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Name:Black Hill
Hill number:1826
Height:314m / 1030ft
RHB Section:28A: Firth of Forth to the River Tweed
County/UA:Scottish Borders (UA)
Catchment:Tweed
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (300-399m), Yeaman
(Ma,Hu,Tu,3,Y)
Grid ref:NT 58549 37011
Summit feature:trig point
Drop:171m
Col:143m  NT611413  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 73 74
(1:25k) 338 339W
Survey:obvious summit
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 200 users)ByDate of Ascent
Quick bag from road, parked just south of entrance to Cowdenknowes Mains and followed waymarked trail parallel to farm track and climbed onto the hill, straight up the steep slopes of grass/stones to trig, great views from the top. Clear and sunny, afterwards drove around to Melrose and bagged the three Eildon Hills.DanTrig22/06/2019
Via the designated path from NT57963723.summitsup13/05/2019
Quick 1 hour climb from road. Great hill with great views.KevPalmer03/05/2019
Smailholm village to Smailholm Tower, on track to Westfield, Boghouse, Marchfield Plantation, Brotherstone Moor and Black Hill. Descend to the south beside the Leader Water to Earlston.palmersathome10/02/2019
From Cowdenknowes as described elsewhere. Expansive views.Clach Liath10/02/2019
White, Black, Redpath and Brotherstone hills from Earlston via paths and fields on a lovely sunny cold Winter's day. Easy across from White hill. You can see the obvious route.Thearlaichdubh10/12/2018
From near Fountainheads parked in small lay by opposite entrance to Cowdenknowes (The Stables) - Footpath signed to black hill - ascended the steep- side to reach summit and trig good views all around (rain showers come and go) - descended gentler slope then circled back through the woods. Pleasant area so we extended our walk along the Jubilee path (2012) following Leader water as far as Redpath then returned along the lane.briandavies07/10/2018
Followed standard path then tried to take OS mirage path to summit - ended up just a very steep grassy pull.. Returned by very pleasant green path down north east ridge leading all the way back to car.SS11/06/2018
From Swan pub in Earlston. Down Station Rd to derestrict sign, steps down to footpath network and a nice but longer walk to where most folk park their cars. Thereafter as others describe it. Hot, sunny and good views. Shallowest ascent from SE slope.iangalbraith28/05/2018
Good parking by gate for 3-4 cars (nt57933725)Good paths to hillside then went straight up grassy hillside.G0HIO16/05/2018
Solo jog up and down the signposted route.amswanston13/05/2018
Usual route up on the permissive path and then freestyle up the NW slope. Lots of whinnying going on at the farm, loads of freshly minted lambs. Came off too westerly, but no problem, crossed a field with a couple of uninterested horses and came to a gate onto the road about 200m south of the parking. Charming hill, shame about the grotty weather : strong northerly, misty, sleety.Owen B31/03/2018
A splendid hill. From the lay by below Cowdenknowes Mains. Muddy footpath and track to start, then direttissima up the north side of the hill, zigzagging around gorse and scree on easy steep grass. Fine views of the Eildon Hills from the top. Down towards the larch plantation on the W side is a bit less steep.Gill08/02/2018
Route as N.Morters.Chris Peart29/10/2017
3/3 Marilyn for today. From Cowdenknowes Mains. Small Layby at signpost waymarker along track. Works round the east side before final rise to summit. Farmer was moving sheep down the narrow track, I let the masses pass before going up.N.Morters24/06/2017
Bus Galshiels to Earlston then walk along road to permissive path. A very good wee hilltrimarc206/06/2017
Via Bavelaw Castle. Cool and overcast.Winterfloodian29/04/2017
Footpath to summit from roadside. Lovely 360 degree views. Solo.Dangerous Dave31/03/2017
From roadside parking following permissive path.rhalstead31/12/2016
Just follow the signposts from the road. Short, steep and grassy.Play2End25/09/2016
Parked on grass verge 579372. Walkers are discouraged from farm track, but farmer has kindly put in permissive path. Third Elidon comes into sight on summit. About an hour there and back. With Julie.David Evans24/09/2016
Met a guy from Pickering at the road lay-by. Chatted he ascended in 19 mins from road. For a small peak enjoyed the views, via/aqua duct and Eildons. Company: Soloiandesbottes17/05/2016
From parking place on B6356 at NT 5797 3723. Clear well maintained path to intake at 5825 3725 then a steady climb on grazing land to the trig. Met and chatted to iandesbottes when returned to car park. Ian told me he had visited Minch Moor earlier in the day so I went there later! Glad we met up, albeit briefly!G4OBK (Phil)17/05/2016
Parked on the roadside at 579372. Took just under the hour with GB. Very pleasant hill with great views.bolton11/12/2015
Small parking area on B6356 at NT57970 37233 NE along signposted permissive path & then turned right up track to foot of hill Steep climb to summit. (PM)gerrybowes11/12/2015
Self, Peter and dogInvicta1423/10/2015
Up track from nw and then grassy hillside. Gorgeous viewsvegibagger03/10/2015
Wanted to do this hill for the last 55 years. Did not disappoint. Parked in Earlston and walked along to the farm then followed the signposts. After the trig, carried on and completed the Earlston circuit.BigJ16/08/2015
Parked in the lay-by by Cowdenknowes Mains and followed the path to the foot of the hill. There were traces of a path up the steep slopes but the heavy rain compromised the enjoyment of this wee gem of a hill.Sprog27/05/2015
Could not find any evidence of the path marked on the 1:25,000 map. Short wet grass and loose moss made for an 'entertaining' descent!tim74718/03/2015
from NT579 372 through fields to the top, nice views.robertphillips18/01/2015
With Lorraine. Circular route via Georgefield, Whitefield and Cowdenknowes Mains.raffemeister23/12/2014
MCMartin6610/12/2014
Route as Dugswell 2. Nice easy hill - 50 minutes up and down.Crib Goch01/11/2014
Like most, we parked in the little slot on the B6356, went by Cowdenknowes Mains and round onto the summit ridge. Hazy but fine view to Melrose and the Eildon Hillspwheeler17/09/2014
Easily up from B6356AndrewFinnimore03/09/2014
AloneSpudGunn16/02/2014
2nd hill of day after 600th. Parked on B road and walked to Cowdenknowes mains farm on permissive path, right at farm to hill foot and steeply to top. Good linenordicstar10/12/2011
with Rick Salter and partyTopographer5710/12/2011
Parked at 580372 (13:50) and walked NE along signed footpath beside field and then path SE from farm to open country and steeply to top. Very pleasant hill, lovely day.dbb15/09/2011
Parking at NT57998 37200 with access to hill via own new footpath around horse paddocks then follow beech hedge to get to base of steep climb on this lovely hill on bright + breezy late afternoon.Dugswell227/03/2010
Revisit. Fine steep hill, lovely summit and view. Quick bag at first light before joining a friend for a canter round Broughton Heights. Waymarked path from 578373, NE then SERHW15/11/2009
Approached directly from NW, then back down via Cowdenknowes Mains, where two small dogs made a harmless nuisance of themselves.agentmancuso09/04/2009
From W skirting wood. Then horrible steep ascent through gorse and scree.Aye Jimmy25/02/2009
Galltywenallt31/12/2006
Solo hill run Uisdean2503/11/2006
Parked car on B6356 almost at the junction of the private road at Cowdenknowes, where there was a little verge. Followed obvious lane leading to foot of hill. Nice views from top.Jhimmy17/09/2006
Excellent Hill. Parked at NT598382 and followed the obvious path all the way to the topM0ZZO14/08/2006
http://tomread.co.ukm1eyp14/08/2006
great views of the EildonsSJ11/05/2006
KeithByTheC22/06/2003
Parked on the B6356 and walked up past the settlement of Cowdenknowes Mains. Taking the track out to the SE from there brought us to open countryside. A steep climb then followed to reach the fort at the top of the hill.garyhoney14/06/2003
Up from track with skylarks singing.Eddie16/04/2002
At end of muddy bridal path 625' up a steep hillside to top at 14.50.arranc01/09/2000
Date is first visit. Notes from later...lovely summit & view, no access problems encountered. (1) gate on B6356 @ 579372, cross paddock to far gate, then open slope (2) waymarked trail to start of track RHW10/09/1999
Ran up and down in shorts and bare top -sweaty . On way to Edinburgh Airport for flight to Ecuador (via Amsterdam). Worried about being late -unnecessarily.Chris Pearson24/07/1999
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