Day Trip to the Ettrick Hills
on Sunday 2 February 2020

The route just spans the join of two maps .. LandRanger 78 Nithsdale & Annandale area
and 79 Hawick & Eskdale area, but you can download and print a useful map section below ....

Please note that in February the hills may be under winter conditions requiring iceaxe and crampons, and the knowledge of how to use them, to ensure your safety and your enjoyment of this route.

Arrangements to car share shall be made in advance of this trip so please be sure to let the Organiser know if you intend to come along and whether you are willing to drive.

Leaving the Glasgow area around 8.00am it will take about 1 hour to drive to Moffat where there will be the option to grab a coffee before heading into the hills.

Depending on numbers we may need to leave some cars in Moffat before heading along the A708 for about 8.5km to the farm and fishery at Selcoth (GR: NT 137 079) where we shall start our walk.

The proposed route will head up the farm/forestry track ascending the west ridge of Capel Fell to its summit (678m). The route continues over Smidhope Hill to White Shank (6.5km, 640m ascent). Depending on weather conditions, we can either return directly by the outward route to the cars or descend the south east ridge of Capel Fell to Ettrick Head and ascend Croft Head before following the track alongside the Selcoth Burn back to the start point.

A spot for refreshments has not yet been selected but I am sure that there will be a tea-room or pub in Moffat willing to welcome us.

Distance 13 km   (15.5km via Croft Head)
Total ascent 790m    (1050m via Croft Head)
Likely time 4-4.5 hours (5 - 5.5 hours via Croft Head)

Download a map of the area?

What next?

If you would like to come along on this day walk, phone me or e-mail me by Friday 31 January, and I'll organise the cars and any lifts. Please indicate whether you'd be willing to drive.

James Anderson, Ettricks Organiser

m:  07454 969694

e:  jas.anderson@ntlworld.com

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