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6 Ettrick Donalds from Selcoth Fisheries
by 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: 1560m3 people think this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
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.
Ettrick-1 by r.t.mcb, on Flickr
Ettrick-1-2 by r.t.mcb, on Flickr
Ettrick-1-3 by r.t.mcb, on Flickr
Head into the light!
Ettrick-1-4 by r.t.mcb, on Flickr
Looking north toward the Hartfell Rigde Horseshoe.
Ettrick-1-5 by r.t.mcb, on Flickr
Craigmichen Scar - awesome
Ettrick-1-6 by r.t.mcb, on Flickr
Top of Croft Head
Ettrick-1-8 by r.t.mcb, on Flickr
Follow signposts East to get of Croft Head on big zigzag path
Ettrick-1-9 by r.t.mcb, on Flickr
Better view of scar
Ettrick-1-10 by r.t.mcb, on Flickr
Ettrick-1-11 by r.t.mcb, on Flickr
Head up the hill when you reach the cairn
Ettrick-1-12 by r.t.mcb, on Flickr
Looking back to Croft head and the zigzag path
Ettrick-1-13 by r.t.mcb, on Flickr
Top of Loch Fell, could see some peaks in the Lake District from here.
Ettrick-1-14 by r.t.mcb, on Flickr
Nice roly-poly hills perfect for a solo walk in the sunshine
Ettrick-1-15 by r.t.mcb, on Flickr
Back end of Capel Fell
Ettrick-1-16 by r.t.mcb, on Flickr
Cairn on Ettrick Pen. all the trees are gone from the OS maps
Ettrick-1-17 by r.t.mcb, on Flickr
Best shot of the local wildlife
Ettrick-1-18 by r.t.mcb, on Flickr
Directions - handy
Ettrick-1-19 by r.t.mcb, on Flickr
Remnants of Potburn
Ettrick-1-20 by r.t.mcb, on Flickr
cairn on Bodesbeck Law looking toward Andrewhinney Hill
Ettrick-1-21 by r.t.mcb, on Flickr
Capel Fell summit, handy post!
Ettrick-1-22 by r.t.mcb, on Flickr
There's an easy ford to get back to start.
by Silverhill » Tue Sep 16, 2014 9:41 pm
by meangarry » Thu Sep 18, 2014 3:26 pm
by highlander99 » Thu Sep 18, 2014 8:20 pm
by gmr82 » Thu Sep 18, 2014 9:27 pm
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!
by RTMcB » Sat Sep 20, 2014 10:35 am
by Gavsco » Sat Sep 20, 2014 10:00 pm
by 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!