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Name:Loch Fell
Hill number:1869
Height:688m / 2257ft
Parent (Ma):1865  Ettrick Pen
RHB Section:28B: The River Tweed to the English Border
Donald area:Ettrick Hills
County/UA:Dumfries and Galloway (UA)
Catchment:Annan, Catchment Boundaries, Esk (Gretna)
Class:Hump, Simm, Donald, Graham Top, Yeaman
Grid ref:NT 17038 04730
Summit feature:no feature: ground N of fence and 22m NE of trig point
Col:564m  NT173059  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 79
(1:25k) 330
Observations:summit 30-40cm higher than base of trig point
Survey:Abney level
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 209 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Parked at road end and set off at 06:15 by moonlight with a temperature of-4C. Ettrick Pen (beautiful sunrise), Hopetoun Craig, Wind Fell, West Knowe, Loch Fell, Scaw'd Fell, Gateshaw Rig, Croft Head (met a badger), Capel Fell, Smidhope Hill, White Shank. Returned at 14:45.PGCE19/11/2019
From Selcoth- signposted RoW, exciting path high up in super valley scenery. When we got to the SUW we went up it until it levels out then steeply up via West Knowe to Loch Fell. With Pete, fine day warm getting hazy.pwheeler20/09/2019
Deserted on sunny bank holiday Monday. Up from Selcoth, to pick upWest Knowe and Loch Fell. Back over Croft Head. With B and R.jenx26/08/2019
White Shank, Smidhope Hill, Capel Fell, Loch Fell (camped overnight by summit), West Knowe, Broken Back, circuit from Bodesbeck.RobertP29/06/2019
From Lamblair Knowe. Reached the summit in almost darkness, the full red moon turning to yellow as it rose above the haze. Headed for West Knowe and decided to call it a day and sleep under the stars at the col.Wycombe Wanderer19/04/2019
CK SheilaS30/12/2018
Parked at end of public road at 18909 & up Ettrick Pen, Hopetoun Craig & Wind Fell. From Wind Fell, path/ATV track down to Windfell Nick - Steep climb out of col & then faint ATV track over good terrain to the trig point. Continued to West Knowe, Capel Fell, Smidhope Hill & White Shank. (S)gerrybowes21/07/2018
Using track from SelcothAndrewFinnimore23/05/2018
Solo; P nr Potburn, walked past Over Phawhope along SUW to Ettrick Head then rising traverse to col between Wind and Loch Fells and S up ridge to trig pillar of Loch Fell. Continued to West Knowe. Rained from P, becoming heavier as height gained; blowing strongly from W. First visit was solo on 10/10/2015.jacobus14/10/2017
Second of the day. Had a wee rest after a very steep ascent. Great views.Play2End06/10/2017
Followed fence in thick cloud up long grassy ridge to trig. With Eire, Evan, Sail, Danu, Coel & Alfie.Dangerous Dave29/07/2017
Easy, from Wind Fell on round of four Marilyns.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
Sandwich time at 9.00 a.m. Walked for 2 hours, very peaceful up here. Minor track to follow with fence for company. Good views from here. Company: Soloiandesbottes25/03/2016
Solo; continuation of walk over Wind Fell down to WF Nick and up N ridge of LF. Turned NW to go to West Knowe. Good weather continued.trienbrae10/10/2015
Moffat-Oakrigg-Yadburgh Hill-Scaw'd Fell-Ewelairs Hill-Loch Fell-West Knowe-Wind Fell-Hopetoun Craig-Ettrick Pen-Over Phawhopecampagvelocet11/08/2015
Revisit from Selcoth en route to a few 5Ds & minor tops.agentmancuso02/07/2015
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
With Jon, EUHWC Burns' Weekend, Moffat.Grinner17/01/2015
A round of 5 Donalds from Selcoth. With Gavin.MorecambeMonkey15/11/2014
With Ettrick Pennickywood109/11/2014
Part of a round of 15 tops from Phawhope Bothy - Ettrick Pen to Herman Law with diversions. Miserable weatherdickscroop05/04/2014
From Dryfe Water to S. Exit via Ettrick Head. On a through route.Chris Peart28/03/2014
round of 2 grahams and 4 new donalds from the fish farm deep snow.robertphillips20/12/2013
Circuit from Glen Ettrick road endrjf3504/08/2013
clockwise circuit of Ettrick Pen hills tumps humps n tops plus Croft head and Capel Fellvegibagger30/07/2013
MC DCMartin6601/12/2012
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
Started from Ettrick Head. A long day taking in twelve tops.thenomad27/11/2012
Dry, overcast, warm, good views, with Amy.iangalbraith15/09/2012
After Croft Head on good grass to flattish summit.Dugswell230/08/2012
Included in Ettrick horse shoe.Roblex05/06/2012
Selcoth, Croft Head, Loch Fellborderterrier25/02/2012
Continued on from Wind Fell.Alan16/06/2011
10th hill of day. Dropped down SW from Wind Fell to saddle and climbed up NNE spur of Loch Fell.derekblackburn14/06/2011
Trig revisit. From W, Selcoth Burn. My old LR78 shows a path S side of burn - bit of a vague start but well defined higher up with some fine scenery, despite cloud and, later on, drizzle. Headed E then S for a few Donald Dewey summits then back to Selcoth path via the SUW.RHW25/04/2010
from Wind. Retrieved pack followed fence line down to a col and up on long buggy track by fence to top at 10.50. trig 7704. 4 fences meet nearby. No cairn, but rising heave of grass is probably the highest point. To West Knowe.arranc11/09/2009
Solo Uisdean2509/10/2004
From Over Phawhope, Ettrick Pen & anti-clockwise round to West Knowe then back down SUW. Staying at Black Dwarf's Cottage.agentmancuso27/08/2003
Ascended after climbing Ettrick Pen.JohnW27/07/1995
Early morning Donald round from West Knowe to Croft Head.Eddie13/04/1993
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