Ettrick Head

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Although not unduly long this is an exposed and relatively strenuous

walk covering five summits of over 2,000 feet/600 metres. Paths at the lower levels are good and generally distinct, but at higher levels are often no more than sheep or quad bike tracks. The walk starts bypassing through the right hand gate and taking the track up to the saddle between White Shank and Bodesbeck Law. (Please note that there is no bridge over the Longhope Burn and it may be difficult to cross in times of flood). From here you turn left and head south following the boundary wall/fence over White Shank and Capel Fell

before dropping down to Ettrick Head. The Southern Upland Way intersects the walk here that you would leave the Way and head up to Capel Fell or Wind Fell. To continue the walk, follow the boundary fence uphill over Wind Fell and Craig Head to the top of Ettrick Pen (the highest point of the walk, where on a good day you will be rewarded with superb views of the surrounding countryside). On leaving the summit continue to follow the boundary fence north-west for approximately 300 yards then leave the fence line and head due west to descend the west ridge ( in clear weather the line of descent is towards the

summit of White Shank in the distance) to the Entertrona burn where you will pick up a track that will lead down to Over Phawhope and from there back to the start.

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