The Ettrick Valley was the destination for the 50+ Walking Group on Sunday. After leaving the cars at the Potburn road-end, the track, waymarked Bodesbeck Law – Ettrick Horseshoe, was followed up the forest path, before leaving it to cross the
The group then picked up the grassy path between the trees to reach Bodesbeck Col, which marks the regional boundary with Dumfriesshire. Crossing some very wet ground, they followed the fence to the summit of Fauldside Hill and then on to White Shank, with views into the Moffat valley and beyond opening up all around.
The way continued uphill to reach the summit of Capel Fell at 2,223ft, and lunch was enjoyed on the hillside with views down the valley and across to Ettrick Pen in the distance.
Dropping down to cross the Southern Upland Way, where it enters the Borders region, the slope of Wind Fell ahead looked daunting. An indistinct path was followed up the hillside but at this stage the weather had changed for the worse. On eventually reaching the top in heavy drizzle and limited visibility, the decision was taken to retreat down into the valley. On rejoining the SUW at Ettrick Head, they took the path through the woods and down to Over Phawhope bothy. The new forest road then saw them pass Potburn house (which is under restoration) back to the waiting cars. A walk of 8½ miles, with plans to return to complete the horseshoe on a better day.
Four members had an alternative walk in the Yarrowford area.
The next walk is on Sunday, August 16, to the Lammermuirs.