Dava Way 50k

Grantown-on-Spey, United Kingdom
09 Nov, 2024 (Sat)

Trail running

50 km

About the event

Runner's World have referenced the Dava Way 50k as open of the best ultras to do in the UK! The Dava Way is the perfect race to transition from marathons to ultras, or if you are a seasoned ultrarunner looking for a quick 50km.

This trail links the historic towns of Grantown-on-Spey and Forres, with a "fun" finish to show you the RD's favourite running spots as a child to make the 50km distance! The route predominantly follows the old Highland Railway line, which means an off road yet runnable trail.

The flat line goes up to the Dava Summit (1050ft) - which will keep things interesting! - before descending down to sea level. With a mix of woodland, moorland and farm track, the Dava way is one of Scotland's hidden treasures!

Highlights include:

The Divie viaduct, the trail's icon, saved from demolition by Lord Laing
Huntly's Cove, a gorge where the 2nd Marquis of Huntly holed up in 1645
Dava summit at 321 m/1052 ft, with a replica of the original sign
The Breathing Place at DunphaiI, a place to stop, picnic and enjoy nature, near the viaduct
The Halfway Hut, restored as a shelter and picnic point (with solar panels)
Two wood sculptures: a dragoon near the summit and a collie dog which used to convey messages

Races offered by this event

You have 36 weeks to prepare

Dava Way 50k

09 Nov, 2024 (Sat)
Trail running
50 km
1000 ft of elevation gain
Starting in Grantown-on-Spey, the route will take you around the Anagach Woods, through the town then on to the Dava Way, which stretches over 38 kilometres from the Cairngorms National Park to a little tour of the RD's home town in Forres to total the 50km route. Mostly following the line of the old Highland Railway Line, it provides traffic-free runnable trails, and has diverse scenery from the Spey at Grantown, through the bleak and empty moorlands around Dava and on into a long descent through the more fertile and pastoral landscapes of Moray around Forres.
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