Name:Hail Storm Hill (boundary)
Hill number:5533
Height:474.5m / 1557ft
Parent (Ma):2817  Hail Storm Hill
Alternative top: (Blackstone Edge)
SMC/RHB Section:36: Lancashire, Cheshire & the Southern Pennines
County/UA:Lancashire, Rochdale
Topographical area:EP06 Pendle-boulsworth
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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Bloody hell. Approached from the east and going under those turbines is absolutely terrifying. Emboldened by some passing cyclists I managed though and was rewarded with a view south avross the green and grey tapestryjoed29301/06/2024
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 on Bleakholt Road in Turn, close to the junction with the A680 - Up the Rossendale Way to junction with the windfarm track at 832188; the first 500m or so is on footpath alongside A680 to fingerpost on bend & wooden steps over wall - E. along track to UA Top grid reference; no sign of tiny cairn. Continued E. for another 60m or so & located a small cairn in tussock at SD 84435 18922, but don't think this marks the UA Top.gerrybowes08/08/2023
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. /Dmeltdiceburg18/04/2023
Rossendale Round bagging hills and Marilyns, with drifting snow on the Moors.PhilipChaston11/03/2023
Very wet on top following on from the main summit.colinfielding07/02/2023
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
Failed to find the cairn (a picture circulating online suggests I was looking on the wrong side of the windmill-poor planning on my part) after trudging across sodden bog, but visited most likely high points. The perfectionist in me will no doubt tempt me back up on a clearer day to locate said small pile of rocks, but I'm bagging it for now.. Eerie, atmospheric in the mist with only the sounds of the wind turbine plummeting towards you as you walk underneath.. quite intimidating I must sayAlfa1M25/10/2022
With LJanet M14/09/2022
Between trig and true summit, strangely easily found!iangalbraith04/07/2022
3 of 3 starting in waterfoot on 7 mile hike. Lovely sunny day. Had lunch on the steps of the wind turbineThe-Z-Man21/06/2022
1/2 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
Rawtenstall - Hail Storm Hill - Hail Storm Hill (boundary) - Cowpe Lowe - Cribden Hill - Rawtenstall.Mark Jackson27/03/2021
Visited on a 16.1 run around the Hail Storm Hill plateausturuss02/01/2021
With Gareth - Exercise from Healey Dellbriandavies10/04/2020
From Cowpe to the Trig Pillar at Top of Leach, from there to the Boundary and then to Hail Storm HillWayne Mac17/10/2019
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. Very hot weather. After going to the Hailstorm Hill TP and the Marilyn summit found the County high point using SatNav device. Up from Boarsgreave.mike.hoult22/07/2019
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
Solo from Cowpe picnic area. 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