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Humphrey Head

Key Facts

Status : OK
IMPORTANT - Restrictions on use This site closes for nesting perigrines around May / June period. Land only on the beach.
Last Updated : 02/02/2018 at 15:19 by Ian Henderson
Wind : WSW Nil Wind : N
Grid Ref : SD392735 Height (AMSL) : 180' / 55m
Site Code : 17.066 Top to Bottom : 180' / 55m

Location

S Lakes - S of Grange-over-Sands

Details

A small coastal site that is fun to fly being for half its length over the beach and the rest over fields. Not officially negotiated but there are no problems. Landing should be made on the edge of the beach (semi grass) in front of take off. An interesting feature is the "blow hole", a natural limestone feature, that gives you a boost as you fly over it.

Site Officer

Burkitt Rudd : 07811 642533

Access

Postcode for Sat Nav Systems

LA11 7LX

Wyke Farm. The postcode centre is about 1km north of the parking site. When the road bends sharply to the south, don't follow the GPS; instead turn right for the beach.

Getting There

From Flookburgh take a long straight minor road that leads towards the Ponderosa holiday park. After 800m turn left and follow this road towards the foot of the cliff. Park on edge of the beach.

Getting to takeoff

Paragliders need only walk up the steep path left of the cliffs. Hang glider pilots can park 400m sooner, by a grid near the Outdoor Centre and walk along crest of hill.

XC potential

Zero - though it is not unknown for thermals to rise off the hot sands in front of the cliff.

Permission to use site

None officially negotiated.

Briefing

Additional Safety Notes

Semi cliff take off so care is required. Do not go too far back due to the presence of trees and rotor. On the beach, be aware that the tide can come in very quickly - on spring tides, it comes in faster than you can run. Also quicksands are common on the sands, especially the wet areas.

Paragliding

Take-off is in front of the fence on the slope over the main cliff. The widest part is near the trig point. Care required. Walk in via the steep path up the left side of the cliff.

Hang Gliding

Small but pleasant with good top landing area.

XC potential

Zero - though it is not unknown for thermals to rise off the hot sands in front of the cliff.

Humphrey Head Map