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Name:Hail Storm Hill
Hill number:2817
Height:476.7m / 1564ft
RHB Section:36: Lancashire, Cheshire & the Southern Pennines
County/UA:Lancashire (CoU)
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (400-499m), Clem
Grid ref:SD 83498 19348
Summit feature:small pile of stones
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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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 276 users)ByDate of Ascent
Loop from Cowpe. Up bridleway, down past reservoir. After Freeholds, en route to Edinb. Rounsfell30/12/2019
From Cowpe to the Trig Pillar at Top of Leach, from there to the Boundary and then to Hail Storm HillWayne Mac17/10/2019
From the new houses at Boarsgreave.Through the scrap yard and up on to the PBW. Mtb tracks through quarry area then over moor to high point. Returned via trig 474m with viewpoint indicator.NormanW10/10/2019
Hail Storm Hill hardly an appropriate name today as the whole country baked under a quite extreme late August heatwave.Alex C24/08/2019
Parked at free car park off Cowpe Road (SD83405 21409) which isn't obvious to find after braving the rush hour traffic on the M60. Then set off in full waterproofs in the rain up to Cowpe and Boarsgrove. Had to drag the dog along as it was wet and windy!! Past the abandoned vehicles to the reservoir then up to the MB quarry. Borough HP not obvious in the mist (used GPS) then along to the summit cairn and across to Cowpe Lowe. Cloud lifted and gave great views of South Pennines. Took off waterproofs and ran down to car with a wet and tired dog! 9.2km 339m ascent.John Eley09/08/2019
With Val. Weather very hot Parked just past the new housing at Boarsgreave and walked to place where there are many derelict vehicles then sharp left up path to bridleway and onto the TP first. Past the old quarry workings and on to find the small cairn that marks the true summit. Went to the county top after then descended by outward routemike.hoult22/07/2019
10km trail run from Cowpe - saw some interesting mountain bike trails on an old quarry and a fire!ByronHaywood23/04/2019
Came up from Cowpe, and walked along the ridge first to visit the trig point before coming over the moor to this point. Well, its nothing to write home about that's for sure!Father Ted12/04/2019
bagged while out trig huntingSeanTither27/03/2019
Evening run from Boarsgreave. Parked above new small housing estate. Track up to what’s best described as the house were londrovers and things go to die... sharp left track to pick up bridalway then the old quarry rail trackbed. Shortly after Quarry info sign struck up on Quarry path then open moorland to small cairn. Irony...slight hail on way up..N.Morters16/01/2019
went to trig point first. boggy and misty on top.gettingonabit06/01/2019
From ESE across moor from boundary top. Marshy in places but partly frozen, but not especially rough. 2ft high cairn easily visible from about 700m away.Nick Caunt13/12/2018
From Cowpe (parking easy br new houses) up and back. Easier on way back as I cut straight to quarry area and its myriad of tracks. 100 years since Armistice Day - Lest We Forget.SS11/11/2018
From near new houses in Cowpe, past all the old Land Rovers onto hill, following paths up to wind farm to the county top boundary and then on across moor with no path. Wet and flat, but HP easy to locate. Path off towards quarry to north towards Cowpe Lowe.PeterD06/10/2018
Circular walk from Cowpe. Dry underfoot, excellent views.Winterfloodian05/05/2018
Parked near pub on A680 (approx SD831159) then cut over to the right of way then followed foot tracks to approx SD835169 then used wind farm tracks to get me close to summit then wandered through bog to summit. Found small cairn using grid ref on hill-bagging. Cheers.assynt_bob03/05/2018
One of three from the parking area in Cowpe - sign says this will be closed from 5th May. Up to Cowpe Low mostly along the bridleway then a slightly boggy walk from the old quarry to Hail Storm Hill and the county top.the_adam21/04/2018
From the County top over thankfully frozen tussocky bog to reach a neat square cairn at the HP, slightly N of the OS Spot height of 477m. Cold easterly wind, bright sun, blue skies and hazy views. Onto Cowpe Lowe. Parked near houses in Cowpe.Denise 24/02/2018
4th and final hill of the day ( i didn't know about the boundary log!) on a route from Hapton station to Whitworth to complete Topo section R01- The South Pennines from Liverpool to Nottingham, climbing Great Hameldon, Cribden Hill and Cowpe Lowe, descending SE to drop onto a track merging with the Rossendale way, passing some Belted Galloway cattle, taking pics and a vid before being forced off to detour by an intolerant cow who followed me for another 300 metres. I continued direct for the summit, finding the small pile of stones recording 478m @ SD 83500 19349. I continued on and my nearest point to theoretical 477m spot height was at SD83475 19289 recording 476m (according to OS maps spot height is at SD83483 19288 so approx 80m further South than summit) Amazingly vast flat tundra-like plateaux. I headed NE paralleling some quarry workings on a path dropping back onto the Rossendale Way that merged with the Pennine Bridleway, veering off this to take a fp all the way to Whitworth.Dazingdale10/12/2017
From Borgreaves, small layby opposite new houses. HSH boundary first then on to the Cowpe Lowe trig pillar.jonglew10/11/2017
From the N. Parked by new build houses at Boarsgreave. Clockwise round taking in the CoH and Tump of Cowpe Lowe. Met TJ.Minto05/11/2017
2/5M from cowpe road end parked near old mill cottages.robertphillips03/11/2017
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:
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
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
ascent from Catley lane Head then over Knowl Hilljoseph mitchell26/01/2011
Did Rawtenstall - Cowpe - Top o' Pike - Hunger Hill - Knowle Hill - HSH - Cowpe Lowe - Rawtenstall. Big, sprawling and visible from much of Manchester. I did enjoy it and didn't find the wind turbines to be loud or annoying, despite what I was told by Nimby's.Jake99410/08/2010
met eric youngsoftsquare21/03/2010
Nice spot with a cache nearby. Great views, big "flat top" type but prominent enough.PopUpPirate30/11/2009
Small cairnGeorge Gradwell30/08/2009
Started from Waterfoot and followed FP via Lench to join Rossendale way. Found top hard to find and donderd around a verry squelchy bog until i found exact top.Experienced 4 seasons in a afternoon but still an enjoyable walk.AdrianDixon23/01/2009
From Cowpe. Tricky to work out exact top. Thrash around. 3 'paving' slabs - 2 sticking up and 1 underneath seemed about the best place. One of those places were somewhere else seems higher. Very wet but was very cold so frozen.destaylor25/11/2008
Geoff went on his own CRAGG SOTA activation dayG6MZX14/09/2008
Hiked as part of a 50 mile south pennine challenge. Miserable weather, and over that distance, thats not good.wee mac17/05/2008
Circular triop from Cowpe. Mooched around quite a bit on the top to make sure.summitsup11/05/2008
parked up by the quarry and walked through the peat bogs on a cold frosty morningDARRENG23/11/2007
Nice walk up and around valley head from Cowpe. Shame that to bag the marilyn (and Rochdale county top) you've got a long slog across peat bogs - fortunately fairly dry when we visited. Top could be anywhere within several hundred square yards of flat bwheresthepath28/04/2007
Climbed solo from Rake Head.dhbond20/04/2007
Parked in Cowper - up the East side of this hill to the trig point - then wandered over to the Windmills & then over to another seemingly higher spot and then down a very steep path to the reservoir and back to Cowper. It was raining - and maybe some HAIL???ChinnockC17/02/2007
From Waterfoot. Should be called 'Puddle Top'.Eddie16/06/2006
On bike, lousy wet day. SOTA activationIan G7KXV22/05/2006
with Tobyvegibagger19/12/2005
And again on 24-02-2018 with Denise, small cairn on grass moorland, nice and frozen today.RichardM28/06/2005
From car near Cowpe Resvr (14:35), straight up hill to Rossendale Way, E for about .5k and then to very flat boggy top. Overcast, windy. Continued to top of Leach and back past reservoir. dbb06/01/2005
With: hb sb ab; We followed the Rossendale way up to the upper fell then used GPS to locate the accepted summit. Called in at the boundary top on the return. Not a great place.Ian Baines05/06/2004
With: ib sb ab; Helen Baines05/06/2004
Great fun trying to find the highest point on such a flat squelchy topsignyred02/11/2003
Highpoint appears to be umarked and lies within a large boggy area, visited all potential high spots. yorkie08/06/2003
From minor road to southBLACKHILL03/01/2003
Parked at Cowpe by the picnic site. Used the Rosendale Way to get up onto the high ground. Then up through the remains of a quarry to the high point.garyhoney27/12/2001
exact date unknown but I've been heregigglejon01/01/2000
Parked on reservoir road. Under dam on track to end. Direct line uphill for 600' to cross a cross wall. Used bearings to identify top which had a pile of 15 stones at the highest point.arranc16/10/1999
2 of 2: From Cowpe Lowe. Contd to Top of Leech and on to Rochdale Rly Stn.ChrisR29/06/1999
paragliders, lovely tk then short bog trot to featureless summit & view. from a680 summit SE of Turn village RHW08/11/1998
Took part in orienteering event here, starting from Cowpe reservoir, which went over the summit. Also went back to summit after event. Sad to see that this bit of green in a very urbanised area has now been covered with wind turbines.JohnW20/09/1998
Probably with Helen. From near Tod Astronomy Centre.meugher08/05/1997
Steeply up from north to bag the marilyn top on flat moorland. On way to see Mum & Dad in SouthportChris Pearson05/09/1992
2 of 2: From Freeholds Top via Hades Hill and Shawforth. Then to Rochdale Rly Stn via Whittle Hill and Knowl Moor.ChrisR26/10/1989
2 of 2: From Freeholds Top via Hogshead Law Hill and Hailstorm Ridge TP (TofL). Then on to Whittle Hill Memorial; Knowl Moor TP; Hunger Hill TP and down to Rochdale Rly Stn.ChrisR22/04/1989
A loose end on a wet Monday morning so decided to bag. Parked at Turn village on Rochdale Rd and ascended via Rossendale Way. Suitably soaked by the time I returned!steve_ablank
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