Humphrey Head - Route One

 

Start - TQ Outdoor Education Centre SD 388 746 Distance - 1 mile Ascent - 160 feet Time - 25 minutes


The Humphrey Head Outdoor Centre access road at the start of this walk.  There is very limited parking here, only one space a few yards to the north
More parking is available at the end of the lane where it meets the shore
Most of Humprey Head is a nature reserve which is managed by Cumbria Wildlife Trust
The Outdoor Centre's access road is followed for only a few yards before beginning the simple climb to the summit
Looking back from the start of the climb
The TQ Outdoor Education Centre
Looking over the Kent Estuary to the snow-capped Howgills with Arnside Knott on the right
The broad fields on the ridge are bounded by Humphrey Head Wood on the left and the steep cliffs on the right
A gate in the protective fence on the lower slopes gives access to a view along the cliffs 
The upper field is accessed by a handgate on the western side of the fence
Looking back from the fence, Helvellyn and Fairfield are visible in the distance above the village of Allithwaite
The summit trig point comes into view
Looking back along the cliff edge to the Coniston fells above Boarbank
Morecambe Bay and the cliffs of Humphrey Head
A windswept hawthorn tree near the summit
The summit of Humphrey Head
Looking south from the summit of Humphrey Head to the Heysham power stations across Morecambe Bay
Looking west to the Furness peninsula
North to the Coniston fells
Helvellyn and Fairfield in the far distance
The Howgills and Arnside Knott above the trees of Humphrey Head Wood
Ingleborough across the Kent Estuary
The Bowland fells
A gate, almost opposite the trig column, allows access to the steep grass slope above the cliffs, from where there is a good view of ..........
The Natural Arch
Returning to the summit and passing another windswept tree on the way towards Humphrey Head Point
Looking back from the same tree.  There is a geocache hidden in this locality.  The cache, called The Last Wolf, alludes to the legend that the last wolf in England was hunted down and killed on Humphrey Head in 1390.  The weathervane on the tower of Cartmel Priory Church takes the form of a golden wolf''s head in commemoration of this act
Descending towards Humphrey Head Point
The western cliffs from Humphrey Head Point
The Howgills and Arnside Knott across the Kent Estuary
Morecambe Bay from Humphrey Head Point

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