Humphrey Head Cumbria, ENGLAND
Climbs 40 – Rocktype Limestone – Altitude Tidal – Faces W
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.
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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Out of print: Northern Limestone (2004)
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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