Walk: Baa Baa Black Hill

Scottish Borders | Earlston | Short walk | ★★★

[Sheep on the summit of Black Hill]

Thousands of hillwalkers flock to the Eildon Hills in the Scottish Borders each year, yet the region's other summits are seldom climbed. Black Hill is one of the neglected alternatives, gently topping out at 214 metres above sea level with a grassy cap overlying slopes of scree and heather. This ascent route starts to the west to utilise sections of Earlston's excellent local path network, but avoids the steepest aspects by approaching the summit from the east side. With no difficulties, you'll be gazing out across the green pastures of southern Scotland in two shakes of a lamb's tail...

[Looking southwest to the Eildon Hills from the summit]

📌 Walk: Baa Baa Black Hill ★★★
Start / finish at layby (don't block gate) on B6356 a mile south of Earlston, G.R.: NT 580372 ///swoop.votes.grab

▶ 4 km / 2 miles | ▲ 200 metres | ⌚ Short | Moderate
Summits: Black Hill (314 metres, sub-2000')
Terrain: Good paths and tracks for majority of the route; fainter for final ascent.

Route & map

Layby - Cowdenknowes Mains - traverse foot of hill to east side - summit by east slopes - return by outward route


Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track

On our visit

Wildlife: Scores of sheep on the summit, two birds of prey circling above. Horses at Cowdenknowes Mains. Lots of nearly ripe blackberries.
Weather: Hazy sunshine, light winds.

Chronological photo guide

[Black Hill from Cowdenknowes Mains]

[North side of the hill]

[Path around the north side]

[Looking east from the ascent]

[Approaching the summit]

[Sheep on the summit]

[Baa Baa Black Hill]

[Looking southwest to the Eildon Hills from the summit]

[Looking northeast]

[Looking northwest]

[The steep northern slopes are prettily heather-clad, but not recommended as a descent route!]

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