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