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Name:Ward Law
Hill number:1916
Height:594m / 1949ft
RHB Section:28B: The River Tweed to the English Border
Donald area:Ettrick Hills
County/UA:Scottish Borders (UA)
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Dodd (500-599m), Donald Dewey, Yeaman
Grid ref:NT 26235 15950
Summit feature:ground by very large cairn
Col:436m  NT241162  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 79
(1:25k) 330
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 151 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
From Ettrick church. Crossed Kirk Burn low down, before the last house (the fence is very low and the burn is fairly easy to cross). Then up to first cairn over short grass, and slightly rougher going to the summit.PGCE27/02/2020
Climbed from the school in Ettrick. Simple walk up with fine views. 1 hour up and downSimon Winton06/02/2020
A very large cairn for a relatively wee hill.summitter15/08/2019
From start of track SW of Hopehouse. Followed track to NT 27232 16085, then up fire break in trees on buggy track to large cairn and then to bigger cairn on summit.Lionel Bidwell07/07/2019
Parked at Ettrick Church. Up path to gate then small path along side of Kirk Burn to good crossing point. Directly up short grass to first cairn then on to summit cairn. Being a traditionalist, had to use my limited climbing skills to touch top of tall cairn. Back same way, 73 minutesCoinneach01/04/2019
I went up from the triangle road junction at 271145. Bad route, no grass for the most part, a rough land climb. I came down to the sheepfold at 262152 ending at the back of waht looks like social housing - no exit there near sheepfolds - came out on to road at bridge for burn 2645 1443. Wish I had gone up from there and come back the same way on grass rather than moor. Plentiful parking at former school or memorial hall near to where I came down to the road. Operated ham radio on summit for SOTA on short wave using Morse (GM4OBK/P).G4OBK (Phil)03/01/2019
From turning place at end of road near Potburn. Potburn, Pot Law, Bodesbeck Law, Nowtrig Head, Mid Rig, Bell Craig, Andrewhinney Hill, Trowgrain Middle, Herman Law, Peniestone Knowe, Ward Law, Tushielaw Inn. 1/8 cloud, light breeze, 21C. With PM.CJM10/10/2018
From Peniestone with CM. 10th and last of day. Good underfoot most of the way. Made big mistake by heading directly east to Hopehouse on south side of deer fence. Had to climb over to reach forest road that is not on maps and then head directly down Thirlestone Hill to the farm at Thirlestanehope. Headed back to Tushielaw Inn.bolton10/10/2018
Loch of the Lowes car park at 238204 & up Fall Law, Shepherdscleuch Rig & Cowan’s Croft. From Cowan’s Croft, followed intermittent faint path alongside deer fence to the summit cairn. To descend, over ladder stile & picked up a well-used ATV track which headed over to Rig Head & down to col - SUW & then good track down to Loch of the Lowes & along shoreline back to car. (S)gerrybowes21/06/2018
From Glen Cafe south of loch and up track to Peniestone Knowe. Dropped to col and up by fence then deer fence to Ward Law's large cairn. Back along fence line to Cowan's Croft then down to col and up to Shepherdscleugh Rig. Back to Captains Road (horrid) then up firebreak to Fall Law in its haven surrounded by trees. Back down to track to end of forest then up The Wiss coming down by west ridge to Tibbie Shiels Inn. Sun shone all day - great walk.SS21/04/2018
From Honey Cottage Campsite, up the forest road from 290161, 2k to hairpin bend, then down to the col, over the deer fence gate and straight up to the summit. Sleety and very cold NE wind.NormanW31/03/2018
Took a direct line from Cowans Croft. This was rough going. The whole area round Shepherdscleugh has had a lot of tree planting which is not shown on the map. Went easily down NE to the cairn and then down to a new forest road.Alan Moore30/11/2017
From Ettrick Kirk. Get across the Kirk Burn and onto good ground as soon as possible to avoid steep and rough reascent. Then ascend the south face to the 500m cairn and up the SW ridge. HP is on north side of a deer fence but there is a stile.Topographer5704/11/2017
Parked Hopehouse caravan park yard, with permission. Up Captains path, very poor condition. Left on forest road to 450m. Then path through trees up to cairn. Sunny on top, then rained off. Mild but cold wind, good views.iangalbraith30/09/2017
Parked opposite Glen Café on side of Loch of Lownes - Southern Uplands Way (SUW)- Wester Rig - The Wiss (& trig) - Longmoor End - Captains Road to Cown Croft - crossed Murt Grain and Yoke Burn to Ward Law (with its deer fence and squared stone cairn) - Ramsey Knowe - Rigg Head - SUW - Track down to Riskenhope and then along shore of Loch of Lownes.briandavies29/04/2017
Intended to this earlier in the day, but Ettrick Church road was heaving with cars. They have a service 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month, and it was Easter Sunday. Came back later in the afternoon. Crossed Kirk Burn about 50 metres from the last enclosed area. Grazed my shin. On the way down I found a much better path fording the stream only about 50 metres further on. Apart from that, straightforward slog up initially steep grassy slopes.Owen B16/04/2017
Very soft ground on the way from Cowans Croft to Ward Law. Soft but not sodden. Good summit with commanding views.cumbria mammoth05/03/2017
From Ettrick Church...easy track up to shieling then cross burn and slope to summit. Topped by huge carn and fence. Damp and cloudy summitN.Morters18/02/2017
From Hopehouse, via Thirlestane Hill. The OS map is horribly out of date: this approach runs through a huge young forest not on the map. It's still possible to follow an old ATV track through the christmas trees all the way to Ward Law, but it's hard going through lush vegetables. Onwards via Ramsey Knowe and Cowan's Croft is a lovely easy stroll, and on via the Captain's path to the Wiss. Returning via the Captain's path is awful through the forest (quagmire), but new forest roads in the Hopehouse glen give a fast descent via Thirlestanehope.Gill04/12/2016
Parked in small layby on east bound side of road near Scabcleuch Farm at NT 24707 14407. Set off in pouring rain which changed to driving snow above 500m but a worthy cairn at the summit.SteveSmith03/12/2015
from lay by 400m west of ettrick up over steep ground to the massive cairn, nice views.robertphillips21/02/2015
Up path by Thirlestane Burn past grouse butts and on to summitAndrewFinnimore02/09/2014
Took new forest track on S flank of Thirlestane Hill, which goes up to the 450m bealach. Thence via nascent firebreak to cairn on NE ridge and easily to the top.Chris Peart25/03/2014
from newish forestry rd at 293 163 which I could see from Cacra Hill. simple and obvious route to top. Fine viewpoint, though cloudy to NE. Next Law KneissThearlaichdubh13/10/2013
From Ettrick Church up right of way track heading initially towards Craig Hill. Crossed Kirk Burn at NT25435 15131 at annoyingly deep and steep ravine. Ascended via large cairn half way up looking initially like summit. Huge cairn at summit. Ground just to SW of cairn looks higher than base of cairn. Descended, crossing burn further uphill at 25267 15361. Not much easier. Probably better to cross much lower. Direct ascent crossing burn immediately above church may be best - but would involve negotiating private land and walls and fences.silverhow08/09/2013
From Tibbie Shiels w Jenx, cold crisp morning, -4C. Up Southern Upland Way, cut left to gain ridge and Wiss summit. On to Turner Cleugh then ridge to Ward Law. Over Shepherdscleugh Rig, detour to Fall Law then onto Cowan's Croft. Topped out on Ward Law and then back by SUW to Tibbie Shiels.nordicstar01/12/2012
Parked near George V post box of old post office which shut in 1990 to SE of summit. Relatively easy ascent up tract and longish grass + bracken at times. Summit fence has been upgraded to what appears on current photo. Will send the current one to Des.!!Dugswell211/08/2012
From Tibbie Shiels via SUW, Captain's Road & over Cowan's Croft.agentmancuso14/07/2012
Started ascent on track from church - then headed uphill. Good summit views.JohnW01/05/2012
Hill run.Man of Kernow128/11/2009
From Ettrick Church, path NW until slopes on R have to be climbed. Huge well-built cairn on top. Couple of other smaller but well built cairns on this hill.Aye Jimmy07/06/2008
Part of a circular route involving Ward Law, Turner Cleuch Law and The Wiss from starting point of Tibbie Shiels Inn. Only difficulty was double barbed wire crossing a wall next to Tushielaw Burn.Jhimmy16/07/2005
Solo Uisdean2523/04/2005
From farm. On tarred access road and good bridal path above the upper farm buildings by side of stream to rough pasture with sheep and cattle and final fence to moor. Trudge through swamp and tall grasses to a prominent stone man and 1/2 m further to top at 10.00. Massive 4' square 12' tall stone man.arranc22/09/2002
From Etterickhil via Craig Hill.Eddie29/03/2002
fine ascent, fine steep grassy hill. ettrick 271145, straight up & down RHW17/05/1999
Sick Kid08/02/2020
Susan Bidwell07/07/2019
Dee Rogers07/07/2019