Name:Hail Storm Hill
Hill number:2817
Height:476.7m / 1564ft
SMC/RHB Section:36: Lancashire, Cheshire & the Southern Pennines
County/UA:Lancashire
Topographical area:EP06 Pendle-boulsworth
Catchment:Mersey
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (400-499m), Clem
(Ma,Hu,Tu,4,Cm)
Grid ref:SD 83498 19348
Summit feature:small pile of stones
Drop:247.8m
Col:228.9m  SD 8847 2739  
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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Do not recommend at this time of year, there are still a few nesting birds. Approached from the south to the east side of the plateau then over the top. Probably easier to approach directly from the west near Waugh's Well. Almost unnavigable so would do it after a dry spell! Beautiful area though and had a snack at Waughs well on the way down as a treat.joed29301/06/2024
Waterfoot - Cowpe Lowe - HAIL STORM HILL -Cowpe . With Chriscitygent04/04/2024
Parked in the layby near the top of the road in Cowpe to the N. Followed fp up onto the plateau and a large path zig zag until the wind turbine emerged from the cloud. Visited the boundary hp on the side of the track (very small cairn marker on N side) and across the bog to the main hp marked with a clear small cairn. Completed the circular walk past Waugh's Well and back down to Cowpe. Drizzle and cloud began to lift on the final descent. Solo.richard6914/12/2023
Parked near top of public road in Cowpe and followed tracks up to plateau. Took in the trig point and viewfinder on Top of Leach before following the path to the wind turbines. Broke off across the squelchy moorland to find the small cairn at the summit. We managed to keep dry feet though.Rounded off the day by visiting the trig pillar on Cowpe Lowe before following footpaths back down to the car. Be aware that not all the footpaths appear to be marked on the ground. A great circuit though and we were lucky with the weather.KevPalmer22/08/2023
From car park by Owd Betts. It is very boggy.lenman22/04/2023
Although I've been up here many times I've never specifically tracked down the exact summits, so tonight I had a nice evening walk from Turn, over Whittle Hill, the two summits on Hailstorm Hill and then the trig capped off with a beautiful sunset. No problem finding the well marked summit. /Dmeltdiceburg18/04/2023
Rossendale Round bagging hills and Marilyns, with drifting snow on the Moors.PhilipChaston11/03/2023
Following on from Cowpe Lowe, dry underfoot until the crossing to the Boundary top, then squelched all the way.colinfielding07/02/2023
Parked at Cowpe in a layby just before the end of the road; circular walk around the reservoir over Cowpe Moor to the top. Glad of wellies today. Very clear and some great 360 viewsRockdoctor05/02/2023
MC From Cowpe and along Rossendale Way. Very post industrial.Martin6624/12/2022
Parked at Boarsgreave, then along ROWs to Top of Leach. Along county boundary to the wind turbines, crossing Hail Storm Hill boundary top en route. Then a desolate direct ascent of the Hill proper (bring wellies!) and on over Cragg Quarry to Cowpe Low. Returned via ROWs to the houses below.summitter31/10/2022
Much easier find than the Boundary top cairn.. a useful stick popping put the rocks allowing locating on the bog top a doddle.Alfa1M25/10/2022
Accross a bog approx. 1 km from top of windfarm. Small pile of stones marked the spotchevyfire14/09/2022
With LJanet M14/09/2022
from Cowpejef26/08/2022
Parked in layby opposite new builds at Boarsgrieve, the old carpark under the dam has lots of no parking signs. Up road past scrap farm to old quarry, then east onto track. Followed this into Crag quarry to just past tramway info sign, then bike tracks through quarry and short walk to summit cairn. Back through quarry and along track to Cowpe Low. Down track and non-existent paths to start.Flatfield06/07/2022
Parked on street outside Cowpe village memorial hall. RoW up between house and farm onto Rossendale way, then the full circle to include the trig.iangalbraith03/07/2022
2 of 3 starting in waterfoot on 7 mile hike. Lovely sunny day. From cowpe lowe. Marilyn no. 61The-Z-Man21/06/2022
2/2 Hail Storm Hill Boundary followed by the Marilyn Hail Storm Hill. Up from Cowpe after parking at the new builds near the Mill at the end of the road - good parking. Went up the North side of Cowpe reservoir and the path climbs well here up to the Pennine Bridleway and Rossendale Way then used paths to the Trig Point, then on to the Boundary (use your grid reference and pace about and you find the tiny tiny cairn) then direct as a dye over the not too marshy ground in summer to the Marilyn and down via the interesting mine workings. Made a nice two hour walk on way home after checkpointing at the Trans Pennine Hundred (LDWA)nickywood105/06/2022
Came up from Cowpe reccy using the broad track to the quarry and then the MTB tracks thru that to the top. Reached stones at the top - every mound around looked higher. Returned the same way. Great views and nice weather.robphys07/05/2022
From Rossendale Valley up Rooley Moor Road then onto Rossendale Way and across moorland, finding pile of stones at summit.peter4lc21/01/2022
From Cowpe With Sal on way to Lakesdavechaffey14/01/2022
Parked at the waterski centre and walked up with SebStevooo11/09/2021
From Boarsgrieve. Multiple possible routes but no obvious route to summit.Topographer5701/09/2021
From Cowpe. According to my OS app the spot height is about 30m from the small pile of stonespaulhilder09/08/2021
From Cowpe, parked by old Day and Sunday School, headed up track immediately to SE, followed sundry tracks up to disused Cragg Quarry, through quarry and up on to moor proper and summit, meandered back, eventually descending along the Pennine Bridleway back to Cowpe and up road to carkdbennett27/06/2021
Rawtenstall - Hail Storm Hill - Hail Storm Hill (boundary) - Cowpe Lowe - Cribden Hill - Rawtenstall.Mark Jackson27/03/2021
Visited the summit on a 16.1 run around the Hail Storm Hill plateausturuss02/01/2021
From Cowpe, via Top of Leach, Hail Storm Hill boundary, Hail Storm Hill, Cowpe Lowe. Very dry underfoot and fantastic visibility, with Snowdonia clear as a whistle. With JT.Sprog25/05/2020
Loop from Cowpe. Up bridleway, down past reservoir. After Freeholds, en route to Edinb. Rounsfell30/12/2019
Parked at Turn village on Rochdale Rd and ascended via Rossendale Way. Suitably drenched by the time I returned!steve_a04/11/2019
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
With MikeVal Deisler22/07/2019
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
Revisit on Christmas Eve to bag as a Marilyn.silveracorn_alan24/12/2018
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