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Name:Hownam Law
Hill number:1934
Height:449m / 1473ft
RHB Section:28B: The River Tweed to the English Border
Nuttall/Wainwright area:The Cheviots
County/UA:Scottish Borders (UA)
Catchment:Tweed
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (400-499m), Yeaman
(Ma,Hu,Tu,4,Y)
Grid ref:NT 79657 21927
Summit feature:part of perimeter of overgrown ancient cairn
Drop:167m
Col:282m  NT805195  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 74
(1:25k) OL16W
Observations:ancient cairn is 4m NNE of trig point
Survey:Abney level
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 168 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Solo jog from the east. Somewhat unhelpful landowner- apparently best to avoid the hill in spring!amswanston28/04/2019
From Howgate. OK but could not avoid walking among interested and vocal cattle. Great hill.clivevilla07/11/2018
Parked nt814219, Pleasant walk gates at all the walls.G0HIO18/05/2018
From the East round Elishaugh Hill then various walls and fences to summit. Very windy. My final Region 28 Marilyn.NormanW25/04/2018
From Elliesheugh. On the way up veered SW to near the NW corner of the plantation, but this involved a lot of fences and walls, not recommended. Followed the more orthodox route on the return, as per the path marked on the 1:25,000 from the col.Owen B31/03/2018
Duncanhaugh- St Cuthberts Way to summit of Wide Open Hill - Cushet End - Hownam Law (& trig) - Braemoor Knowe - Hownam Burn - Belford on Bowmont - Lane back to Town Yetholm (Duncanhaugh)briandavies22/10/2017
Similar route taken to Gill up to Cote Burn then headed straight up (west) along heather and grass boundary 10m along track heading south. Headed for gate at base of for but on wrong wall at junction so carefully cRosset wall and headed up steeping bank to summit. Returned more or less directly to vehicle on an ENE bearing. Parked at Ellisheugh (NT81437 21942)SteveSmith16/10/2017
With Steve Smith. Roadside parking on minor road to E. Farm track initially then across the rough.jonglew16/10/2017
A fine walk from Elliesheugh, up the track, over fields and down to join another track along Cote Burn. An ATV track heads up what looks like a bog but isn't, and then joins sheep tracks following the wall up the hill. Over a wooden gate, along the wall and then through a nice gate to the top. Great views and easy going all the way.Gill05/10/2017
1/4 From Howgate parking at the group of houses. Track up hillside then follow wall/fences unhooking electric to pass onto summit via Braemoor Knowe, Grange Hill. Reurn same route. Fine view of CheviotN.Morters01/07/2017
Drove car through ford at NT780235 - there is parking on the other side for a couple of cars without causing obstruction. Ascended St Cuthbert's Way around Grubbit Law. Followed paths alongside stone wall to Cushat End and then onwards to summit. Views superb, but couldn't stay long due to very strong winds. Retuned via Grange Hill to Hownam Grange and along field edges on east side of river to return to starting point.raffemeister26/12/2016
Up to summit from Cliftoncote and back along ridge to Cushat End. Good walking surface all the way.AndrewFinnimore13/07/2016
Route as bolton. Hot, overcast, calm, rain on return, good views.iangalbraith24/06/2016
From Morebattle using St Cuthbert's Way [taking in Wideopen Hill] and down to Hownam Grange through various fields and gates.russell6113/03/2016
#562 Followed GB's excellent route description, love that cattle grid bridge! Parking area full of dumped stone but still room for one.tim74709/03/2016
With GB from 815219. A 90 minute walk of just over 3 miles.bolton10/12/2015
Parked opposite the start of the Elliesheugh track at NT81437 21950 (Room for 3 or 4 cars) Up track to gate & then SSW up field to gateway/grid at NT80940 21700 Headed west over 3 more gates to gate in wall on col at NT80251 21700 Up grassy slopes to summit. (PM)gerrybowes10/12/2015
From Ellisheugh - about 90 mins there and back. Really nice hill this one - great views to Cheviot and surrounding HillsCrib Goch26/09/2015
from the east over elishaugh to the summit.robertphillips16/01/2015
Via Elisheugh Hill and Kersmoor Head.Chris Peart26/11/2014
With GHC on a wild windy day.Play2End19/10/2014
Parked in the large lay by opposite the Elliesheugh track and followed the tracks and path marked on the map. The path petered out but a gate gave access to the open hill, so there is no need to climb the last wall. This is a great hill that deserves a good weather day to enjoy the view.Sprog12/08/2014
from 815219. Fine viewpoint over lovely rolling hillsThearlaichdubh04/07/2014
From Elliesheugh track end. Operated ham radio for summits on the air (SOTA). Use gate at NT 80940 21760 to save climbing the fence and from there other gates can be seen along your intended route.G4OBK (Phil)26/02/2014
One of 3 SOTA activations on this day with Phil GM4OBK & Terry GM0VWP. Had to use 7-ssb to qualify.G4OOE26/02/2014
This is why it's worth doing the Marilyns. An esoteric hill that's well off the beaten track. You wouldn't ever go there if it wasn't in the list, but when you go it proves to be an absolute joy. It has an un trampled top, a pleasant grassy ascent, a sprinkling of scree to give a hint of wildness and magnificent 360 degree views that seem to look back in time over the borders and Cheviots. I recommend you do it on a sunny day, with a picknic and friends and savour the experience. I will definately be back to the borders.mindlessflogger04/08/2013
W Jenx from, as others 815219, lots of parking off road near finger post, which leads up track to fellside. Bitter cold late March day, desperate cold wind, spindrift/ice particles. Just a few sheep at beginning, drifts burying electric fences :-). Took track as far as burn then cut up hill over wall (nr buried) to high col and top. Didn't hang around, trig and high point and back same way. Bring on Spring!nordicstar23/03/2013
2nd/5 for day around the Cheviot. Started at 815219, No obvious route to the top but no serious obstructions. A well built stone wall at about 350m blocks the direct route to the summit, but two gates through this wall about 1km apart can both be included to give a good circular walk.Topographer5727/02/2013
Mindlessflogger put it perfectly. A gem of a hill. Did from a holiday cottage in Hownam, with the Steeple on the return. Bliss.Jake99412/08/2012
Parked at path end at 815219 (16:30) and walked up path then through fields (avoiding bulls) almost to col, then up E side of hill to top. Very pleasant rounded grassy hill, typical of Southern Uplands. Finish 17:50. Clouds threatening but clear on topdbb10/08/2011
Solo Uisdean2518/09/2010
Access from east at NT81525 21909, track to fields then open hillside. Super hill on bright and breazy morning.Dugswell227/03/2010
A circuitous walk from Belford. Had to backtrack the way we came as there were some very frisky cattle in the field we needed to cross on the way back and as an ex farmer even I didn't fancy it, so Mrs Dan won in the end. Great walk otherwise.Walker Dan08/08/2009
Parked at entrance to Hownam Grange and up over Grange Hill. Very pleasant, other than finding a scribbled note stuck to the windscreen saying 'This is not a parking place'.agentmancuso02/07/2009
From E, start of track signpost 'Ellesheugh 1/4 mile'. Followed this then fields until track picked up again. Then steeper slopes to trig on top. Pastoral views.Aye Jimmy13/06/2009
with Jamievegibagger30/05/2009
Fine steep shapely hill, fine views. Revisit, linked to Craik Moor. Hang gliders on top, they had permission to drive up.RHW09/09/2006
walk in from the eastSJ18/08/2005
Parked at cattle Grid at (I believe) NT814219. A few electric fences ment a few detours as I headed directly westward to the top. Quite a few "wild" animals and horses around ;-)Jhimmy07/08/2005
Ascended from Morebattle by St Cuthbert's Way and then followed the walls in clear, sunny weather.JohnW29/03/2004
Up from Cliftoncote and Kersmoor Head.Eddie08/12/2002
1 mile on road and farm road to Cliftoncote Farm. On track to gate, up to ridge to large cross stone wall. Found small gate to heathery top of fortified hill. 13.10.arranc05/08/2000
Date is first visit. Notes from later...gorgeous hill, simple ascent. good track from howgate @ 778203 RHW10/09/1999
From NT 818 219. 200?summitsupblank
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