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Name:West Knowe
Hill number:1880
Height:672m / 2205ft
Parent (Ma):1865  Ettrick Pen
Parent (SMC):1869  Loch Fell
RHB Section:28B: The River Tweed to the English Border
Donald area:Ettrick Hills
County/UA:Dumfries and Galloway (UA)
Catchment:Annan
Class:Simm, Graham Top
(Tu,Sim,DT,GT,DN)
Grid ref:NT 16293 05230
Summit feature:no feature: ground by remains of old fence post
Drop:30m
Col:642m  NT165051  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 79
(1:25k) 330
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 169 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Deserted on sunny bank holiday Monday. Up from Selcoth, to pick upWest Knowe and Loch Fell. Back over Croft Head. With B and R.jenx26/08/2019
White Shank, Smidhope Hill, Capel Fell, Loch Fell (camped overnight by summit), West Knowe, Broken Back, circuit from Bodesbeck.RobertP30/06/2019
08:00 after a slightly uncomfortable night at the col between West Knowe and Loch Fell. About 12 degrees, SW breeze. On to Croft Head.Wycombe Wanderer20/04/2019
CK SheilaS30/12/2018
Start Sailfoot parking area. Up through forest. Whiteshank, Smidhope, Hopetoun, Wind Fell and across to West Knowe. Back via Selcoth Burn.AndrewFinnimore17/10/2018
Parked at end of public road at 18909 & up Ettrick Pen, Hopetoun Craig, Wind Fell & Loch Fell. From Loch Fell, faint path over short grass to col & then a short climb to summit which is situated on a mound of cloudberries & marked with a couple of pieces of rotting fence post. Continued to Capel Fell, Smidhope Hill & White Shank. (S)gerrybowes21/07/2018
Continued from Loch Fell to summit area of West Knowe then turned to NNE to descend to SUW but re-considered and vered NNW to reach SUW above gulley of defile/ waterfall of Selcoth Burn, just at marker cairn on path; turned L down to sheepfank and climbed up W shoulder on well engineered path to Croft Head. Rain and wind continued. First visit was solo on 10/10/2015.jacobus14/10/2017
Hard to avoid this if your going to the Donald.Play2End06/10/2017
Featureless summit. Steep descent to sheepfold before climbing all the way back up again to Croft Head. With Eire, Evan, Sail, Danu, Coel & Alfie.Dangerous Dave29/07/2017
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
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
Short stroll from Loch Fell. Nice drop over to Croft Head. Company: Soloiandesbottes25/03/2016
Solo; came from Loch Fell and dropped down NNE steeply at bottom to join SUW, which appears to be eroded in this section; lunched and continued through Ettrick Head and forest and along SUW track, past Over Phawhope to P. Noted that firebreak NW of Hopetoun Craig would have been difficult as a route to it. Good weather continued all day.seumas10/10/2015
Moffat-Oakrigg-Yadburgh Hill-Scaw'd Fell-Ewelairs Hill-Loch Fell-West Knowe-Wind Fell-Hopetoun Craig-Ettrick Pen-Over Phawhopecampagvelocet11/08/2015
Revisit from Selcoth en route to a few 5Ds & minor tops.agentmancuso02/07/2015
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
With Jon, EUHWC Burns' Weekend, Moffat.Grinner17/01/2015
A round of 5 Donalds from Selcoth. With Gavin.MorecambeMonkey15/11/2014
With Ettrick Pennickywood109/11/2014
selfdavidsbatty19/04/2014
Part of a round of 15 tops from Phawhope Bothy - Ettrick Penn to Herman Law with diversions. 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
MC DCMartin6601/12/2012
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
Dry, overcast, warm, good views, with Amy.iangalbraith15/09/2012
After Croft Head on way to Loch Fell.Dugswell230/08/2012
Selcoth, Croft Head, Loch Fellborderterrier25/02/2012
From West Knowe, then down NNE and followed southern upland way over Ettrick Head back to Potburn.Alan16/06/2011
11th hill of day. Floowe on ridge NE from Loch Fell.derekblackburn14/05/2011
from Loch Down on tussock on a faint path and to top at 11.20. No cairn. to Capel and Smidhope.arranc11/09/2009
KeithByTheC03/06/2005
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
Ascended on the descent from Loch Fell, having walked from Ettrick Pen.JohnW27/07/1995
Early morning Donald round from West Knowe to Croft Head.Eddie13/04/1993
Horseshoe of all the Ettrick Donalds and Tops from Ettrick Pen to Herman Law RHW25/08/1991
Ettrick traverseThearlaichdubh14/07/1991
Round of county fence from Ettrick Pen to Herman Law including Loch Fell and Croft Head. Solo. Sunny and warm.alexmaclennan21/05/1989
Stavanger Toestub15/09/2019
ARM21/04/2019
easers08/04/2019
iangpark09/12/2018
LizH24/10/2018
PeterAH24/10/2018
Colin Crawford07/02/2018
Lucky30/04/2017
weaselmaster31/12/2016
Sick Kid31/12/2016