HUMPHREY HEAD


Humphrey Head is a strange spot befitting of its weird name. The crag is positioned on a remote headland which itself is located in the midst of Morecombe bays 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 county. The limestone is not as good as the ‘perfect white stuff’ found at Chapel Head Scar but on the whole the rock is reasonable on the recommended routes but can be poor if one strays from these. The overall environment is unusual in its starkness yet at the base of the cliff only meters from the car the ambience is less harsh, sheltered amongst trees and on a spring or autumn afternoon a lovely spot to climb.

Routes

2 trad routes (E2...E3)
17 sport routes (?...?)
Graded List of Routes
List of First Ascents
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Buttress (click for routes) No. of Routes Route Type Sunshine
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Approach walk Other Page
Main
The Main Area is sited just above the parking area. The routes are mostly pseudo-sport routes - the...
12
Sport
Afternoon sun
Roadside

0 mins

sheltered
370
Upper
Three micro-routes are located on this hidden area. The routes are on good rock and in a pleasant...
3
Sport
Afternoon sun
Uphill

5 mins

sheltered
371
Arch
A fine limestone arch framing a lovely view. The rock is good and although the routes are short the...
4
Sport
Afternoon sun
Uphill

5 mins

Seepage
sheltered
371
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    Trigger Finger
    "I think it was this route i held Mark's ropes on. If it was he fell from the fin..." 23/Nov top50

    Stymen
    "Definately a sandbag at Fr6b, even if you are not short. Could live with E3,6a i..." 04/Sep

    Pork Pie
    "Nice little route which gets progressively harder as you ascend - the crux right..." 16/Jul

    Firing Squad
    "Seems a bit of a sandbag; crap gear to the twin bolts; very E5ish" 04/Nov

    Sniffing the Saddle Direct
    "Definitely take some nuts. Otherwise "run-it-out" means mantle onto a..." 04/Aug

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