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Humphrey Head

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Status : OK
Wind : WSW    
Nil Wind : No    
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

Postcode for Sat Nav Systems (read the Health Warning!)

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.

IMPORTANT - Restrictions on use

This site closes for nesting perigrines around May / June period. Land only on the beach.

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.

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.

Resources

Don't click on flight logs, download to your PC first (right click and 'Save Link As')

Type Click to Follow Link Notes
Google Earth - Car Park Google Earth
Google Street View - Parking Street ViewThe southern parking area at Humphrey Head. Make sure you check the tides - on a high spring tide, the water can come up a long way!

Follow the links for further details of a site. For flights you will probably need to right click and save the link to your PC before opening Google Earth.
Google Earth links rely on Google Earth being installed on your system. Google Earth provides pan and tilt faciity. You can also upload your flights to GE - use GPS Dump (Links Page) to convert a variety of GPS file formats to a GE kml file
Flash Earth is an alternative to Google Earth but provides a top down view only. To view in Flash Earth, click on the instruction text to clear it - the cross is the spot

Local Information

Pubs

Nearest pubs to the site - for post flying debriefing only!

No pub details are available for this site. Send your recommendations to the webmaster.

 

A selection of photos showing key aspects of the site. If you have a good photo showing take off and landing areas, then send it to the webmaster. Aerial shots showing the landing area are especially welcome.

Looking at the south end of the Humphrey Head ridge with take off above the brown coloured patch on the cliff

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Looking at the north end of the ridge. The Land Rover is parked just be the entrance to the beach area. The road comes in from the left.

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Looking down on the beach landing area. Beware of landing in the stream beds, they can be very muddy.

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The take off area at the top of the cliffs. Commitment is needed!

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Site Records

This page shows records for this site. Some of the older records are not very detailed. More recent records may have an igc file available You can right click and download this to your PC. You can then use IGC Flight replay to view the flight.

Paragliding
No records for this site
Hang Gliding
No records for this site

Humphrey Head Map

Legend

Humphrey Head Map