Where is this walk?

Walk round Humphrey Head

July 30, 2021

Ever since my children went to Humphrey Head outdoor centre I have been intrigued by the place. However it has taken me nearly 10 years to take the lovely walk round Humphrey Head and discover it for myself.

The Walk

Myself and Helen were staying at Grange over Sands (staying anywhere after lockdown seemed exciting) when we decided to explore Humphrey Head. Looking at the map I was not even sure which bits were accessible and which were not. We decided to take the public right of way from Allithwaite (knowing there was a pub there) and see what happens.

The approach through some rough farmland lacks appeal but after arriving at Humphrey Head it is a delight. In particular the coastal walking on the west side is lovely, mainly on sand. When we arrived at The Head the tide was out and there were a variety of rocky outcrops and dunes to sit on. The views across Warton Sands to Silverdale being particularly impressive.

On the return there is a choice. Either take the quiet path back along the eastern side of the headland or head up 200 feet to the trig point. The eastern shoreline is enjoyable for three quarters of its length but does become marshy nearer the mainland. The return over the tops is probably best. It is all accessible and run as a nature reserve. According to legend the last wolf was killed here in 1390.

Recommend

Check the tide times, the walk is much better with the tide out. However sitting upon the slopes watching the tide come in is very entertaining.

Navigation tips on a walk round Humphrey Head

If you would like to vary the return to Allithwaite take the quiet roads to the west just beyond the entrance to the outdoor centre.

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