Hazelgill Knott

Hazelgill Knott

Hazelgill Knott is the highest point of a long ridge descending north from The Calf and which separates the valleys of Langdale and Bowderdale.

Height (m): 578
Height (ft): 1896
Prominence (m): 42
Classification: Dewey
Hill No: 3584
Grid Ref: SD672996
OS Map OL19
No. of Visits 1

The hill takes its name from Hazel Gill, a stream whose source is about 800ft from the summit and which drops steeply down into Bowderdale. Other nearby gills include Woofler Gill and Ram’s Gill that also feed Bowderdale Beck, and Wolflea Gill and Deep Gill that feed Langdale Beck.

Hazelgill Knott with Hazel Gill clearly seen
Hazelgill Knott with Hazel Gill clearly seen

Steep-sided with a rounded grassy top Hazelgill Knott is a typically Howgillian fell. However, whereas most Howgill summits manage to conjure up at least a handful of stones as a summit cairn, the top of Hazelgill Knott is completely unmarked – or at least it was when I last visited the summit in 2010.

On the unmarked summit of Hazelgill Knott
On the unmarked summit of Hazelgill Knott

With higher ground to the west, east and south the view is not quite as panoramic as some of its neighbours. It is however a good place for appraising the likes of Simon’s Seat, Yarlside and The Calf.

Hazelgill Knott from Randygill Knott
Hazelgill Knott from Randygill Knott

The walk along the ridge is a grand one. As with West Fell and Langdale Knott to the north the views tend to favour the Langdale side.

Hazelgill Knott above upper Langdale
Hazelgill Knott above upper Langdale

From the north there are two routes on to the ridge, from Gaisgill via the mucky Cowbound Lane, or from the bridleway heading south from Bowderdale Foot. From the south the ridge is gained by a clear track descending from The Calf. Alternatively Hazelgill Knott can be climbed directly, if steeply, from either Langdale or Bowderdale.

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