Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Hampsfell & Humphrey Head – 17 April

After a fairly long day yesterday we decided to go back to ticking Wainwright’s Outlying Fells – we have been wandering round these fells for about 10 years now and perhaps the time for completing them is approaching. There are a handful near Newby Bridge and Sunday’s sunshine was enough to tempt us to visit the two most southerly ones, Hampsfell with its Hospice above Grange-over-Sands and Humphrey Head, a narrow finger of land jutting out into Morecambe Bay.

Humphrey Head-017Hampsfell Hospice with Pauline at the top of the external stairs

Humphrey Head-014Looking south from Hampsfell to the narrow finger that is Humphrey Head with Morecambe Bay beyond

Humphrey Head-004Both fells are characterised by their wind blown trees

Humphrey Head-005Wind blown tree with another beyond

Humphrey Head-007More trees with the salt marshes beyond and Morecambe Bay and Lancashire in the distance

Rarely have we seen any of the Outlying Fells in good weather – we have usually considered them as “ second best” to the high fells and visited them only when the weather has kept us off the high fells but these were delightful and Hampsfell, on a clear day which Sunday wasn’t, enjoys spectacular views of the high fells. The final delight was descending Humphrey Head and seeing a Peregrine Falcon sitting in a tree just above our heads. Peregrines may be the fastest animals on earth, hunting at over 180 mph (about 290 Km/hr). Short video here

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