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Name:Hail Storm Hill
Hill number:2817
Height:476.7m / 1564ft
Section:36: Lancashire, Cheshire & the Southern Pennines
County/UA:Lancashire (CoU)
Catchment:Mersey
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (400-499m)
(Ma,Hu,Tu,4)
Grid ref:SD 83498 19348
Summit feature:small pile of stones
Drop:244m
Col:233m  SD885273  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 109
(1:25k) OL21S
Observations:this point is coincident with 477m spot height
Survey:Leica NA730/Leica 530
Survey of Hail Storm Hill (Final).doc
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Parked at the top end of Cowpe village and walked a clockwise (unwise) circuit of trig, county top and Marilyn. Through a tractor graveyard lower down then onto the open moor. The traipse direct from the county top is bloody horrendous. Best saved until after your dead. Summit yielded no views..just squelching misery. Never again!stig_nest05/09/2017
From Cowpe picnic area. Solo. Cowpe Lowe, Hail Storm Hill & Hail Storm Hill boundary. Approached through Crag Quarry.ADT24/08/2017
Cowpe Lowe and Hail Storm Hill from Cowpe.rhalstead20/08/2017
As Mart. Parked in free cp just off Cowpe rd SD834214. Climbed Cowpe Lowe. Climbed up to the edge of Craggs quarry. Located top easily. Walked off west to boundary. Wet underfoot but not impassable.Moorponder03/07/2017
with Cowpe Lowe from Cowpe doubt I would have found it without GPSNeilb07/05/2017
Tramped across the bog from the boundary. OK today as no rain for a week. Wouldn't try it in 'normal' conditions for the area.berksbantam25/10/2016
Parking available in Cowpe Village. If you are doing this one after the boundary hill then a direct line across the moor is probably a no-goer. The summit ridge is entirely red fescue grass, indicative of wet bogs. Better to head SW to the first turbine then head off to the summit as the sloping ground is noticeably drier than the top! This is spoken from experience!moorsman20/10/2016
On a moorland walk from Walsden to Waterfoot.alistairpooler15/10/2016
A bit of a quagmire on the top, but the walk can be made really good by walking from Rawtenstall, over Cowpe Low, Hailstorm Hill and Top of Leach to Whitworth. Clear weather is a good idea to ensure that your wanderings all over Hailstorm Hill actually include the top. I stayed overnight at the Red Lion (good food and beer), then bagged Freeholds Top on day 2, on the way to Hebden Bridge, via Walsden, Rochdale canal, Warland, and Stoodley Pike. Good rail and bus links from Buxton via Manchester make this a great linear walk.Gill11/09/2016
Up from Cowpe Road on(for me)difficult to follow paths and then simply went uphill,eventually reaching Rossendale Way.Good path to top of Cowpe Lowe,then back down to wander through Cragg Quarry and find quite easily top of Hail Storm Hill.Crossed boggy moor to Hail Storm Hill(boundary).Warm overcast day.With Oscar.catman06/09/2016
With Catman.oscarrosie06/09/2016
From road near Cowpe reservoir, up to Rossendale way to wind turbine and along sevice road, from boundry top continued clockwise along service road to rossendale way, small footpath, (lots of tracks for mountain biking, up to hill top found stones,continued clockwise and down. With dog and my daughter.Walkingthedog31/07/2016
with my family from BoarsgreaveM0YDH19/06/2016
Nice walk from cowpe road. 3 miles. Blue sky light winds. Fantastic. Views to pendle hill yorkshire dales bowland hills and peak districtMark8603/06/2016
Cowpe - Cowpe Reservoir - Hail Storm Hill - Waugh's Well - Cowpe Lowe - Cowpe. Heavy showers and waterlogged ground.davidpettit8421/05/2016
7/9 Seventh of Day County Tops and others (Howden Edge/Horse Stone Naze/Cartridge Hill/Scholes Height/Bull Hill/Cowpe Low/Hail Storm Hill/Hail Storm Hill (Boundary)/Cribden Hill)Fergalh14/05/2016
Parking to the East on the road to the reservoir then along the PROW (through someone's garden and across their patio on the footpath:) ) up to Cowpe Lowe then over Hail Storm Hill & Boundary summits to Hail Storm Ridge Pillar. Both Pillars in Good condition. some great views this evening.griefmiester05/05/2016
With K. In mist and rain. Quarry interesting and lovely well/spring at rear of derelict farm just off edge brought home the humanity of days gone by.Ashley01/05/2016
From end of road at Cowpe. The path up from the reservoir is better than the one slightly to the north.squeegs21/04/2016
Nice to do this on a lovely spring day after trying and failing to get to the summit in heavy clag 3 years ago. Went from Rake this time rather than Cowpe to avoid what I remember as extremely wet bit by res. Did boundary first then pathless 0.6 mile bog trot to top.Mark Sims17/03/2016
out via Rochdale; back via RawtenstallIanHHill14/03/2016
Parked in free cp just off Cowpe rd SD834214 now with a little café. Climbed Cowpe Lowe then descended to Rossendale way. Went along Foe Edge passed Waughs Well and climbed up to the edge of Craggs quarry. Searched around for the small pile of stones, finding them after 15 minutes of walking about. Still it was a lovely day and the skylarks kept serenading me!mart079713/03/2016
Climbed this in a Hail Storm today! With Eire, Evan, Sail, Danu, Coel & Alfie.Dangerous Dave30/01/2016
Cowpe - Pike Hill - Crag Quarry - Hail Storm Hill - Top of Leach (Trig) Rossendale Way - Cowpe Low (Trig) - Hugh Mill - Boarsgreave - Cowpebriandavies22/08/2015
With Jo, from Cowpe: Rooley Moor Road to Hailstorm Ridge Trig, then Hail Storm Hill (boundary), track to Knowl Moor Trig, then returning to Hail Storm Hill, through Cragg Quarry onto Cowpe Lowe, returning along Rossendale Way and beside Cowpe Reservoir. Weather; sunny, warm, good visibility.amblerbob11/06/2015
From Cowpe. Route and write-up at: http://gayleybird.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/freeholds-top-and-hail-storm-hill.htmlGayle08/12/2014
From Cowpe. You need a GPS to figure out where all the paths are going. There are mountain bike trails through the quarry which are useful if, as today, there were no bikers.clivevilla02/12/2014
With Cabesimon and co05/10/2014
Small Cairn Ground very boggy (SATNAV pin point summit)dentalchimp30/08/2014
SOTA Ref G/SP-009M1FHM12/07/2014
CairnPeteF31/05/2014
Best of 3 Marilyns on a driving/walking day. From Cowpe (on street parking anywhere sensible), my walk was essentially a circuit of the reservoirs, lots of good paths, a disused quarry giving a dry and interesting final approach to the utterly flat summit. Soon back on interesting old tracks, packhorse ways,back down to Cowpe. Cloudy, but good views.pwheeler17/04/2014
hard to find in the low cloudbardolph06/03/2014
Parked above old mill in Cowpe – Up road to old farm buildings and scrap vehicles – Left through gate and then NE & E up path to join Rooley Moor Road – SSE up ‘road’ before taking the right fork at 847203 – After about 600m join the Rossendale Way – W. along Rossendale Way for about 1km - Pick way through the disused quarry and SW across trackless moor for about 400m to the summit.(Solo)gerrybowes28/02/2014
Done solo along with Higher Hill, Whittle Hill and Top ofthe Pike.Aimless Rambler16/02/2014
From Cowpe. Parked near old mill and walked up through scrapyard.bolton21/01/2014
Walked up from old mill in Cowpe, past Higher Boarsgreave and joined Rossendale Way. No real path to summit. Walked directly due south , up hill from Cragg High Level Tank. Very misty day, with light fading. Hard to find summit which is a tiny cairn.Lazylizzie04/01/2014
Ran up from A680. Nice afternoon, bit boggy.stever10/09/2013
Climbed from Cowpe. Much easier to climb in the middle of a dry spell.JohnStoneham11/07/2013
Drove up Rooley Moor Road to SD 8466 2038. (Suitable for 4X4 soft roaders at least). Last legal parking place. Walk via right hand track to join the Pennine Way Bridleway at SD 8469 1956. Walked along PWB until after mountain bike trails in old quarry then took to the moor. Operated SOTA (ham radio) from near spot height 476 at SD 8398 1903.G4OBK (Phil)04/07/2013
Parked nr head of Cowpe Lane by old mill, at SD841206. Followed FP to lane and Trig (best viewpt) - onto old summit nr wind turbines, then damp but easy ground (no hags by my definition) to 'new' top. Cairn developing. The most dull of all three points. Visually the old top seems higher so best do both in case remeasured. Back on Pennine Bridleway.nordicstar29/06/2013
Done on mountain bikeCraig6709/06/2013
An evening walk with Sue, from Waterfoot.Phreerunner30/05/2013
From Cowpe, up Rooley Moor road to Top of Leach trig. Wandered around looking for summit (anyone's guess)& returned via Rossendale Way & Pennine Bridleway. Broken cloud, cold wind & deep snow drifts in places. Pub in Cowpe gone by the way...ianandbarbara03/04/2013
Solo run. Clockwise from Boarsgreave.amswanston31/03/2013
From Boarsgreave, LH side of reservoir onto plateau visiting trig first. Windfarm has appeared since last visit in 2006. Snowy bog-trot to the Boundary Point first, then more snowy bog to small cairn of slates propped against each other. Return much easier via quarry and Rossendale Way.Aye Jimmy17/03/2013
Hail storm hill is a great place. If you ascend to the north from Cowpe then you can pass Fo Edge and Waugh's well which are two great places dedicated to the old Northern writer and poet Edwin Waugh. The summit of Hail storm hill offers great views and many things to explore such as the 26 wind turbines and the cross dedicated to Geoffrey Molyneux who was lost there on flying operations in 1955BuryFCA128/01/2013
From Turnadrianturner07/04/2012
First climb of 2012. Started at the car park at the bottom of Cowpe Lane and ascended that up the left hand side of Cowpe Reservoir. The descent was via the Pennine Bridleway and the right hand side of Cowpe Reservoir.b2dan01/04/2012
Revisit from Owd Betts Pub to SW on sunny afternoon to get a picture for Des. 12/7/1996,Many times walked and mountain biked across and around here when working and living in Rawtenstall.Dugswell211/07/2011