Langdale Knott

Langdale Knott

Langdale Knott is the most northerly summit of the long ridge descending north from The Calf which divides Langdale and Bowderdale.

Height (m): 477
Height (ft): 1565
Prominence (m): 36
Classification: Four
Hill No: 16353
Grid Ref: NY659020
OS Map OL19
No. of Visits 1

Whereas West Fell and Hazelgill Knott to the south sit on the main ridge between the two valleys, Langdale Knott is actually the highest point of a subsidary ridge that descends north-west from West Fell. While the flanks of Langdale Knott drop steeply down to Langdale to the south and south-west, to the north-east the slopes are much gentler above the head of Birk Gill.

Looking back to Langdale Knott from West Fell
Looking back to Langdale Knott from West Fell

The most practical route on to Langdale Knott is from Gaisgill in the north. Unfortunately this does mean having to brave the unholy mixture of mud and cow pats, not to mention the cows themselves, on Cowbound Lane. Thankfully once Cowbound Lane is passed the going is much more enjoyable.

Langdale Knott from the top of Cowbound Lane
Langdale Knott from the top of Cowbound Lane

I don’t recall there being any features of note on the summit. The Database of British Hills says that two metres from the highest point there are a couple of large stones. I’d have to go back again to check this out and get a proper photo.

Langdale Knott from Uldale End
Langdale Knott from Uldale End

As with all the fells in the Howgills the view is a good one, especially to the north where there is an uninterrupted view north over the Orton Fells towards the North Pennines. It is also worth walking a hundred feet or so north of the highest point to get a fine view up the valley of Langdale.

The view of Langdale from Langdale Knott
The view of Langdale from Langdale Knott

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