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Name:Croft Head
Hill number:1894
Height:637m / 2090ft
RHB Section:28B: The River Tweed to the English Border
Donald area:Ettrick Hills
County/UA:Dumfries and Galloway (UA)
Catchment:Annan
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Graham, Donald,
Yeaman
(Ma,Hu,Tu,Sim,G,D,DN,Y)
Grid ref:NT 15309 05648
Summit feature:no feature: ground 2m NW of fence junction
Drop:194m
Col:443m  NT159058  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 79
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 274 users)ByDate of Ascent
Capel and Croft from Sailfoot. SUW over summit then descended NW ridge to Selcoth.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 Head.willyross14/05/2019
From West Knowe. Spent some time admiring the view from West Knowe and the grand Capel Fell. The pass is a great spot. Had a chat with another walker coming down Cat Shoulder (double Munroist, Grahamist and Corbetteer 'doing' the Donalds. On to Capel Fell.Wycombe Wanderer20/04/2019
Run from Moffat C&C site. Tat weather so called it a day after Croft Head. Had intended on doing Loch fell & a couple of others.Mountain Goat26/01/2019
CK SheilaS30/12/2018
Second time on this hill this yearColin Crawford28/12/2018
Parked N of bridge by Bellshaw Pool. Along SUW then hard right up to Comb Cairn and onto Scaw'd Fell. Back down to SUW alternate route along to, and up, E ridge of Croft Head. Had a wander over all contenders for summit. Back on SUW over Gateshaw Rig. 12 miles. With PM.CJM13/11/2018
From Scaw'd Fell with CM. A very pleasant walk from 158044 to the eats side of the hill and then an easy path to the summit. Descended over Gateshaw Rig and the alternative SUW path back to 106044. 12 miles and just over 6 hours.bolton13/11/2018
From fish farm, via signposted path just before Selcoth. Then over Selcoth Burn which I did at top of small plantation. Up grassy slope opposite and onto ridge. Down NE ridge to SU pathtrimarc225/09/2018
From bridge at 106044 up SUW high level route; as part of round of three Grahams. Keen wind, gusty at times.MichaelF25/09/2018
Parked in layby on N. side of bridge at 106043 & up Scaw’d Fell. From Scaw’d Fell, back down to track junction & then along SUW to foot of E. ridge - Good path up ridge to unmarked summit. Descended over Gateshaw Rig, following waymarked SUW Alternative Route. This rejoins the main route by the cattle grid at 121043. (S)gerrybowes07/08/2018
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
Continuation of route from West Knowe to CH by 15 zigzags and path leading to gated summit of Croft Head. (Note: SUW route over CH is closed for harvesting but the area is SW,or beyond summit, of CH) Returned by upward route and then NE along SUW, using new bridge over burn, to Ettrick Head. Entered forest and made lunch stop (14:30) as path exited forest onto SUW track back to Potburn. Rain and wind only abated when lower down as Over Phawhope bothy was passed.jacobus14/10/2017
First of the day. Just over an hour from the fishy plaice.Play2End06/10/2017
Good path up east ridge (Southern Uplands Way) and back down same way. Great hill. With Eire, Evan, Sail, Danu, Coel & Alfie.Dangerous Dave29/07/2017
Descended the SW shoulder of Capel Fell at a fence. Crossed the Selcoth Burn north of the fence as the fence leads to a small gorge. Steep grass up to summit and heavy rain. Down Southern uplands path - great views - back to Etterick head. Decided not to do Etterick Pen because of the rain.mindlessflogger30/05/2017
600th Marilyn. Deep joy. Third Marilyn on round of four. From Scaw'd Fell, descent was easy, joined the forestry track. Forestry on south east side of Gateshaw Rig has been cleared, and there is a good line up the left hand side of the remaining trees. Above the tree line is steep, thick heather, really horrible, to the ridge line. Then easy to Croft Head.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
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
Got to top and ready to drop. Arrived at 10.00 after three hours walking. Nice pull to its summit, enjoyed the zig zag up. Excellent summit peak with good views over to Saddle Yoke. Another sarny time. Company: Soloiandesbottes25/03/2016
Start NT 10651 04301, Off road parking near bridge over River Moffat. Figure of eight route to visit Croft Head and Scaw'd Fell.SteveSmith06/12/2015
With: hb; Walked from Craigbeck via Southern Uplands Way and Scaw'd Fell on good track through forest. Returned over Croft Head on alternate path along narrow W ridge.Ian Baines13/10/2015
Over Phawhope-Bodesbeck Law-White Shank-Smidhope Hill-Capel Fell-Croft Head-Moffatcampagvelocet12/08/2015
Came at this from the South today, having battled way up directly west through the trees from low-level SUW to cache 500m down the ridge. Entertaining.agentmancuso02/07/2015
First of only Two hills today on an alternative Southern upland way route. This one is now a waymarked alternative route via Gateshaw rig from the Southern Upland way crossing Cornal Burn. Steep ascent but glorious views from the top and I heard the screeching of Peregrine falcons in the gorge of the hill to the North. Descended via the new zigzags on cat shoulder and back onto the standard Southern upland way route. I wish I had followed my own route, ascending Wind fell as felt that the standard SUW route was a bit bland from here onwards to St. Mary's Loch.Dazingdale13/05/2015
Linear route as a deviation whilst walking Southern Upland Way.Gayle21/04/2015
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
A round of 5 Donalds from Selcoth. With Gavin.MorecambeMonkey15/11/2014
With Ettrick Pennickywood109/11/2014
Included in an Etterick Head round on my brother's recommendation. The best part of the day and a hidden (from motorists) gem with a fine gorge and ridge to the summit (steep but newly engineered zigzags). Had to retrace to Etterick Head but this was no hardship in some of the best scenery in the S Uplands. Sunny, hazy and warm.pwheeler21/09/2014
A warm day after two days of downpours. Walked up the S.U.W from Potburn, past the Phawhope Bothy. A pleasant stroll.Roblex06/06/2014
selfdavidsbatty19/04/2014
From Belshaw Pool bridge circuit of 3 Marilyns, prior Scaw'd Fell and last Capel Fell. Very hard climb up fence from SUW NT 156054 - not recommended. Nice zig-zag path down to Sheepfold could be used both ways on this round, shouldn't take much longer. Operated ham radio for SOTA on summit.G4OBK (Phil)14/04/2014
Full round of 15 tops from Phawhope Bothy, Ettrick Pen to Herman Law with diversions. Miserable weatherdickscroop05/04/2014
Southern Upland Way routeborderterrier22/02/2014
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
With Ettrick Pen on very cold day. Roads just passable. Beautifully clear and crisp weather. 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
Parked camper at Ettrick Head. A long day, taking in twelve tops.thenomad27/11/2012
Dry, overcast, warm, good views, with Amy.iangalbraith15/09/2012
From SUWay then zigzag path on a lovely morning. Then off to Loch Fell and Scawd Fell and back west to car.Dugswell230/08/2012
Walked as part of SUW. Great views from the top.tsharp21/04/2012
Selcoth, Croft Head, Loch Fellborderterrier25/02/2012
From bridge near Craigbeck along SUW, detour to Scaw'd fell, then up via east ridge track. Returned by south ridge over Gateshaw Rig using the alternative, and nicer, SUW route.Alan26/10/2011
12th hill of day. Dropped very steeply NW from West Knowe to signpost on SUW. Crossed and climbed steeply up new zigzags on west spur of Croft head.derekblackburn14/05/2011
Climbed from back end of hill. Started at sheep pen and climbed up cats shoulder to the summit.biggaz77713/03/2011
Fell running w Jenx along SUW, from bridge nr Craigbeck - took in Scawd fell, Croft Head and Capel Fell before returning to startnordicstar06/03/2011
Alone. On way home from Craig's.Grinner20/06/2010
Climbed along with Capel Fell.dscargill24/04/2010
Climbed with J and MB from Shortwoodend, on A708, over bridge on Moffat Water to Selcoth then path ESE up Selcoth Burn to summit of CH. Good weather. This was first of three Grahams that day. Dropping down NE to Ettrick Head around (unfortunately - 12/14 note) Wind Fell towards the second, Ettrick Pen.trienbrae25/07/2009
Continuation from Scaw'd Fell crossing the SUW. Steep at first then follow fence on broad grassy ridge. Complex of gates and fences at top. Back to Craigbeck via Gateshaw Rig.Aye Jimmy24/05/2009
Parked car at NT136078 (more parking near the fish farm) and completed a round of Capel Fell, Ettrick Pen, Scaw'd Fell, Croft Head. Having completed Scaw'd at NT150043 on SU way, I headed directly upward through cut forest onto ridge of Croft Head - steepJhimmy26/08/2007
KeithByTheC03/06/2005
Solo Uisdean2509/10/2004
Alone with 2 other GrahamsSpudGunn14/07/2003
Started at the head of the main road near a transmitter then traversed and looped from Herman Law down to Croft Head.Rhayader_wander24/08/2002
Backpacking along SUW, short diversion.agentmancuso12/08/2002
From road end at Glen Etrick. Rapid progress on SUW on forest roads then footpath to moor and Etrick Head stile. Across tussock on good wet path to cross stream and up to bypass rocky screes and horrors of next 1/2 mile by Selcoth Burn to follow steeply up lank grass to top. 11.20. to Capel.arranc23/09/2001
Solo trip; with Capel FellInvicta1401/05/1999
As Ettrick PenBLACKHILL14/02/1999
A round of the Ettrick Donaldshillsman03/05/1998
Early morning Donald round from West Knowe to Croft Head.Eddie13/04/1993
Second time on this hill 26/1/2007. New path built by D&G Rangers from Selcoth Burn to the summit - well engineered/graded. They request that its not to be used before spring 2007 (!) Note that the track next to Crofthead Burn ends at a gate at the foresmaknipe26/07/1992
Horseshoe of all the Ettrick Donalds and Tops from Ettrick Pen to Herman Law RHW25/08/1991
Round of county fence from Ettrick Pen to Herman Law including Loch Fell and Croft Head. Solo. Sunny and warm.alexmaclennan21/05/1989
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