Welcome to the 43rd Winter Tanners

Sunday 16th January 2022


Marshals Walk 8th January 2022


We plan to resume running a 'normal' WT with up to 500 entries and 20 + 30

mile routes.  This will be subject to the regulatory requirements at that time

so that all arrangements/details below are subject to confirmation 

Entries should open on 1st October 2021, any event updates will be posted on this page

Event Details

The Winter Tanners is a challenge walk (or run) of circa 30 miles (or 20 miles) on Surrey footpaths and bridleways with MINIMAL support in weather conditions which may be adverse. Only strong and self-reliant walkers and runners should enter. The event normally takes place on the third Sunday in January and, being a winter event, can be subject to the vagaries of winter weather. It does not follow a marked route. It is a cross country event in which you need to follow a detailed route description and you might well need map-reading skills if you go off route.


Registration will open at 0700.  The start will be 0730 to 0930 but fast walkers must start after 0800 and runners after 0830. All to finish by 1900

Location and Parking

This years event will again use our venue close to Leatherhead town centre (TQ160564, KT22 7BA), with car-parking for the start/finish. 


Footwear & clothing suitable for a winter cross country event. Appropriate maps, a mobile phone and a compass & torch if likely to finish after 1630.  The full requirements appear in the conditions of entry.


New each year the route is devised by John Westcott and Mary Dee. 

Route descriptions and GPX files* will be available for download a few days before the event. 

Please ensure that you print off a copy of the route description before coming to the event as copies will not be available at the start.

*GPX files are provided as support only. The definitive descriptor of the routes remains the written Route Description.


There will be 2 checkpoints on the 20 mile route & 3 on the 30 mile route.   Please bring your own mug.

Note that if you arrive at a checkpoint before its scheduled opening time you will need to wait.

Results & Certificates

Certificates will be awarded to all who complete their chosen distance passing through all relevant checkpoints and number checks and finish in the allotted time. Once the event is finished results will appear on the LDWA's Public Results


Entry is on-line only (postal/SEF entries are not accepted) and opens on October 1st with an event limit of 500. Positively no entries on the day. Entry fee for LDWA members (Individual and Family only) is £10 and for non-members £28*.  Our events are open to entrants aged 18 or over.  Parents/guardians of those below this age are requested to contact the organiser to discuss their entry.  Under 18s MUST be accompanied by an adult during the event.

From Oct 1st you can return to this page to make your entry.

You are reminded of the 'no substitutions' condition; if your name does not appear on the entry list then you are not eligible to take part. You cannot transfer your entry to someone else

*Why not join the LDWA (£15 for a year) and enter this and all LDWA events at member rates. As a member you will also receive a copy of our Strider publication plus many other benefits.

The on-line entry system will also give the opportunity to make a voluntary charitable donation to the National Trust, much of whose property is used for the event.

Conditions of Entry

By entering the event you agree to the conditions of entry. Please do read these conditions carefully (they includes safety information), don’t just tick the box when you enter, We want to ensure that we minimise the risks on this tough winter event and all walkers and runners must be aware of their responsibilities as entrants and the requirements that may be checked before they are allowed to start the event. 

Entrants data will be stored on a computer (in accordance with LDWA national data protection guidelines) and used solely for the purposes of LDWA and this event and will not be shared with anyone else.  By default entrant names will be published on the results pages unless, in making your entry, you ask for your identity to be withheld.

Dogs are welcome on this event but entrants must, in accord with LDWA national guidelines, provide details of their third party insurance cover and register their dog at the start (see conditions of entry). 


The Winter Tanners is organised by Richard Ireson on behalf of the Surrey Group.

*Marshals & Marshals Walk

We can only run this event if we have sufficient marshals volunteering to help.  If you (or your partners/friends) would like to marshal please contact Richard (above).  It would be much appreciated by our entrants.  Marshalling does not mean you have to miss out on the event; there will be a marshals’ walks of the 20 mile and 30 mile routes on 8th January, marshals entering will be complete the 43rd WT and get certificate.  The Marshals Walk is only for those helping with the event.