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Name:Hail Storm Hill (boundary)
Hill number:5533
Height:474.5m / 1557ft
Parent (Ma):2817  Hail Storm Hill
Alternative top: (Blackstone Edge)
RHB Section:36: Lancashire, Cheshire & the Southern Pennines
County/UA:Lancashire (CoU), Rochdale (UA)
Class:Current County/UA twin-Top
Grid ref:SD 84375 18911
Summit feature:tiny cairn on ground by new windfarm road
Col:474.48m  SD843189  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 109
(1:25k) OL21S
Observations:ground nearly level for 30m SW-NE of this position
Survey:Leica NA730/Leica 530
Survey of Hail Storm Hill (Final).doc
Comments:County Top twinned with hill 5319
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 110 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
10km trail run from Cowpe - saw some interesting mountain bike trails on an old quarry and a fire!ByronHaywood23/04/2019
A rather nice boundry stone to be found, and nice little weather shelterSeanTither27/03/2019
With E. From Cowpe. Parked in what use to be The Buck PH car park but pub now closed and converted into houses. Up Pennine Bridleway to Coupe Low trig point, then along Rossendale Way past old Cragg Quarry following former tramway. Along new access road to summit marked with a small pile of stones at roadside. Across boggy ground to old boundary post and Top of Leach trig point then continued to Rooley Moor Road and down into Cowpe. Dry and windy. Good views.Beeliner19/02/2019
From Cowpe via Top of Leach. TOL has a trig and 1974 boundary pillar and good views from the NE round to the NW. Approach from TOL was across moor top on reasonable path (marshy in patches). Handy substantial wind shelter made from ruins stones about 300m to the NE. Burnt out car shell next to the wind turbine.Nick Caunt13/12/2018
From near new houses in Cowpe, past all the old Land Rovers onto hill, following paths up to wind farm. HP just off track near turbine. On to the top.PeterD06/10/2018
From end of road at Cowpe where there are now new houses built. Was a tumbledown factory the last time I visited. FP goes through a scrapyard of farm equipment before emerging onto moor and eventually a large wind farm. Up and down in 65 minutes.Campbell Singer31/05/2018
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
Indeterminate spot on side of hill a few m to the W of the windfarm track. En route to Hail Storm HillDenise 24/02/2018
From Hailstorm Ridge trig over nice hard frozen moorland to something of a dissapointment, not even any sign of the small cairn. Bright sunshine, cutting NE wind.RichardM24/02/2018
Started at Limefield. Walked via Walmersley Golf Club and Cheesden. Ascended Hail Storm Hill via Paradise. Descended south-east to Prickshaw then walked via Healey Dell to Healey Corner.lecube11/11/2017
From Borgreaves, small layby opposite new houses. Hail Storm Ridge trig first, then a bog-trot on to Hail Storm Hill.jonglew10/11/2017
I won't be going back even if there is free beer! Most interesting part was watching locals trying to pull a Landrover stuck in the mud in the quarry. I left before they succeeded, or gave up.Minto05/11/2017
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 trig pillar has a nearby imposter and is probably worth visiting. However, this then means a trudge across a mire. The County top is uninspiring and unless they start handing out free beer there I wont be going back.stig_nest05/09/2017
From Cowpe picnic area. Solo. Cowpe Lowe, Hail Storm Hill & Hail Storm Hill boundary. Searched but couldn't find the tiny cairn.ADT24/08/2017
With Cowpe Lowe, then Hail Storm Hill, from CowpeMoorponder03/07/2017
From NNE, Rooley Moor Rd, parking for 1 a short way before top of public road, straightforward on good tracks, bitter E wind with driven snow, quick out and back. My final Current English Co/UA Top.RHW12/02/2017
Unremarkable here, other nearby peaks offer better views.berksbantam25/10/2016
Adequate roadside parking within Cowpe village at an altitude of 853ft. Don't try and pass through though and drive into Boarsgreave (narrow road and bumpy). Follow the road through Boarsgreave and thread your way along a path almost blocked by rusting vehicles. Once past these and on Rooley Moor Road there are stoned roads to use Turn right along to the Rossendale Way. After passing the reservoir turn left then right before a short moor trot heading for the prominent wind turbine ahead of you.moorsman20/10/2016
On a moorland walk from Walsden to Waterfoot.alistairpooler15/10/2016
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 continued clockwise and down. With dog and my daughter.Walkingthedog31/07/2016
8/9 Eight 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
Walked upto after Hail Storm Hill. Found small cairn at side of track to turbine.mart079713/03/2016
Moor not as wet as anticipated. From Cowpe.arranc12/03/2016
Walked over the bog from Hail Storm Hill. With Eire, Evan, Sail, Danu, Coel & Alfie.Dangerous Dave30/01/2016
If someone knows the grid ref of the wind farm track entrance , please post it on here. I did it the miserable way,DARRENG11/07/2015
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
With Cabesimon and co05/10/2014
low cloud, no view, couldn't even see the turbinesbardolph06/03/2014
Cairn near turbine at side of service road.bolton21/01/2014
Done solo. Must like windmillsAimless Rambler16/01/2014
Walked up from old mill in Cowpe, past Higher Boarsgreave and joined Rossendale Way. On route to Marilyn. No real path to highest point. Walked directly due south , up hill from Cragg High Level Tank. Very misty day, with light fading.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
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. The most dull of all three points. Visualy the old top seems higher so best do both in case remeasured. Back on Pennine Bridleway.nordicstar29/06/2013
Did this one on mountain bikeCraig6709/06/2013
Done while bagging marilyn. 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
An extended snowy bog-trot from the E trig to Hail Storm Hill. Unable to find tiny cairn marking summit in snow. Area all looks much the same height. New windfarm road has appeared since last visit in 2006.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 1955 which is also known as Whittle hill locallyBuryFCA128/01/2013
Done from a variety of roots. Really boggy when approached along the ridge from top of Leach, but have also come up the Dearden Valley, on to the quarry tracks and over to it - still boggy though. Have also MTB from Ashworth Reservoirhillgorilla26/01/2013
En-route from trig point to HuMP summit.Wycombe Wanderer28/08/2012
From Turnadrianturner07/04/2012
Revisit to get picture for Des, came in from Owd Betts Pub to SW to visit this flat area now with small pile of stones to north of turbine track. 12/7/1996 visited a number of times when living in Rawtenstall and during welfare visits in 2008 and 2009 witDugswell211/07/2011
The top is now blessed with a cairnDavid Gradwell10/04/2011
ascent from Catley Lane Head, trig point at top of leach has 2nd pillar, and small wind shelterjoseph mitchell26/01/2011
Rawtenstall - Cowpe - Top o' Pike - Hunger Hill - Knowle Hill - HSH - Cowpe Lowe - Rawtenstall. Passed en route to the top of Hail Storm Hill using the tracks for easy going.Jake99410/08/2010