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Name:Top o' Cow
Hill number:16783
Height:166m / 545ft
Parent (Ma):2819  Winter Hill
RHB Section:36: Lancashire, Cheshire & the Southern Pennines
County/UA:Bolton (UA)
Catchment:Mersey
Class:Tump (100-199m), Clem
(Tu,1,Cm)
Grid ref:SD 69544 06512
Summit feature:no feature: track 125m E of trig point
Drop:57m
Col:109m  SD635104  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 109
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 57 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
bagged while cycling from carrington to wigan along with greenheysThe-Z-Man03/06/2019
Parked down Westfield Road a few steps from Cow Lanre. Up the lane to the summit opposite the water works.moorsman08/03/2019
Parked at Cuthbert Street to the north SD695068. Easy amble up to the summit.David Evans04/03/2019
Walked up Cow Lane to summitRamblingpaul07/12/2018
with Andy up Cow lane to high point but not the trigcolinfielding27/09/2018
Walked at least 300yds up Cow Lane to HP. With Colin.bevandy11427/09/2018
Parked on close to N and followed track up. HP of track seemed to be a pile of some kind just past gates to reservors. Then backtracked and took path to trig, which is accessed via gap in hedge just before it. OS obviously don't think so but I'd swear the ground in field around 100m to W of trig is actually higher.Wheelsy09/08/2018
Parked on side street and walked up track 2 mins from the highest part of the trackWayne Mac21/06/2018
Residential parking to N. Muddy FP. Higher ground within compound, which is accessible, but probably not natural. Recognized HP seems to be a grassy mound on E side of compound. With Carole Engel on a Christmas day round of 13 hills and a pile of pillars.jonglew25/12/2017
Fencing lifted at NE corner allowing access to compoundcarole engel25/12/2017
P Westfield Rd. Up Cow Lane. Underwhelmed.chrisbien07/12/2017
1st of 2 hills today en-route to Clitheroe with Lesley; Lesley laughed out aloud at the nondescript nature of the summit. We parked in Westfield road and walked up to top of the track and the grassy knoll besides then down again. I espied that somebody had pulled up the fencing at the bottom and stuck a stick in to keep it in place so I duly crawled under this at SD69513 06589 to actually visit the probably man-made top too next to the Water tower service steps (locked up) before proceeding back to the car to continue our journey to Clitheroe and its Castle.Dazingdale14/10/2017
Parked on Westfield Road. Walked up Cow Lane. Past water works turn right, turn right againLongwojo11/08/2017
Parked on Westfield Road, near the end of Cow Lane. Visited the trackside high point, the trig - until this point, proceedings had been dry-shod, but stilts would have been helpful here -, and a sapling on the bank between the nearby reedy pool and the United Utilities fence, which looks as if could be a contender for the high point.Nick Down115/03/2017
Parked on the southern road but walked up to the north one to make a nice circular wanderbardolph05/02/2017
Frequently read trig logs before visit. Not this time and decided didn't need to change into wellingtons and probably trainers ok. Mistake. Back to car and return with protected feet. Rename this summit trig 'Bolton quagmire' S2799 it's FB 'date'apart from being Alan Dawson's 47th on his trig walk of life, my Jamie,aka Trig Pillocksson was one day old!vegibagger30/12/2016
Went to trig and summit of path. There is a compound with an unscaleable fence around it between the two.clivevilla09/10/2016
From rd to south. Good views.mart079716/08/2016
Good view.Moorponder14/07/2016
From Westfield Rd. Great vantage point.Campbell Singer03/06/2016
We time our ascent to miss the vicious stormy showers sweeping in. From the main road we take FP between the houses following the hedge and field edge (but its very boggy in places) - we visit the trig first then the track (summit to the east) then quickly down just before the rain arrives again.briandavies27/03/2016
Short walk from N, small mound by track.RobertP25/10/2015
A short walk and potential good views on a clear dayTor worth it11/10/2015
From the North along track. HP between tanks and mast, but land to South is higher, but probably man made.PeterD10/10/2015
Parked on Westfield Road,then up Cow Lane.Reasonable views.With Oscar.catman15/09/2015
With Catman.oscarrosie15/09/2015
The two large service reservoirs are believed to have the largest freely supported concrete domed roofs in the country. Built following a 2008 planning requirement that stipulated that the new service reservoirs should have domed roofs in order to sympathise with the appearance of the original tanks, which had become local landmarks. Stewart Tennant (Director of the construction company) said '' Without a doubt, the design of the Top o' th' Cow service reservoirs was one of the most technically demanding structural engineering projects of my career''.Chris Pearson31/07/2015
A lovely stroll to the top. Good views.Play2End05/06/2015
next to water cooling towers.arranc24/05/2015
Last hill of a four county morning - Warrington, St Helens, Wigan and Bolton. Easy pickings round here!Colin Crawford14/03/2015
Along lane from main road to North. High point between water tanks & masts. Tanks may be higher, but seem to be artificially built up & inaccessible due to high fence anyway. It's name the only redeeming feature.ngthack01/02/2015
A dawn raid.Martin R24/12/2014
Took the path up to the trig from Plodder Lane - an overgrown nightmare hemmed between barbed wire and a hedge so ended up walking in the fields. Farmer saw me but didn't say anything.Jake99426/08/2014
Short walk along lane from N. Highest accessible point taken as banking opposite United Utilities' gates, though ground inside the compound between two reservoirs is obviously higher. Also visited trig in field on far side of reservoirs.Aye Jimmy26/07/2014
Short walk from housing estate to north, high point close to water towers.muzza203/05/2014
Hunger Hill, 166 metres and a P57 hill is also called Top o' Cow. It is an interesting place with a trig point, pond, two large water towers and communication masts. Photo on Geograph.Dugswell204/02/2012
I actually bagged this hill from brother Tom's house in Cornwall Avenue but there is much closer parking on Plodder Lane at SD 69303 06008. Take the public footpath north. The trig pillar can be accessed via a gap in the hedge on the right a bit before reaching it. Return to the path then carry on north and turn right on public footpath then right again. This track/public footpath conveniently bisects the centre of the 165m contour c125m east of the trig. The highest point of track at SD 69542 06511 is in all probabilty higher than the trig but impossible to determine by sight due to trig being obscured by water towers. Carry on along the track where it changes to a tarmac lane at Top o'Cow (now houses not a farm) back to Plodder Lane.David Gradwell15/08/2009
fairly dull pasture, highest pt is E of tk beside mast, appears higher than TP by 1m or so. via Cow Close from estate to NE RHW22/11/2002
Pat196721/06/2018
PM21/10/2017
GaryJones21/03/2017
andrew brown07/06/2016
the_adam08/12/2015
mcbiydw212/04/2015
Mark Sims23/02/2015
Bramley15/01/2015
Jim.Fothergill10/03/2014
stevent080922/02/2014
IWC31/12/2009
PaulineC31/12/2009