The Knott

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The Knott
The Knott from Rampsgill Head
Range: Lake District Far Eastern Fells
Summit: 2,425 feet NY436127
54°30’23"N, 2°52’21"W

The Knott is a fell in the Lake District, standing above Hayeswater in the Far Eastern Fells. It is in Westmorland, and is an outlier of Rampsgill Head, being the high point of the ridge from there to Rest Dodd.


The ridge from Rampsgill Head travels north westerly, with The Knott protruding from the south west side. The topography here is unusual, with Well Gill flowing along the top of the broad ridge for nearly half a mile, before finally running down the south western flank as Sulphury Gill.

The small reservoir of Hayeswater lies below The Knott on this flank, at the bottom of steep scree slopes. A deep gully runs down the fellside from just south of the summit. Viewed from this side The Knott is an impressive conical summit, although its inferiority to Rampsgill Head is apparent from other directions. The north eastern side of the ridge falls over rough ground to the head of Rampsgill in the Martindale basin.

After passing Sulphury Gill, the ridge continuing from The Knott turns northward to the rounded dome of Rest Dodd.


The summit is grassy with a small cairn and a ridgeline wall passes within a few yards. The view west is good with all of the 3,000 feet tops in sight. Ullswater can also be seen and Hayeswater and Brothers Water can be brought into view by moving a little to the south west.[1]


The usual route of ascent is from Hartsop by way of Hayeswater. An old zig-zag climbs from just below the tarn although, predictably, more modern walkers have felt a need to cut the corners. A good path leads south from The Knott, by way of the slopes of Rampsgill Head, to High Street.


  1. Wainwright, Alfred: A Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells, Book Two — The Far Eastern Fells (1957)