West Pennines & Rossendale - Summits
Hog Lowe Pike
Hog Lowe Pike is an unusual little 'bump' on the moorland to the south of Calf Hey Reservoir and the upper reaches of Haslingden Grane.
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More about Hog Lowe Pike: Hog Lowe Pike is the name given to an unusual, but prominent, bump on the otherwise fairly flat moorland above Haslingden Grane. Paul Hannon's walking guide book 'West Pennine Moors' says that this bump may in fact be an ancient burial mound. This is a claim repeated by one photographer on the Geograph website who also compares it to Round Loaf on Anglezarke Moor. On the other hand the Ordnance Survey map does not hint of any ancient man-made origin.
Two man-made objects that can be found on the summit are a barbed wire fence and a trig point. The views from the summit are, on a clear day, extensive and includes Winter Hill, Pendle Hill, Ingleborough and even Black Combe in the south-western Lake District. Indeed it is for the view that Hog Lowe Pike is most worth visiting.
Hog Lowe Pike overlooks the side valley of Haslingden Grane, once part of the medieval hunting forest of the Forest of Rossendale. According to Hannon the valley was inhabited by over a 1,000 people until the middle of the 19th century when Calf Hey Reservoir was constructed on the site of Grane village. The upper reaches of the valley above Calf Hey is now dotted with the ruins of abandoned farms and houses. Today Calf Hey Reservoir is a popular recreational space and the walk up the side of Deep Clough from the reservoir to the top of Hog Lowe Pike is one of the most pleasant little climbs in the West Pennines.