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Name:Capel Fell
Hill number:1875
Height:678m / 2224ft
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, Annan, 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 16397 06906
Summit feature:no feature: ground by single fence post
Col:519m  NT172063  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 79
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 315 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Parked at road end and set off at 06:15 by moonlight with a temperature of-4C. Ettrick Pen (beautiful sunrise), Hopetoun Craig, Wind Fell, West Knowe, Loch Fell, Scaw'd Fell, Gateshaw Rig, Croft Head (met a badger), Capel Fell, Smidhope Hill, White Shank. Returned at 14:45.PGCE19/11/2019
Circuit from Potburn via Over Phawhope: Ettrick Pen, Dob's Craig (with a rising traverse back to the main ridge), Hopetoun Craig, Wind Fell with its idiosyncratic summit marker, Capel Fell, Smidhope Law, White Shanks, descending between the burn and the forestry to the track just West of Over Phawhope. A fox led the way on the ascent from Over Phawhope, and hail and snow showers alternated with bright Autumn sunshine.Nick Down126/10/2019
part of ettrick horseshoealanm917/08/2019
White Shank, Smidhope Hill, Capel Fell, Loch Fell (camped overnight by summit), West Knowe, Broken Back, circuit from Bodesbeck.RobertP29/06/2019
Capel and Croft from Sailfoot. Forestry tracks to 490m then faint quad track. Descended SE ridge and S face to SUW.Topographer5724/05/2019
With Ikuko a long day over three Marilyns!GWR Chris21/05/2019
Capel Fell then Croft Head, from Sailfoot, up via zigzag forest roads then on to hillside. Between two hills by heading to small bridge near Ettrick Head then following SUW to good path up Croft Headwillyross14/05/2019
From Croft Head. Stopped by the picturesque bridge to fill my water bottle and felt the extra weight and the increasing heat as I toiled to the summit. On to Smidhope Hill.Wycombe Wanderer20/04/2019
From Selcoth, with three other Marilyns (+ 2 non-Marilyn Donalds). Breezy, some sunshine, cold. Time excludes breaks. Rounsfell23/03/2019
CK SheilaS30/12/2018
Continuing from Smidhope Hill, solo, reaching summit of CF in strong W wind. Descended along regional boundary fence SE to meet SUW at Ettrick Head and continued into forest for a sheltered lunch. Concluded walk down track ( met other walker intending go over CF and down to Selcoth) past Over Phawhope bothy to P beyond Potburn. Weather remaind fine for walking. First visit was with J and MB on 25/07/2009 on the third Graham of that day.jacobus25/09/2018
From Ettrick Head on grassy slopes.trimarc225/09/2018
From Croft Fell via SUW; easier than it looked!MichaelF25/09/2018
8 of 8: From Smidhope Hill.ChrisR08/08/2018
From Wind Fell, felt like a hard grind back up (unfit). Overcast but warm and breezy.iangalbraith05/08/2018
Parked at end of public road at 18909 & up Ettrick Pen, Hopetoun Craig, Wind Fell, Loch Fell & West Knowe. From West Knowe, over fence & down NE spur intending to cross Selcoth Burn at footbridge shown on current 1:25,000 map. Bridge has been washed away, but fortunately water level low & burn easily crossed (New bridge about 250yd downstream 165062). Up to col & then decent path up side of boundary fence to summit. Continued to Smidhope Hill & White Shank. (S)gerrybowes21/07/2018
Moffat taxi to Birkhill. Herman Law, Trowgrain Middle, Mid Rig, Andrewwhinney Hill, Bell Craig, Mid Rig, Nowtrig Head, Whiteyaud Head, Bodesbeck Law, Pot Law, Fauldside Hill, White Shank, Smidhope Hill and Capel Fell. Them Southern Upland Way to MoffatMountain Goat07/07/2018
Capel Fell and Croft Head with David Alexander on very hot sunny day. From fish farm (11:35), followed track on N side of valley then steeply up S ridge and fence to Capel Fell summit. Down to bridge on S Upland way past deep defile and then new 'alternative route' track up very steep ridge to Cfort Head. Descended NW ridge all the way to the Settlement. Finish 17:50. Leisurely day with long stops. Good views all round.dbb25/06/2018
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
Last of the day (5/5). Very steep descent back to the forest track.Play2End06/10/2017
Prettiest section of today's walk. We came over from Croft Head along the Southern Upland Way path and crossed a lovely little arched wooden bridge. We then followed the fence up the grassy SE ridge to the summit. With Eire, Evan, Sail, Danu, Coel & Alfie.Dangerous Dave29/07/2017
With M. Staying in Moffat. Blustery but leisurely day over two Grahams.douglas_easton25/06/2017
The weather forecast had showers & then rain later. Instead it was just rain... and a huge amount of it. Had left this one in Dec-12 when doing Ettrick Pen et al with Martin66 & Davy due to lack of time & back with J to rectify that during a week's stay at Ettrickbridge. A wet walk from the road end in the Ettrick Valley, past a smartened up Over Phawhope bothy on Southern Upland Way to Ettrick Head. A lot of tree felling going on. NW following fence to summit trying to stay on feet in wind. Visibility about 6 inches at the top. Then followed the boundary wall/fence over Smidhope Hill, Graham's Law, White Shank & Fauldside Hill & down track under Pot Law directly to road end. J got very cold & wet: not the day to discover that your waterproof jacket is now just a jacket...NotReallyABagger21/05/2017
Last Marilyn in a round of four. From Croft Head. Lovely zig zag descent from Croft Head to Selcoth Burn. Then along the Southern Upland Way as far as the lovely little bridge, then up steep grassy slopes to the shoulder, then easy.Owen B14/04/2017
Weather fair.MountainMac02/04/2017
End to end walk of entire Andrewhinney Ridge with Rick & Jen. Herman Law to Capel Fell including small detour to include Pot Law. Split up after Capel Fell - Rick & Jen to finish over Broken Back while I picked off Sailfoot Law. Two vehicles start at Birkhill, parking for one without blocking farm entrance (nobody in to ask permission) to finish at Selcoth Fish Farm at foot of Sailfoot permission gained from Fish Farm. Brilliant day even with low visibility all day hard frost and frozen ground above about 550m.SteveSmith23/01/2017
Repeat. Up from Birkhill and Herman Law through to Capel Fell with Jenx and Steve Smith. Crisp, misty day on fells with frozen ground, reasonable going on existing lines. Down to Sailfoot Fish Farm and second vehicle.nordicstar23/01/2017
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
C/W round of bodesbeck law, nowtrig head, pot law, white shank, smidhope hill, capel fell, broken back, sailfoot law from capplegill via path from bodesbeck farm.robertphillips31/08/2016
From A708 by fish farm up spur. Very mossy underfootm0jla27/05/2016
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
Followed South Uplands path then veered left to follow fence unto its summit. Good walk over to Smidhope and White Shank. Easy going. Good views. Company: Soloiandesbottes25/03/2016
Over Phawhope-Bodesbeck Law-White Shank-Smidhope Hill-Capel Fell-Croft Head-Moffatcampagvelocet12/08/2015
Followed southern uplands way west from road head past a well maintained bothy to Etterick head. Then direct north to summit. Rain starting as we arrived.mindlessflogger30/05/2015
Linear route as a detour whilst walking Southern Upland WayGayle21/04/2015
Croft Head, West Knowe, Loch Fell, Wind Fell and Capel Fell from Selcoth fish farm car park. 10 miles, 3730ft ascent. Good walk - ground largely frozen 2-3 inches fresh snow on highest parts.Crib Goch21/02/2015
Followed fence up SE ridge from SUW after parking at Craigbeck bridge over Moffat Water. Intended to loop back over Croft Head and pick up Scaw'd Fell on way back but due to too steep descent down to Selcoth Burn and re-ascent up Croft Head + no easy crossing over Selcoth Burn until Selcoth decided in view of weather, time of day and time of year to trudge back along A708 with tail between my legs. Disappointing but right decision. Should have started at Selcoth and approached Croft Head from SUH up Cat Shoulder.SteveSmith27/01/2015
With Jon, EUHWC Burns' Weekend, Moffat.Grinner17/01/2015
A round of 5 Donalds from Selcoth. With Gavin.MorecambeMonkey15/11/2014
Potburn - Smidhope Hill- Capel Fell then a fast descent to Ettrick Head. Hazy and sunny all day as I went round the Etterick Head hills. My brother went over Andrewhinney Hill- each of us had been up the other hills and we each went for new ones today. So we walked together for about 20 mins.pwheeler21/09/2014
With Andy from camp by SUWaymick28/06/2014
Following on from Croft Head. Followed fence up from the SUW. Operated ham radio on summit for SOTA. Descent to Fish Farm on forest track and then walked back along the A708 Selkirk Road to Belshaw Pool bridge. Operated ham radio on summits for SOTA.G4OBK (Phil)14/04/2014
Full round of 15 tops from Phawhope Bothey - Ettrick Pen to Herman Law with diversions. Miserable weather.dickscroop05/04/2014
with renee parked at fish farm.robertphillips29/12/2013
Circuit from Glen Ettrick road endrjf3504/08/2013
clockwise circuit of Ettrick Pen hills tumps humps n tops plus Croft head and Capel Fellvegibagger30/07/2013
Alone with 2 other GrahamsSpudGunn14/07/2013
MC alone. Dull with mild westerly. 1.05 up.Martin6625/06/2013
Last hill on an excellent linear walk with 9 Donalds in Ice and Snow. Had a bit of a lie down after this!nickywood110/03/2013