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Name:White Shank
Hill number:1905
Height:621.6m / 2039ft
Parent (Ma):1875  Capel Fell
Parent (SMC):1875  Capel Fell
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:Subsimm
(DT,sSim)
Grid ref:NT 16901 08304
Summit feature:no feature
Drop:26.7m
Col:594.9m  NT 1691 0802  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 79
(1:25k) 330
Survey:Leica RX1250
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 173 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
White Shank, Smidhope Hill, Capel Fell, Loch Fell (camped overnight by summit), West Knowe, Broken Back, circuit from Bodesbeck.RobertP29/06/2019
From Smidhope Hill - on to Bodesbeck Law.Wycombe Wanderer20/04/2019
Up forest track from Sailfoot parking area. Track was driveable and no prohibitive signs but I was bagging other tops and returned via Selcoth Burn.AndrewFinnimore17/10/2018
Solo from P at end of road nr. Porburn, up N track to bridge over Longhope Burn and along new and old forest tracks to col with Bodesbeck Law, turning L, S, to follow wall/fence and then W over Fauldside and S to WS summit plateau. Weather was fine if a little brezy. First visit was also solo on 29/07/2015 coming from BL. Continued to Smidhope Hill.jacobus25/09/2018
6 of 8: From Bodesbeck Law.ChrisR08/08/2018
Last one of circle. Overcast but warm and breezy. Followed wall down to gap in trees (old map). Trees on right felled and replanted, including the gap. Probably better to stay north of the trees now.iangalbraith05/08/2018
Parked at end of public road at 18909 & up Ettrick Pen, Hopetoun Craig, Wind Fell, Loch Fell, West Knowe, Capel Fell & Smidhope Hill. From Smidhope Hill, opted for path on right side of wall as unmarked summit lies about 45yd NE of wall. Descended on path alongside boundary fence/wall to col below Bodesbeck & then forest track down to Potburn & back to car. (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
Last hill on Ettrick Horseshoe. Followed the wall further north then descended from Fauldside Hill to Potburn. With Eire, Evan, Sail, Danu, Coel & Alfie.Dangerous Dave29/07/2017
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 top on round of four Marilyns on the way back to Ettrick Water. From Smidhope Hill. Rough vehicle track.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
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
Parked at Capplegill. Bodesbeck Law, Nowtrig Head, Mid Rig then retraced steps and finished with White Shank. Beautiful autumn day, great viewsCrib Goch02/10/2016
Alone, round of Ettrick.Grinner11/09/2016
my final donald top.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
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
Final hill of Ettrick Horseshoe for me. Whole walk took 5 hours 15 mins, some great views, very peaceful. Going to do more in S.Scotland as folk seem to go for Highlands or Lakes and forget this excellent walking area. Company: Soloiandesbottes25/03/2016
Over Phawhope-Bodesbeck Law-White Shank-Smidhope Hill-Capel Fell-Croft Head-Moffatcampagvelocet12/08/2015
Continuation from Bodesbeck Law (D); wet in cols and showers nearby; continued to Smidhope Hill.seumas29/07/2015
on way up Capel Fell (qv for log)pwheeler21/09/2014
selfdavidsbatty19/04/2014
Part of a round of 15 tops from Phawhope Bothy - Ettrick Pen to Herman Law with diversions. Miserable weatherdickscroop05/04/2014
With Andrewhinney Hill and Capel Fellnickywood110/03/2013
CUHWC Southern Uplands Trip. Linear walk again from Solcoth - Grey Mare's Tail Waterfall via tickable things en route. Weather poor most of day. Descent from Andrewhinney Hill to road is not recommended - best described as horrific...AGWilliamson25/11/2012
Second nail in the Ettrick Horseshoe Walk.Dugswell220/05/2012
Ettrick Horseshoe Walkborderterrier31/08/2011
15th and last hill of day. Followed on ridge N from Smidhope Hill. Huge walk of 7/8 miles back to Grey Mare's Tail Car Park cicling N the E to track junction earlier, W down to Bodesbeck Farm then long walk up road to car.derekblackburn14/05/2011
Followed Wall from Capel Fell and Smidhope Hill.Alan20/04/2011
from Smidhope. Good track by the wall continued to top at 13.15. Bodesbeck now dominant in view ahead. Hart Fell, Saddle Yoke, Carrifran, Eildon Hills, Wind Fell and Loch Fell.arranc11/09/2009
Parked at fork about a km short of Potburn. Walked to Potburn, then hung a R up hill. This was my first on Ettrick Horseshoe (missed out Bodesbeck Law). Not much of a summit.Aye Jimmy13/02/2008
KeithByTheC02/06/2005
Solo Uisdean2509/10/2004
With May.mainnirnamfiadh12/08/2003
High-level diversion along the Bodesbeck ridge while backpacking along the SUW.agentmancuso12/08/2002
Early morning Donald round from Bodesbeck Law to Whte Shank.Eddie03/05/1993
Horseshoe of all the Ettrick Donalds and Tops from Ettrick Pen to Herman Law RHW25/08/1991
petey01/01/1990
Round of county fence from Ettrick Pen to Herman Law including Loch Fell and Croft Head. Solo. Sunny and warm.alexmaclennan21/05/1989
Blair28216/04/2019
Tony S22/03/2019
iangpark08/12/2018
Pete R24/11/2018
LizH24/10/2018
PeterAH24/10/2018
FCL19/11/2017
Ianto&Sue05/05/2017
jenx23/01/2017