SILVA Northern Traverse

6 April 2024
St Bees, uk
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300 KM
5 days
300 Runners
Alternate Distances: 
100 KM
   
80 KM
   
55 KM
Difficulty:    Advanced
ENTRY FEE:    79 gbp

FOUR ICONIC TRAVERSES

The SILVA Northern Traverse™ – 300km

The SILVA Northern Traverse™ is a 300km ultra following Wainwright’s coast to coast route from St Bees to Robin Hood’s Bay. The event has a strong adventurous ethos and culture of self-sufficiency.

Beginning at St Bees on the west coast, the route crosses the north of England through three National Parks finishing in Robin Hood’s Bay on the east coast. Taking in iconic mountains, valleys, moors and ~6,500m of ascent, the SILVA Northern Traverse™ is one of the most spectacular journeys in the UK.

We want to make this the best ultra you have ever done! We can’t take credit for the route, this is down to Alfred Wainwright – but he got it right, which is why it is Britain’s most popular long distance path.

The SILVA Lakes Traverse – 100km

The SILVA Lakes Traverse™ is a 100km ultra following Wainwright’s coast to coast route through the Lake District fells. The event has an adventurous ethos and culture of self-sufficiency.

This ultra crosses the entire width of the Lake District National Park and starts alongside the SILVA Northern Traverse™ in St. Bees on the west coast. The route traverses Ennerdale, Borrowdale, over Grasmere Common, past Grisedale Tarn, through Patterdale, over Kidsty Pike and along Haweswater to finish at Shap. This is a challenging yet beautiful ultra, and a great stepping stone for those aspiring to enter the SILVA Northern Traverse™.

The SILVA Moors Traverse – 80km

The SILVA Moors Traverse™ is an 80km ultra following Wainwright’s coast to coast route from Ingleby Cross to Robin Hood’s Bay. 

Following the same route as SILVA Northern Traverse™, the Moors Traverse™ starts from Ingleby Cross, following the spectacular northern edge of the North York Moors National Park, before weaving through eastern Yorkshire to a stunning finish at Robin Hood’s Bay. This is an achievable and beautiful ultra and a great stepping stone for those aspiring to enter the more challenging SILVA Lakes Traverse™.

2024 is the first edition of SILVA Moors Traverse™ and the event piggybacks the logistics of its big brother, the SILVA Northern Traverse™. As such there are large distances between Support Points and participants at this first edition should very much see themselves as test pilots!

The SILVA Dales Traverse – 55km

The SILVA Dales Traverse™ is a 55km ultra following Wainwright’s coast to coast route from Kirby Stephen to Richmond. 

Following the same route as SILVA Northern Traverse™, the Dales Traverse™ starts from Kirkby Stephen, passes through the North Pennines Area of Outstanding National Beauty, over the iconic Nine Standards, and into the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park weaving through Swaledale to a stunning finish below Richmond Castle. This is an achievable and beautiful ultra and a great stepping stone for those aspiring to enter the SILVA Moors Traverse™ or SILVA Lakes Traverse™.

2024 is the first edition of SILVA Dales Traverse™ and the event piggybacks the logistics of its big brother, the SILVA Northern Traverse™. As such there are large distances between Support Points and participants at this first edition should very much see themselves as test pilots! 

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