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Name:Bareback Knowe [Windlestraw Law SW Top]
Hill number:1801
Height:656m / 2152ft
Parent (Ma):1800  Windlestraw Law
Parent (SMC):1800  Windlestraw Law
RHB Section:28A: Firth of Forth to the River Tweed
Donald area:Moorfoot Hills
County/UA:Scottish Borders (UA)
Catchment:Tweed
Class:Subsimm
(DT,sSim)
Grid ref:NT 36226 42056
Summit feature:no feature: ground to N of fence
Drop:29.2m
Col:626.8m  NT 3639 4233  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 73
(1:25k) 337
Observations:large cairn 75m E at NT 36298 42066 is lower
Survey:KR 2x Hand Level/Abney level/Leica RX1250
Comments:summit height measured as 656.0m
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 159 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
From Windlestraw with Anne Butler. Traversed northwards when descending to reach original path we came up and then back to car at 343437.bolton06/07/2019
Solo from B709, parking S of Blackhopebyre and ascending S on rising track then E over Wallet Knowe to Windlestraw Law, turning SW along broad ridge to summit cairn of Bareback Knowe for lunch. Returned to WL, inspected comms line-of-sight dishes, powered by solar panels, and down up-hill route. Weather had threatened rain but it remained dry and overcast with SW wind. First visit was also solo on 12/09/2015, during first round of Donalds and Tops; then it rained heavily with thick mist all of the walk.jacobus19/03/2019
Parked on B709 a short distance SW of Glentress. Followed the path opposite, to the beallach between Dod Hill and Bareback Knowe. Followed vehicle tracks to the top.LizH11/03/2019
From Windlestraw Law following meandering vehicle tracks. Then followed fence line down Bareback Knowe to Glentress and back up the road to the car near Blackhopebyre.Clach Liath11/02/2019
From Walkerburn out to Priesthope then forest tracks to Kirnie Law and on to Priesthope Hill. From there bit of a trudge out to Windlestraw Law picking up top on return and out over Scawd Law can Cairn Hill. Sun kept trying but never got there.SS18/11/2018
Parked on wide verge at 343437 & up Windlestraw Law. From Windlestraw Law, headed SW on left side of fence, making use of available ATV tracks. Needed to step over fence to set foot on the unmarked summit. Continued to Scawd Law. (S)gerrybowes25/09/2018
Up track by forest from layby next to river. Easy gradient all the way.AndrewFinnimore11/09/2018
Windlestraw Law, Bareback Knowe and Dod Hill from Glentress. Ground parched.Crib Goch26/07/2018
Started from Innerleithen golf course, lots of snow on the road north.Grinner11/02/2018
Weather fair.MountainMac05/11/2017
Glorious sunny & hot, but fortunately breezy day. With J following the track from just S of Blackhopebyre winding up Glentress Rig, having parked off the road 300m S of the gate on B709. Relatively dry underfoot. Track becomes grassy then heathery further up & goes quite a bit further than the OS map would suggest these days almost to the summit. Wandered SW past the vane across to the minor 657m top & then returned via the route of ascent cutting off the corner of the upper summit slopes. Nearly back at the farm when a tiny chick hopped off the track into the grass as its mother ran about trying to distract us. We left them in peace but it was in more danger from being accidentally munched by the very large number of sheep...NotReallyABagger24/05/2017
A round of Gate Hope: Stony Knowe, Seathope Law, Maiden Law, Windlestraw Law, Bareback Knowe, Scawd Law, Cairn Hill and Early Knowe. Pleasant walking on a day of swirling cloud and sun. Erno Rubik designed the gates hereabouts: don't even think of opening them with gloved hands. A coil of wire mesh at the corner of the wall at 370384 can be rolled back to gain access to the western slopes of Early Knowe.Nick Down121/05/2017
With Evan, Coel & Alfie.Dangerous Dave18/02/2017
Windlestraw Law circuitsam.g.guthrie20/04/2016
round of stony knowe, seathope law, maiden law, yardstone knowe, windlestraw law, bareback knowe wl sw top, scawd law ACW from holylee.robertphillips06/03/2016
With Emma Saw Hairy Catterpillar 2 ravens white hareLizzieG24/02/2016
On descent from Windlestraw Law.ngthack13/09/2015
Solo; P S of Blackhopebyre, walked up track, v boggy, to trig pillar of G/D Windlestraw Law then SW along fence to large cairn of BK; returned NE to WL and down track to P. Weather was atrocious - blowing a hooley, heavy rain and thick mist, ca. 100mtr visibility on top - wonder why I got out of the car ?seumas12/09/2015
Picked this one off with Brian on the Tour de Glasgee trip in his van. Another superb sunny day up on these grouse fells. Keeping covered up as already sunburnt from previous two days in Scotland, yes sunburnt.Mark T23/04/2015
A short stroll over from Windlestraw Law on frozen ground and clear conditions before dropping down to the head of the Glentress Burn.Roblex19/11/2013
Circuit from road North of Innerleithan. Parked on road, tackled Windstraw two first then back to road and over to Whitehope Law.nickywood130/09/2013
With the main top and then Whitehope Law - a rundickscroop08/07/2013
Delayed our start and headed east to drier weather as a very wet morning dried up to being just drizzly -ground sodden. W. Darren from west picking up ATV tracks- carried on to SW top. A long good gentle angled run sploshing across sodden pastures all the way back down to road.Chris Pearson14/04/2013
2nd visit, pleasant clockwise round of Priesthope Hill, Windlestraw SW Top, Scawd Law and Cairn Hill from Walkerburn.agentmancuso29/09/2012
On way back from Windlestraw Law. Descent to Glentrees good going underfoot from there.Aye Jimmy17/05/2011
Followed ridge down from Windlestraw law, before turning down Bareback Knowe to Dod Hillderekblackburn02/04/2011
selfdavidsbatty12/02/2011
Revisit date. First date not recorded. wooden post in boggy moorland E of fence is approx summit, flat. RHW18/07/2010
Sunny spells, cold wind, dry, good views.iangalbraith09/05/2010
In new red Berghaus anorak. Parked on road just N of farm. Uphill on track, good going at first then deteriorating to swampy patches to 15 butts. Trudge to the right to pass some ancient stones and a cairn to a col between the tops. Up to and followed wire fence to top at 17.20. A large untidy heap of stones on other side of fence on heather grass.arranc05/08/2009
Did before main top due south from Wallet Knowe.Dugswell206/06/2009
Walked up from Glentress next to the FBM over Wallet Knowe. Descended via Bareback Knowe. 4X4 driving GOML from local estate told me I shouldn't have parked on the verge of the highway.andy30/05/2009
Solo Uisdean2512/09/2004
alone SheilaS29/08/2004
2nd Visit Feb 10 - easy under frost.fasgadh09/01/1995
Evening run up Windlestraw Law and Whitehope Law from Glentress.Eddie01/07/1993
Date unknown RHW01/01/1990
Tricky31/10/2019
iainwalton15/10/2019
iangpark14/08/2019
Fi07/07/2019
scoob07/07/2019
Colin Crawford05/07/2019
Blair28211/04/2019
49pp01/04/2019
PeterAH11/03/2019
Ben Rinnes06/02/2019
PGCE25/12/2018
interloper13/12/2018
nigheandonn28/10/2018