Leaden Boot 2022

Leaden Boot Challenge 22nd May 2022


The FINALISED route for 2022 is now confirmed and instructions can be downloaded here (please note they are the revised version 20 – the only amendment to v19 is a change in Section 1)


The final instructions for participants are available here (please note these are the revised version 8 – the only change to the amended instructions relates to Check Point 1)



There are a limited number of places available due to some withdrawals of applicants. Please apply using the forms below. Your payment will be refunded if we are unable to offer you a place.

Group entry form https://www.alstonefield.org/wp-content/uploads/2022-Leaden-Boot-group-entry-form.docx

Single entry form https://www.alstonefield.org/wp-content/uploads/2022-Leaden-Boot-single-entry-form.docx

Any queries please email admin@leadenboot.org.uk 


The Challenge raises funds and makes grants to support local causes and projects with over £25000 being donated over the last 12 years to our local communities.

Applications for grant request are now open. Please contact admin@leadenboot.org.uk  to request an application form

We need your help – VOLUNTEERS WANTED

The Leaden Boot route goes through the villages of Alstonefield, Milldale, Ilam, Carlton, Grindon, Wetton, Ecton, Hulme End, Sheen,  and Hartington

The Challenge raises funds and makes grants to support local causes and projects with over £25000 being donated over the last 12 years to our local communities.

We are seeking volunteers to help with

  • Manning checkpoints
  • Providing lifts from checkpoints
  • Registration and administrative support
  • Making cakes
  • Catering and kitchen support

Times can be flexible dependant on the role between 7am and 9 pm on the day.

It is great fun and helps the community, plus a hot meal is given to all volunteers.   Please get involved and help with this event. Apply to melanieleadenboot@gmail.com ASAP

You can join our Facebook group  Leaden Boot Challenge or follow our updates on this website page .


Any queries please email admin@leadenboot.org.uk 


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

Accommodation: – 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.


So, why 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.

Leaden Boot Website Links



Leaden Boot 2021 – Postponed due to COVID

Leaden Boot 2020  – Postponed due to COVID

Leaden Boot 2019

See report https://www.alstonefield.org/wp-content/uploads/Leaden-Boot-report-2019.docx

Click here for a list of 2019 finishers

Leaden Boot  2018

Click here for a list of 2018Finishers

Leaden Boot  2017

Click here for a List of finishers 2017

Click here for photos of the day 2017

Leaden Boot 2016

See report https://www.alstonefield.org/wp-content/uploads/Leaden-Boot-report-2016.docx

2016 LBC times

Leaden Boot 2015

See report https://www.alstonefield.org/wp-content/uploads/Leaden-Boot-report-2015.docx

Click here: 2015 LBC Results

Images from the 2015 Challenge can be viewed by clicking here

Leaden Boot 2014

2014 Results List  CLICK HERE….. LBC 2014 result

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

Click the image to view the gallery

Leaden Boot Challenge 2013

Leaden Boot Challenge 2012

Leaden Boot Challenge 2011

“Bless My Sole” 2011