Humphrey Head

Humphrey Head Summit Trig Point
Humphrey Head Summit Trig Point

Walks By Keyword / Analysis: Cumbria, Humphrey Head

A Few Facts About Humphrey Head

Location -
Humphrey Head is a limestone outcrop situated between the villages of Allithwaite and Flookburgh. It is whale-back-shaped and accessible for walkers, giving views over Morecambe Bay to Lancaster, Morecambe, Heysham and over the Leven estuary to Ulverston. There is an Ordnance Survey trig point at the top.

Outlying Wainwright Fell -
Humphrey Head is the subject of a chapter of Wainwright's book The Outlying Fells of Lakeland, although he says "Not by any exercise of the imagination can Humphrey Head be classed as an outlying fell of Lakeland" as although it is certainly "outlying", the summit is a mere 172 feet (52 metres) and "a fell it is certainly not". He describes a walk from Kents Bank railway station. Humphrey Head is the traditional location for the killing of the last wolf in England, in about 1390. Folklore has it that the wolf descended the fells from near Coniston where it had caused havoc among the sheep flocks. After it attacked a child in Cark the country-folk chased it to the end of Humphrey Head where it was killed with pikes (spears) while hiding among the rocks.

Summit -
The summit of Humphrey Head has a triangulation point on a grassy top and stands at 53 metres (174 feet).
Links To Walks

Hill / Mountain Class(s)
0-99 Metre Hill, Tump, Wainwright Outlying

Hill / Mountain Details