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6 Ettrick Donalds from Selcoth Fisheries

6 Ettrick Donalds from Selcoth Fisheries


Postby RTMcB » Mon Sep 15, 2014 9:20 pm

Grahams included on this walk: Capel Fell, Croft Head, Ettrick Pen

Donalds included on this walk: Bodesbeck Law, Capel Fell, Croft Head, Ettrick Pen, Loch Fell, Wind Fell

Date walked: 08/09/2014

Time taken: 6.5 hours

Distance: 25.2 km

Ascent: 1560m

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Thanks to this report http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=30803 and this one http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=39850 it seemed easy enough to do the six Donalds without having to spend ages driving through the borders! Just looked at the drive in if do the WH route - geez! As mentioned previously, space for at least 5 cars in a well marked spot for anglers and walkers.

ImageEttrick-1 by r.t.mcb, on Flickr
start here

ImageEttrick-1-2 by r.t.mcb, on Flickr
Pigs!

ImageEttrick-1-3 by r.t.mcb, on Flickr
Head into the light!

ImageEttrick-1-4 by r.t.mcb, on Flickr
Looking north toward the Hartfell Rigde Horseshoe.

ImageEttrick-1-5 by r.t.mcb, on Flickr
Craigmichen Scar - awesome

ImageEttrick-1-6 by r.t.mcb, on Flickr
Top of Croft Head

ImageEttrick-1-8 by r.t.mcb, on Flickr
Follow signposts East to get of Croft Head on big zigzag path

ImageEttrick-1-9 by r.t.mcb, on Flickr
Better view of scar

ImageEttrick-1-10 by r.t.mcb, on Flickr
helpful info

ImageEttrick-1-11 by r.t.mcb, on Flickr
Head up the hill when you reach the cairn

ImageEttrick-1-12 by r.t.mcb, on Flickr
Looking back to Croft head and the zigzag path

ImageEttrick-1-13 by r.t.mcb, on Flickr
Top of Loch Fell, could see some peaks in the Lake District from here.

ImageEttrick-1-14 by r.t.mcb, on Flickr
Nice roly-poly hills perfect for a solo walk in the sunshine 8)

ImageEttrick-1-15 by r.t.mcb, on Flickr
Back end of Capel Fell

ImageEttrick-1-16 by r.t.mcb, on Flickr
Cairn on Ettrick Pen. all the trees are gone from the OS maps

ImageEttrick-1-17 by r.t.mcb, on Flickr
Best shot of the local wildlife

ImageEttrick-1-18 by r.t.mcb, on Flickr
Directions - handy

ImageEttrick-1-19 by r.t.mcb, on Flickr
Remnants of Potburn

ImageEttrick-1-20 by r.t.mcb, on Flickr
cairn on Bodesbeck Law looking toward Andrewhinney Hill

ImageEttrick-1-21 by r.t.mcb, on Flickr
Capel Fell summit, handy post!

ImageEttrick-1-22 by r.t.mcb, on Flickr
There's an easy ford to get back to start.
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Re: 6 Ettrick Donalds from Selcoth Fisheries

Postby Silverhill » Tue Sep 16, 2014 9:41 pm

That is a lovely part of the Southern Uplands. Great pictures. 8) Well done for combining the 6.
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Re: 6 Ettrick Donalds from Selcoth Fisheries

Postby meangarry » Thu Sep 18, 2014 3:26 pm

In your local wildlife shot, what do you reckon, Eagle or big buzzard? I spend alot of time in the moffat and ettrick hills and although I know there to be the odd golden eagle about occasionally I've never spotted one myself.
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Re: 6 Ettrick Donalds from Selcoth Fisheries

Postby highlander99 » Thu Sep 18, 2014 8:20 pm

It s a Golden Eagle.. look at the wingspan compared to the body length and the "fingers" at end of the wings too ! : )
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Re: 6 Ettrick Donalds from Selcoth Fisheries

Postby gmr82 » Thu Sep 18, 2014 9:27 pm

Hi RTMcB - glad my report was of use :thumbup: . You had far better weather than I did, I can't deny I'm jealous!


meangarry wrote:In your local wildlife shot, what do you reckon, Eagle or big buzzard? I spend alot of time in the moffat and ettrick hills and although I know there to be the odd golden eagle about occasionally I've never spotted one myself.

Spotted one during a walk in the Lowthers, near Elvanfoot. A good year and a half ago though!
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Re: 6 Ettrick Donalds from Selcoth Fisheries

Postby RTMcB » Sat Sep 20, 2014 10:35 am

I was snapping away trying to get a vaguely decent and informative shot of the bird in question! I was aware of the possibility of a golden eagle being present in the area. So happy to have seen one! Loving the Donald's :clap:
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Re: 6 Ettrick Donalds from Selcoth Fisheries

Postby Gavsco » Sat Sep 20, 2014 10:00 pm

Cracking report! Great pics as well! Was down here a few days ago, but the weather was pretty poor, lots of low cloud, so we didn't have the views that you had, we'll head back tho, and might try your route, taking in Croft Head and Loch Fell as well. I'm interested in birds, so can you tell me where the bird of prey pic was taken, was it in The Borders or in Dumfries & Galloway, above which hill? Needless to say we saw nothing like that on our walk!
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Re: 6 Ettrick Donalds from Selcoth Fisheries

Postby RTMcB » Sun Sep 21, 2014 7:20 pm

Gavsco wrote:Cracking report! Great pics as well! Was down here a few days ago, but the weather was pretty poor, lots of low cloud, so we didn't have the views that you had, we'll head back tho, and might try your route, taking in Croft Head and Loch Fell as well. I'm interested in birds, so can you tell me where the bird of prey pic was taken, was it in The Borders or in Dumfries & Galloway, above which hill? Needless to say we saw nothing like that on our walk!


I was stood here NT183081! I was coming down from Ettrick Pen, just before you get to the ruin at Over Phawhope where I spotted it circling. If you think one golden eagle is awesome, I found a much better location to be guaranteed at least 1 sighting if not 5!
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