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Name:Ettrick Pen
Hill number:1865
Height:692m / 2270ft
RHB Section:28B: The River Tweed to the English Border
Donald area:Ettrick Hills
County/UA:Scottish Borders (UA), Dumfries and Galloway (UA)
Catchment:Catchment Boundaries, Esk (Gretna), Tweed
Watershed:Tweedmouth, Ardnamurchan Point to Lowestoft, Cardiff to Cape Wrath, Dover to Cape Wrath, Lowestoft to Duncansby Head, Land's End to John o' Groats, Solway Firth, The Lizard to Dunnet Head
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Graham, Donald,
Grid ref:NT 19991 07634
Summit feature:large cairn
Col:334m  NT202161  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 79
(1:25k) 330
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 263 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
With Ikuko a long day over three Marilyns. Good clear weather for my No 600!!GWR Chris21/05/2019
Pleasant stroll from Potburn past bothy.willyross15/05/2019
17:30, very warm, hazy, from end of road near Potburn. Constant roar of jets. On to Dob's Craig.Wycombe Wanderer19/04/2019
Parked at Potburn then walked hill via Over Phawhope bothy, glorious weather for February.alanm927/02/2019
Long walk in from road end at NT 189092 > Potburn > Over Phawhope Bothy > then via 1915 0760 before turning north east to climb. Quad track found and path leading to the summit. Operated ham radio for SOTA on short wave from summit as GM4OBK/P.G4OBK (Phil)03/01/2019
CK SheilaS30/12/2018
Started at fish farm, and reached Ettrick Pen via Croft Head, Wind Fell and Hopetoun Craig. Dropped down the west ridge to the bothy. Lots of forestry work in area including felling and new planting. After bothy took SU path back to Ettrick Head, then up grassy slopes to Capel Fell. Did not linger due to gale blowing so continued WNW back to start using forestry roads and picking up Sailfoot Law on the way, albeit with a small diversion. Very enjoyable.trimarc225/09/2018
From Capel Fell via Ettrick Head, Wind Fell and Hopetoun Crag as round of 3 Grahams. Windy and chilly so kept on the move. Return to Ettrick Head and back to bridge via SUW. Cracking day.MichaelF25/09/2018
Parked at end of road, on to bothy, track up hill and it goes up beyond to about 540m. Overcast but warm and breezyiangalbraith05/08/2018
Parked at end of public road at 189093 - Along forest tracks to the 5 Star Over Phawhope bothy & then up to end of forest track which goes up through gap in forest - Picked up good path/track on to W. spur & up to summit cairn. Continued to Hopetoun Craig, Wind Fell, Loch Fell, West Knowe, Capel Fell, Smidhope Hill & White Shank. (S)gerrybowes21/07/2018
From end of public road Ettrick valley. Followed Southern Uplands Way to Over Phawhope then track up Ettrick Pen over Wind Fell a Donald. Not easy to work out which bump is which hill. Down to Ettrick Head along fairly boggy SUW to excellent zig zag path up Croft Head. Back almost to Ettrick Head & followed fence to Capel Fell summit. 7 hours 35 in snow.rogreeves06/04/2018
Fourth of the day. Long descent to the Bothy.Play2End06/10/2017
Parking area at end of road just before Potburn. Over the bridge by Over Phawthorpe Bothy and followed path up to summit. With Eire, Evan, Sail, Danu, Coel & Alfie.Dangerous Dave29/07/2017
Round of four Marilyns from Ettrick Water road head. Straight up from the low point of the road just past the parking as the forestry has been felled. Minor difficulty crossing Ettrick Water.Owen B14/04/2017
Weather fair.MountainMac02/04/2017
Who can resist bagging 3 Grahams in a day? From the Ettrick valley road end, over Ettrick Pen, Croft Head and Capel Fell, with numerous intervening tops. Very easy and fast walking on good paths, except for the steep descent from West Knowe. Great views of the Moffat hills throughout.Gill02/12/2016
Alone, round of Ettrick.Grinner11/09/2016
13 mile circular from end of Ettrick Valley road, past Bothy followed signs to Ettrick Pen, up long ascent to top of Ettrick Pen (One of the best views in the area), along ridge West to Hopetoun Craig and boggy topped Wind Fell, changed direction heading for Loch Fell then West Knowe, then very steep descent down to foot of Croft Head, up and down great zigzag path to Croft Head top, then up Southern Uplands way to col, up to Capel Fell, then followed ridge over Smidhope Hill and White Shank, decided to leave Bodesbeck Law for another time, followed tracks back to end of road in Valley, Perfect Weather, terrain very good makes for comfy walking, saw one person all day.DanTrig15/05/2016
Ettrick Pen Horseshoe. Plenty of forestry work going on. Good views from summit. Company: Soloiandesbottes25/03/2016
Leading KHWC walk from Potburn, past Over Phawhope and rising traverse up snow to summit of EP; continued to Hopetoun Craig and Wind Fell. V cold N wind but sunshine esp. in sheltered lunch spot just below ridge. First ascent was with J and MB on three Grahams day, 25/07/2009; EP being the second of that walk.jacobus05/03/2016
Stayed in the boffy really pleasantGlenford01/11/2015
Hopetoun Craig, Ettrick Pen, Dob's Craig and Phawhope Kips from end of metalled road at Potburn. Showery day, improving later - very wet underfoot. Little in the way of paths other than occasional quad bike tracks.Crib Goch29/08/2015
Moffat-Oakrigg-Yadburgh Hill-Scaw'd Fell-Ewelairs Hill-Loch Fell-West Knowe-Wind Fell-Hopetoun Craig-Ettrick Pen-Over Phawhopecampagvelocet11/08/2015
From Nether Phawhope via Phawhope Kips, then back over again after Dob's Craig. Weather appalling.agentmancuso09/08/2015
A round of 5 Donalds from Selcoth. With Gavin.MorecambeMonkey15/11/2014
6 Donalds from Ettrick Headnickywood109/11/2014
Over Wind Hill to the third Marilyn of the day after Capel Fell and Croft Head. Pleasant, especially after Wind Hill. The W ridge down Ettrick Pen had a worn path to Potburn. Just before Potburn there's a bothy that would be handy for some big >1 day walks but it was very busy with forestry and excavation in Sep 2014. Got back to the car within 5 mins of my brother, who did Andrewhinney Hill instead today.pwheeler21/09/2014
From Ettrick Water road end via Over Phawhope. A faint path continues from near the track end up the west ridge.Topographer5711/07/2014
With Andy from road end. On Backpack of the horseshoe.mick27/06/2014
Full round of 15 tops from Phawhope Bothy - Ettrick Pen to Herman Law including diversions to all Donald tops etc. Miserable weather.dickscroop05/04/2014
round of 2 grahams and 4 new donalds from the fish farm deep snow.robertphillips20/12/2013
clockwise circuit of Ettrick Pen hills tumps humps n tops plus Croft head and Capel Fellvegibagger30/07/2013
quiet clear winter dayoatcake13/01/2013
With Croft Head. DC and DBMartin6601/12/2012
During a long weekend in Moffat, parked near the bridge to the fishfarm on the A708 at Shortwoodend. With Martin66 & DavyB, followed the tracks until just short of Selcoth Burn & turned up the track following N side of the burn uphill. This peters out underneath the ominously named Broken Back. Given the state of the frozen, insubstantial ground, that seemed a distinct possibility. Decided therefore on an ascent directly N up the more secure slopes of Croft Head: brutal but quickish. Descended to the col & then straight up to West Knowe & on to Loch Fell, continuing to Wind Fell, over Hopetoun Craig & the brilliant viewpoint of Ettrick Pen. Daylight fading, a rapid descent down to the SUW & along to Ettrick Head followed. Martin66 eyed up Capel Fell, but virtually dark, we didn't fancy Broken Back much & edged our way along the path on the S side of Selcoth Burn before crossing to join the outward track. These hills are probably better done from the Ettrick road end.NotReallyABagger01/12/2012
A long round of twelve hills started from the end of the road close to Ettrick Head.thenomad27/11/2012
Finally, a summit with a cairn - and an inscription on it.Roblex05/06/2012
7th and final nail in my Ettrick Horseshoe Walk.Dugswell220/05/2012
Ettrick HorseshoePrawnFM11/03/2012
Ettrick Horseshoe Walkborderterrier31/08/2011
ran up w Jenx from road end nr Potburn. To watershed, back over the tops to Pen, back down to bothy on SUW and carnordicstar17/07/2011
From road end near Potburn I followed the track up from Over Phawhope.Alan16/06/2011
7th hill of day. Dropped down from Bodesbeck Law SSE to track junction. Took track past forest workings to Potburn then followed Southern Upland Way past bothy at Over Phawhope. Crossed bridge to climb up west spur of Ettrick Pen.derekblackburn14/06/2011
Climbed from Croft Head (1st Graham of 3 that day) with J and MB past Ettrick Head, around Wind Fell over Hopetoun Craig to summit of EP. Good weather. Descended W to Over Phawhope bothy, continued up W through firebreak to reach over Graham's Law to Capel Fell. See log entries for Croft Head and Capel Fell. 06/03/2016, KHWC walk from Potburn - see log entry for Wind Fell; EP to Hopetoun Craig then WF and down to Ettrick Head and SUW return to P.trienbrae25/07/2009
From Hopetoun Craig, on Ettrick Horseshoe. Large untidy cairn at fence corner. Then due W down shoulder to track leading to bothy at Over Phawhope, and on to Potsburn.Aye Jimmy13/02/2008
Parked car at NT136078 (more parking near the fish farm) and completed a round of Capel Fell, Ettrick Pen, Scaw'd Fell, Croft Head.Jhimmy26/08/2007
Solo Uisdean2509/10/2004
From Over Phawhope, Ettrick Pen & anti-clockwise round to West Knowe then back down SUW. Staying at Black Dwarf's Cottage.agentmancuso27/08/2003
Alone with 2 other GrahamsSpudGunn14/07/2003