Name:Ettrick Pen
Hill number:1865
Height:691.8m / 2270ft
RHB Section:28B: The River Tweed to the English Border
Donald area:Ettrick Hills
County/UA:Scottish Borders, Dumfries and Galloway
Catchment:Catchment Boundaries, Esk (Gretna), Tweed
Watershed:Tweedmouth, Ardnamurchan Point to Lowestoft, Cardiff to Cape Wrath, Dover to Cape Wrath, Lowestoft to Duncansby Head, Land's End to John o' Groats, Solway Firth, The Lizard to Dunnet Head
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Simm, Graham, Donald,
Grid ref:NT 19991 07635
Summit feature:large cairn
Col:335.5m  NT 2018 1605  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 79
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Croft Head, Loch Fell, Wind Fell, Hopetoun Craig, Ettrick Pen, Bodesbeck Law, White Shank, Smidhope Hill and Capel Fell from Selcothhummusg19/02/2024
Climbed Ettrick Pen from the Ettrick Road End via Over Phawhope, Wind Hill and Hopetoun Craig. Descent direct back to car with a river crossing.jigglybones29/10/2023
From parking area at end of public road in Ettrick Glen. Up forest track past the Pawhope Bothy onto western slopes of EP and up to top. 1st in clockwise circuit of the Ettrick Hills.Jossker16/10/2023
Parked at the end of the long lane from Ettrick. Quick inspection of the bothy and then the climb up Ettrick Pen, the 2 easy hits of Hopetoun Craig and Wind Fell. Up to Loch Fell and West Knowe. A steep descent down to the sheep pen and then along the SUW to cross the stream and then Capel Fell, Smidhope Hill, White Shank and back down to the car.tsharp20/07/2023
3 of 4: From Hopetoun Craig. Then down to Over Phawhope and SUW back over Croft Head. With Karen.ChrisR24/05/2023
Bus to Nether Cassock then out tracks to quarry at NT 203060 where an unmarked track leads to open hill and atv to Ettrick Pen. Along ridge over Hopetoun Craig and Wind Fell then on to West Knowe and Loch Fell. Return to Samye-Ling for bus via tracks passing Kiddamhill.SS19/04/2023
Sailfoot - Capel Fell - White Shank - Potburn - Ettrick Pen - Loch Fell - Croft Head - Sailfootdavidpettit8407/04/2023
Circuit of Marilyns and tops from Sailforth. 4 of 6thekirkie pirate13/11/2022
In cloud unfortunately for the time we were up on top here but it did clear quite nicely for a while by the time we made it over to Wind Fell.Alex C29/10/2022
From Ettrick road end, past bothy, up forest road and path to summit. With JR, SS, & AC.Minto29/10/2022
Round of 4 from Fishery to N. 2/4. Good to mee 4 from RHSoc on summit and share the route back for a bit.davechaffey29/10/2022
From road end for a round of White Shank, Smidhope Hill, Capel Fell, Wind Fell, Hopetoun Craig and Ettrick Pen.rhalstead08/10/2022
With L & RJanet M19/09/2022
Parked at end of public road near Potburn for the Ettrick Horseshoe. Counter clockwise taking in White Shank, Smidhope Hill and Capel Fell. I wasn't looking forward to the outlier of Croft Head, but the ascent up West Knowe, was worse, as there is decent zig zag path up Cat Shoulder. From it was easy over Loch Fell, Wind Fell then Hopetoun Craig and one final pull up Ettrick Pen. Which had the first proper summit feature of the whole day, a large cairn. Dropped down to the NW to pick up the forestry track, then past Over Phawhope bothy and back to the car 8hrs after setting off.chillyman831/07/2022
Started from the turning circle at the end of the minor road leading to the head of the Ettrick valley and followed the SMC route taking in the summits of Ettrick Pen, Hopetoun Craig, Wind fell, Loch fell, West Knowe, Croft head, Capel fell, Smidhope hill and White shank. A tough and long walk taking seven and half hours for the Twelve and half mile with 4000ft of ascent. Route finding was generally easy following fencing but a brutal descent of West Knowe is needed to reach the valley floor.WAYNE ROWLETT01/05/2022
Ettrick Head Horseshoe is a great walk for wide open views in lots of directions across to hills by Grey Mares Tail, Cheviots, Pennines, Lake District, Criffle, Dumfries and Galloway and Lead Hills. 10 miles. Start at the end of the road past Ettrick. Up White Shank, Smidhope Hill, Capel Fell, Wind Fell, Hopetoun Crag, Ettrick Pen. Did not see anyone all day, with Sally.Victor09/04/2022
Parked at Ettrick public road end at 1892 0926 (space for four cars). Along SUW to check out the bothy at Over Phawhope. Big sitting room with two comfy couches, stove, coal, kindling. Not too shabby. Then west along SUW to link up with our previously completed section at the bottom of Cat Shoulder. With that done we returned via the hills - up Wind Fell from Ettrick Head. Great views. Over Hopetoun Craig (impressive cairn) and up Ettrick Pen. Descended directly to bothy. Clear paths all the way. No bogs, fences, cows. Just 9 miles, 2100ft ascent.Toby-and-Dion18/09/2021
Descent down near forestry plantation.johninthehills04/09/2021
From roadhead parking 1k before Potburn. Up track past bothy on n side of Entertrona Burn, then up mostly grassy west ridge. KeithByTheC01/08/2021
From turning circle at road before Potburn, walking on track past Potburn to Over Phawhope, then along tracks to E, becoming intermittent path, to summit of Ettrick Pen, continuing over summits Hopetoun Craig, Wind Fell, Loch Fell, West Knowe, then steep pathless descent to sheepfold on col to NW, climb up good zig-zag path to Croft Head, return to sheepfold, NE along Southern Upland Way to the col at Ettrick Head, then NW along fence line to Capel Fell, continuing by fence and wall to Smidhope Hill and White Shank, descending through rough grassland around edge of forestry to Potburn and back to turning circlekdbennett15/07/2021
With David Alexander. From end of road (9:25) in patchy sunshine, walked past Over Phawhope bothy and up track to end. Path continued but very faint higher up. Continued from summit to head of valley over Hopetoun Crag and Wind Fell, then back down SUW to car (13:00) just as rain started.dbb26/04/2021
From end of public road at Potburn, SUW to NT 1779 0668, then handy break up through well-spaced conifers for Wind Fell -> Hopetoun Craig then across to here. On to Dob's Craig -> Phawhope Kips for a 9 mile round.jonglew05/04/2021
Parked at Ettrick road end for a mop-up circuit of Ewelairs Hill, Ruegill Head, Pot Hill, Jock's Shoulder, Lamblair Knowe, Dob's Craig, Ettrick Pen and Pot Law.PGCE18/03/2021
From Potburn in Ettrick valley; afterwards via Wind Hill to Capel Fell.IanHHill22/10/2020
Parked at the end of the public road. Past Potburn and Over Phawhope bothy to end of track directly west of summit. Brief chat with 2 stalkers at the bothy. Direct to the top over surprisingly reasonable ground. Headed to Hopetoun Craig and the other 6 on this clockwise walk. Solo.bolton20/08/2020
Solo. From end of public road at NT189093. Up track above Over Phawhope Bothy to its end, then continuation footpath before joining west ridge of Ettrick Pen above new trees to get to Summit. Continued to Hopetoun Craig and Wind Fell. A beautiful sunny day with far-reaching views from the summit.pwbellarby08/08/2020
Solo trip. Western slopes above Over Phawhope bothy now planted with baby pine trees; the normal route will not be possible in a few years' time.Invicta1416/07/2020
Parked just up forestry track then followed track to Lamb Craig then up last fb to ridge and on to Dob's Craig. Across to Ettrick Pen and return by Over Cassock. Surprisingly enough saw nobody!SS07/06/2020
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
Circuit from Potburn via Over Phawhope: Ettrick Pen, Dob's Craig (with a rising traverse back to the main ridge), Hopetoun Craig, Wind Fell with its idiosyncratic summit marker, Capel Fell, Smidhope Law, White Shanks, descending between the burn and the forestry to the track just West of Over Phawhope. A fox led the way on the ascent from Over Phawhope, and hail and snow showers alternated with bright Autumn sunshine.Nick Down126/10/2019
With Ikuko a long day over three Marilyns. Good clear weather for my No 600!!GWR Chris21/05/2019
Pleasant stroll from Potburn past bothy.willyross15/05/2019
17:30, very warm, hazy, from end of road near Potburn. Constant roar of jets. On to Dob's Craig.Wycombe Wanderer19/04/2019
From Selcoth, with three other Marilyns (+ 2 non-Marilyn Donalds). Breezy, some sunshine, cold. Time excludes breaks. Rounsfell23/03/2019
Parked at Potburn then walked hill via Over Phawhope bothy, glorious weather for February.alanm927/02/2019
Long walk in from road end at NT 189092 > Potburn > Over Phawhope Bothy > then via 1915 0760 before turning north east to climb. Quad track found and path leading to the summit. Operated ham radio for SOTA on short wave from summit as GM4OBK/P.G4OBK (Phil)03/01/2019
CK SheilaS30/12/2018
Started at fish farm, and reached Ettrick Pen via Croft Head, Wind Fell and Hopetoun Craig. Dropped down the west ridge to the bothy. Lots of forestry work in area including felling and new planting. After bothy took SU path back to Ettrick Head, then up grassy slopes to Capel Fell. Did not linger due to gale blowing so continued WNW back to start using forestry roads and picking up Sailfoot Law on the way, albeit with a small diversion. Very enjoyable.trimarc225/09/2018
From Capel Fell via Ettrick Head, Wind Fell and Hopetoun Crag as round of 3 Grahams. Windy and chilly so kept on the move. Return to Ettrick Head and back to bridge via SUW. Cracking day.MichaelF25/09/2018
Parked at end of road, on to bothy, track up hill and it goes up beyond to about 540m. Overcast but warm and breezyiangalbraith05/08/2018
Parked at end of public road at 189093 - Along forest tracks to the 5 Star Over Phawhope bothy & then up to end of forest track which goes up through gap in forest - Picked up good path/track on to W. spur & up to summit cairn. Continued to Hopetoun Craig, Wind Fell, Loch Fell, West Knowe, Capel Fell, Smidhope Hill & White Shank. (S)gerrybowes21/07/2018
From end of public road Ettrick valley. Followed Southern Uplands Way to Over Phawhope then track up Ettrick Pen over Wind Fell a Donald. Not easy to work out which bump is which hill. Down to Ettrick Head along fairly boggy SUW to excellent zig zag path up Croft Head. Back almost to Ettrick Head & followed fence to Capel Fell summit. 7 hours 35 in snow.rogreeves06/04/2018
Fourth of the day. Long descent to the Bothy.Play2End06/10/2017
Parking area at end of road just before Potburn. Over the bridge by Over Phawthorpe Bothy and followed path up to summit. With Eire, Evan, Sail, Danu, Coel & Alfie.Dangerous Dave29/07/2017
Round of four Marilyns from Ettrick Water road head. Straight up from the low point of the road just past the parking as the forestry has been felled. Minor difficulty crossing Ettrick Water.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
Alone, round of Ettrick.Grinner11/09/2016
From Longhope Burn bridge via Over Phawhopem0jla25/05/2016