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Humphrey Head

Cumbria, ENGLAND

Climbs 40 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude Tidal – Faces W

Crag features
Humphrey Head is a strange spot befitting of its weird name. The crag is positioned on a remote headland in the midst of Morecombe Bay's vast tidal sand flats where the sea can be sensed but rarely glimpsed. Like Scout Scar, Humphrey Head is a difficult crag to characterise but it is fair to say that the best routes are worth travelling for and, being at sea level, the weather is often far better than elsewhere in the region. The limestone is not as good as the perfect white stuff found at Chapel Head but on the whole the rock is reasonable on the recommended routes but can be poor if one strays from these. Undoubtededly the best routes are in the upper grades and are bolted or semi-bolted. Due to the unstable ground at the top of the crag lower-offs line the rim of the main crag.

Access notes
From Junction 36 of the M6 follow signs for Kendal and Barrow on the A591 and at the first exit on the A591 follow the signs for Barrow on the A590. Pass the obvious crag of White Scar and continue to a roundabout. Take the B5277 to Grange-over-Sands. Follow the road all the way through the town and then on to the village of Allithwaite. On exiting the village turn left on the minor road signed to Humphrey Head.
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Weather forecast

 Today  Sat  Sun  Mon  Tue 

2.2mm rain
Sunny periods
19 °C
15 kph

4.0mm rain
Mainly cloudy
14 °C
14 kph

0.0mm rain
12 °C
12 kph

0.0mm rain
14 °C
10 kph

3.6mm rain
Sunny periods
16 °C
21 kph
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Out of print: Northern Limestone (2004)

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGradex
1Sniffing the Saddle6a+ *6
2Sniffing the Saddle Direct6a+ *4
3FusionE3 6a * 
4Trigger FingerE2 5c **17
5Shot By Both Sides7a *5
6Firing Squad7a+ **6
7Live Rounds7a+ *1
8Shooting the Load7a * 
9Humphrey Hymen Met a Sly Man7b+ **3
10Stymen6b *25
11Pork Pie6a *31
12Humphrey Bogart7a+ 3
13Humphrey Dumphrey5c 10
14Engelbert Humphreding7b 1
15Mr Self-destruct7b  
16Mindfields7a+ * 
17Hollow Lands6c *1
18Slightly Shoddy7a 2
19Back Into the Future7c * 
20crinkle wallV3 *3
 Climb nameGradex
21NodaE1 5b 1
22The Corner CrackVB 10
23the layback cornerV0 5a 9
24the diagonal crackV0+ 5b 9
25trad crackV2 6a 8
26end wallV0 5a 4
27JanuaryHVS 5a *9
28Where bolters fear to treadHVS 5a 2
29The JobE1 5c 1
30Sir Edgar's CrackVS 4c 2
31OktoberfestHVS 5a 1
32Roof CornerV2 6a *7
33Pocket ProblemV3 *6
34The TraverseV2 **4
35Sanctumf7A *1
36The Low TraverseV4 1
37Humphrey Cushion7a 2
383-2-1E2 5b 1
39Crinkle Wall AlternativeV0+ 1
40Dodgy FingersV1 *1
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Routes on main wall quite hard, can be a bit overgrown, fixed gear often suspect... but it's a lovely spot and you won't find queues on the routes.
Clive Allen - 01/Mar/07

Humphrey Head is beautiful, i visited in 1995 with my primary school and loved it. it is great for scrambling and the wolfs cave(where the last wolves in england supposedly lived) is of particular interest. Care should be taken on the beach though as there is an amount of sinking sand. All in all a wonderful place with fond memories.
sam hewitt - 14/Mar/05