29th March 2014

Walks 2 & 3 Hampsfell and Humphrey Head


Walk Overview
Time Most of the afternoon with a drive between the walks
Duration not sure
Distance 5.5 mile
Ascent 925 ft
Walking with Jennifer, Rod Hepplewhite, Michael Cox
First walk = Grange-Over-Sands - Grange Fell Road - Fell End - Hampsfell - Eggerslack Wood - Hampsfell Road - Grange-Over-Sands
Second walk = Road below Humphrey Head - Humphrey Head - Humphrey Head Point - Humphrey Head Wood - Road back to Car
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Route Map


After a short drive, we arrive in Grange-over-Sands for our second walk of the three we'd be doing today. The first walk was of a normal length just over 6 miles and the remaining two were both quite short but add them all together and we'd end up walking over 12 miles over quite different terrane.

It was a case of one stile, , , ,
, , , , after another, , , ,
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A very hazy view down to Grane-over-Sands.

A big cairn on Fell End. Down in the valley you can make out Cartmel.


The leaning tree of Hampsfell.

Heading towards the top of Hampsfell.

More limestone escarpment.

The top of Hampsfell is marked by this curious building (shelter) called The Hospice. I took lots of pictures in the building and on top of it but it was only when I got home that I realised I hadn't taken a picture showing the building as a whole. 1 out of 10 for paying attention.





The way in, and out of course.

On top of the the building is this pointer. Despite there being no instruction manual or person of superior intellect at hand to offer instruction, we quickly worked out the correct method of operation for ourselves. Turn the dial, look at the number, and the board tells you what you're looking at. Yes, perhaps the simplest ideas really are the best.
Imagine how complicated and un-user friendly this would be if someone was tasked with building something like this these days. Not to mention the cost which would no doubt spiral away from any resemblance to the original estimate.



The lane back to Grange-over-Sands.


Next to the charcoal burners camp we passed this bike which was camouflaged but not quite invisible.

On route to the town you pass by this old lime-kiln.


Walk 3 of the day - Humphery Head

Sorry Jennifer, I just had to use this picture. Humphrey Head has to be the smallest hill I've been on for a very long time but the direct route we took today was probably the steepest and slipperiest place I've walked in ages. Okay, perhaps Kirk Fell was steep but if I'm honest there wasn't much in it and this was definitely trickier because of was so slippery.

A hazy view from Humphery Head.

That's somewhere I wouldn't like to be when the tide is on the way in. Thinking about it, I wouldn't want to be down there whatever the tide was doing.

"You two carry on walking while I take some pictures. When the water gets up to your knees you know you've gone too far"


and the winner of the cutest lamb seen at the weekend is, , , ,


Humphery Head Point and Head.

You seem to have ran out of land so that's as far as you're going in that direction!!

This was where the others stopped speaking to me and said I was totally useless. Apparently, I was supposed to bring the buckets and spades so we could make sand castles. It helps if people tell you these things doesn't it.

We couldn't walk any further in the other directions so we headed back inland.

What a brilliant day !

David Hall -
Lake District Walks