


So, what is the Leaden Boot Challenge?

Lead stolen from the church roof of St Peters, Alstonefield in 2010 prompted numerous fund raising activities within the Parish to raise £10,000 needed to re-lead the roof and to introduce a security system.  One of the many fund raising schemes was the development of a challenge event centred around the Parish.  A small team of local walkers sought to create an event that was both challenging and fun!

The result is the Leaden Boot Challenge, a 26.2 mile walk/run that entails 5800 feet of ascent, and descent, starting and finishing in the White Peak village of Alstonefield. Start at the Memorial Hall in the centre of Alstonefield at 09:00 and finish no later than 21:00 (12 hours maximum). Hot breakfast rolls are on sale at the start to help you on your way. There are six manned checkpoints (plus two unmanned checkpoints), spaced approx 4 mile apart. Each manned checkpoint has water, squash, snacks, first aid facilities and radio-communication, provided by RAYNET, between checkpoints and the Memorial Hall for additional support as required. Locally made pie and cakes are provided for all participants at the finish (included in entry fee). Certificates and cloth badges will also be given at the finish for those who successfully complete the challenge.  Although principally a challenge walk (following LDWA guidelines), the event is open both to walkers and to runners.  The shortest time to complete the LBC is 4 hours 22 minutes set by Damian Thacker in 2013.

Following the success of the various appeals to reach the initial goal of £10,000 by August 2010, the Leaden Boot Challenge has moved on and now supports local good causes.  To-date, the event has raised over £25,000 for a variety of local causes.

The elliptical route minimises the use of the more popular trails and other challenge routes around the Staffordshire Moorlands and Derbyshire Dales. Starting from Alstonefield, the route goes through Milldale, over Baley Hill, into Nabs Dale, across the Dove at Ilam Rock, climb to Aires Cottage, then descend Bunster Hill, past Ilam Hall, through Musden Woods and up to Slade House Farm, then past Throwley Hall, through Grindon, across the Manifold at Wetton Mill, over Ecton Hill, Hulme End, Sheen, around Sheen Hill, across the River Dove at Pilsbury, Hartington, Beresford Dale, Narrow Dale and back to Alstonefield.

Thank you all for your continued support.


Why not join the Vicar in the unique in the Old School garden

 “Bless My Sole!”

 just before you set off



If you require overnight accommodation, there are several B&B’s, youth hostels and camping barns in the area. Click on the Accommodation links to the right, under Visitors.


click here for Gallery of Photographs “a stroll around the route”


6th Leaden Boot Challenge : 22nd May 2016

Another wonderful event, with almost perfect weather.   Despite the mud and slippery conditions at some locations, all those that we spoke with thoroughly enjoyed the day from every aspect.  

Thank you all for joining us, and a huge THANK YOU to around 50 volunteers who make the so day special, RAYNET emergency communication team and the Salop Medical Support team.

This year, we gave almost £4,700 to local good causes: £1,320 to Alstonefield Village Hall, £1,800 to St Peters Church, £882 to Wetton Village Hall, £498 to Alstonefield Local History Group and £196.47 to Alstonefield Village Emergency Telephone System.

Please click here to view a list of times:  2016 LBC times

Thank you to our sponsors for their support of the 2016 Leadenboot Challenge:-

  • National Trust, Ilam
  • White Peak Farm Butchery, Tissington 
  • Hartdale Motors, Hartington
  • Slade House Farm, Carlton
  • Hartington Village Farm Shop and Tearooms
  • Marks & Spencer, Ashbourne
  • Failure Characterisation Consultancy, Milldale


2015 Leaden Boot Challenge:  An outstanding success!

This year the weather was kind, enabling more entrants to finish and most to better their previous years’ times. The fastest was Andrew Hunter in a time of 4 hrs 25mins. Nick Pope of Butterton was first local home in 5 hrs 3 mins, but special mention goes to Peter Linley of Astonefield, just 15, who finished in 5 hrs 8 mins, raising nearly £700 for Cancer Research. First local lady home was Charlie Mollatt, also of Butterton in 6 hrs 54 mins.

But it needed 50 villagers from Alstonefield and surrounding villages to help make it such a success. So, whoever you are, and whatever you did to help so many people do so well, the Leaden Boot Committee would like to extend a massive THANK YOU!   It is directly due to you and your help, that we received such positive feedback: “we were made to feel safe and valued,'” and “brilliant, friendly, well organised”. And as to the food: “outstanding pies and cakes”

Thanks also go to the farmers, land-owners and National Trust who helped ensure that it is indeed  “a great event with stunning scenery”. And we can all agree with one runner who commented “It seemed like all of Alstonefield and beyond had come together to make it a really special event. Please keep it going for the future.”

And the best news of all?   This year, we gave over £4,700, to Alstonefield Village Hall, St Peter’s Church, Wetton Village Hall, Alstonefield Cricket Club, Wetton & Alstonefield Community First Responders and Alstonefield & District Friendship Club. Cheques will be handed out by the Chair, Noel Peat at the Wakes Service.

With grateful thanks to our sponsors:




2015 Leaden Boot Challenge Results click here: 2015 LBC Results

Images from the 2015 Challenge can be viewed by clicking here

Please contact admin@leadenboot.org.uk  or Noel Peat  on 01335 31000 for further information.



E-mail for queries: admin@leadenboot.org.uk or telephone 01335 310000


 2014 Results List  CLICK HERE….. LBC 2014 result

To view the 2014 LBC picture gallery click on the image below

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Leaden Boot Challenge 2014

Leaden Boot Challenge 2013

Leaden Boot Challenge 2012

Leaden Boot Challenge 2011

“Bless My Sole”

Route Instructions

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