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Explore Hampstead Heath and see my favourite trees!

COME WHATEVER THE WEATHER - GOT ALL THE ANGLES COVERED!

Discover the true Hampstead Heath and its stunning views, lakes, woodland, fields and meadows.

This mostly gentle walk will cover approximately 5 miles, lasting around 4 hours and including a break for refreshments.

The walk will for the most part be level and along established pathways. There will however be a gentle but long incline up and down Parliament Hill and several excursions through rugged woodland, including short but steeper and possibly muddy inclines. All guests are asked to wear appropriate boots and clothing to cater for both the above described terrain and the weather.

And of course bring your camera to capture and save these beautiful memories.

Meet and Social

11:00  We will meet at the Magdala Pub for coffee and conversation. The pub is a short distance from Hampstead Heath overground station (not to be confused with Hampstead tube station). Exit Hampstead Heath station and cross over the road. The pub is a few metres along, to the right.

Address: The Magdala, 2a South Hill Park, NW3 2SB - (Opens at 11am)

Note: The London Overground is part of the London tube network and operates in a very similar manner. Connection to the appropriate Overground line can be made from the following tube stations …

• Highbury & Islington

• Stratford

• West Hampstead

• Willesden Junction

• West Brompton

• Kensington (Olympia)

• Shepherds Bush

11:30  Leave the pub and head toward Hampstead Heath.


Hampstead Heath – Fields and Ponds

Our stroll through Hampstead Heath takes us first across the bridge separating the Mixed Bathing and Hampstead ponds; then along and up Parliament Hill to see the magnificent view across the City of London, West End and surrounding areas.

Then a gentle downhill stroll through Parliament Hill Fields toward Highgate Ponds, passing along and between the Model Boating, Men’s Bathing and Bird Sanctuary ponds. Drink fountain and toilets are nearby.

Next we venture into the light woodland of South Meadow following the stream before heading up across more rugged woodland and through a gate into the Kenwood grounds. Along the way we will pass the first three of my favourite trees.

Our stroll will then take us along the pathed woodland of the Duelling Ground and around Thousand Pound pond toward Kenwood House; taking-in the picturesque view back across the pond toward Sham Bridge (a dummy timber façade which actually sits on the bank of the pond, giving the illusion that the water continues beyond).

We will then take a break for refreshments at the Brew House café allowing time for those who wish to explore the nearby Kenwood House, and its beautiful flower gardens.

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/kenwood/

This part of our stroll marks the approximate halfway point.


Hampstead Heath – Woodlands and Heaths

We continue our stroll to the east of West Meadow, across Stoney Bridge then along pathed woodland toward Westfield Gate. Here we will discover another two of my favourite trees.

We then continue along rugged woodland tracks, first passing a drink fountain and toilets, then progressing toward the Vale of Heath Pond.

Next we follow a light track cutting across East Heath and down an incline toward a small stream, first passing a stunning redwood tree, seemingly far from home yet standing proudly and conspicuously amongst its neighbours.

We then continue across and past the stream, then up an incline and through rugged woodland toward the beautiful Viaduct Pond.

Next we progress up and along the side of the pond and over the viaduct, before heading toward and across Bird Bridge. We then again cut into the woodland to find the last of my favourite trees on this walk.

Finally we continue through the woodland then along the path around the Sports Ground. We then again cut through the woodland toward the Mixed Bathing pond and back along to the first bridge we crossed when starting our walk.

Pub and Social

For those that wish to continue to socialise over a drink or two, we will be heading back to the Magdala Pub.

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  • Jacquelyn

    Just to let everyone know have posted some photos - not sure if you'll be aware other than this note?! Hope they come out ok and bring good memories of a lovely day.......

    .

    1 · April 27, 2014

    • Libby O.

      Great pictures jacque :)

      April 28, 2014

    • Andy

      Fantastic pics Jacquie. Many thanks.

      April 28, 2014

  • Andy

    Hi everyone, and thanks for all your kind comments and for making yesterday such fun day on the Heath. The weather gods were certainly watching over us.

    I was fascinated by all the varying reactions to my favourite trees and how so many of you spotted things that I had never before noticed, despite having visited so many times. And Jacquie, I do hope you are able to post some of the pictures on the website.

    April 27, 2014

  • crudgie

    the whole day went just right

    2 · April 27, 2014

  • Libby O.

    It was fabulous , i look forward to the next one. :)

    3 · April 26, 2014

  • Jacquelyn

    A very enjoyable day- so well organised Andy, thanks, and lovely people... And that's not even starting on the joys of Kenwood House and the sunshine!.......

    1 · April 26, 2014

  • Henry K

    really enjoyed it

    1 · April 26, 2014

  • Maura

    A really interesting and pleasant day with a fabulous host and excellent companions :-)

    2 · April 26, 2014

  • Ann

    Morning all, so sorry for the short notice but i have not been to well for the past couple of days and thought i would be ok to day but no . hope to see you all on another walk have a great time Ann

    April 26, 2014

    • Andy

      Hi Ann, sorry to hear you're not feeling too well this morning, and hope you're feeling better soon. Yes, hope to see you on another walk soon.

      April 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry, was looking forward to this but .... a bit wet for me (yes i'm a lightweight)
    hope to see you on another trip

    April 26, 2014

    • Andy

      Hi Sandra, no worries. Yes does look a little grey right now, but forecast to brighten-up around 10am. So feel free to join us if you change your mind later :-)

      April 26, 2014

  • Barbel D

    Hi Andy, I am really sorry, I thought my knee would be ok today, but still have problem with that. I love the Heath, so shall come kn another occasion. Have a great day.

    April 26, 2014

    • Andy

      Hi Barbel, no worries, and hope your knee improves soon. Hope to see you on the next Heath walk.

      April 26, 2014

  • Elizabeth P.

    Hi. So sorry but something has come up and I can't make this. I wish I could and am sure it will be a lovely day. Regards
    Elizabeth

    April 25, 2014

    • Andy

      Hi Elizabeth, sorry I missed your earlier message. Thanks for letting me know, and yes, the weather is looking better than forecast earlier in the week. Hope to see you on the next walk.

      April 26, 2014

  • Beverley

    Hi Andy. I am very sorry to "wimp out" at the last minute but I am not going to be able to join you tomorrow. Hopefully, I will get to another one of your walks soon. Have a great time. Apologies again for not being able to let you know earlier.

    April 25, 2014

    • Andy

      Hi Beverly, no need to apologise. Was great chatting with you on Wednesday and you reminding me about packed-lunches :-) Will hopefully see you on the next walk.

      April 25, 2014

  • Marie

    Hi Andy- I've changed my RSVP to "No" To be honest, I don't have good walking boots/shoes - YET!- and while out walking today, I slid around a bit...
    I look forward to next time:)

    April 25, 2014

    • Andy

      Hi Marie, no problem. The vast majority of the walk is along paved pathways but there will be a couple of small and more muddy excursions through the woodland. Hope you manage to get a pair of walking boots/shoes for the next occasion :-) See you then.

      April 25, 2014

  • Pippa

    Am so sorry to be missing this walk but a family issue has come up. I do so hope it will be repeated!

    April 25, 2014

    • Andy

      Hi Pippa, and no worries. Thanks for letting me know, and hope all is resolved okay with the family issue. Hope you can make the next one.

      April 25, 2014

  • Andy

    Hi all,

    Forgot to mention in my last correspondence that guests are welcome to bring a packed-lunch or snacks etc, on the walk.

    And just another reminder of some other things to note for the walk (and for those who have more recently joined the list of guests) …

    There will be up to thirty of us all meeting initially at the Magdala pub. I would ask that each person purchase a cup of tea or coffee or some small beverage or snack, in order that we remain welcome to gather at that location.

    Please take time to plan your route to the pub, not forgetting that Hampstead Heath station is on the Overground part of the tube network. The nearest Underground station is Belsize Park (Northern line - Edgware branch) which is about a 10 minute walk from the Magdala pub.

    The forecast for tomorrow is currently for rain in the morning, turning to showers with some sunshine from midday; so please continue to monitor the forecast and bring or wear adequate waterproofs as necessary.

    April 25, 2014

  • Noelle Q.

    Sorry, I can't make this event now but hope it comes up again soon

    regards

    April 24, 2014

    • Andy

      Hi Noelle, Yes it’s certainly my intention to organise more of these walks again. Hopefully will see you next time.

      April 24, 2014

  • Gemma T.

    Hi there, sorry, I can't come after all. Hope I'm telling you this in the proper way - don't know how to change my rsvp!

    April 23, 2014

    • Andy

      Hi Gemma, no worries. I see you have managed to change your RSVP also :-)

      Hope to see you at another event.

      April 24, 2014

  • Sandra F.

    I would've loved to have come but I am unavailable at that time but have a beautiful time those who do go
    Sandra x

    April 22, 2014

    • Andy

      Hi Sandra, I'm sure there will be other opportunities for you to join us on this event over the summer months. Hope to see you then.

      April 23, 2014

  • Elizabeth P.

    Hi. So glad there is finally an event I can get to - look forward to meeting you all

    April 21, 2014

    • Andy

      Hi Elizabeth, glad you can make this event and look forward to meeting you also.

      April 21, 2014

    • Elizabeth P.

      Thank you. Although I see I'm on a wait list. I guess I will wait to hear?

      April 22, 2014

  • Libby O.

    Really looking forward to this walk, do you know is there any charge?

    April 19, 2014

    • Andy

      Hi Libby, really pleased that you're looking forward to this walk. No there is no charge. All you need is your enthusiasm :-)

      1 · April 20, 2014

  • nikki r.

    Hi - I've had to change my RSVP unfortunately as checking in my diary I seed I'm already booked for a trip on that date.

    April 9, 2014

    • Andy

      Hi Nikki,

      No problem. Hopefully I’ll see you on another Hampstead Heath walk in the not too distant future.

      April 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi always wanted to do this walk. Look forward to meeting you.

    April 7, 2014

    • Andy

      Hi Teresa,

      Yes, Hampstead Heath is my favourite London walk. Virtually spent every weekend there last summer, investigating every nook and cranny. Let’s cross fingers for some good weather on the day. Look forward to meeting you also.

      April 7, 2014

  • Ann

    Hi all this will be my 1st meet up looking forward to it ,

    April 7, 2014

    • Andy

      Hi Ann, and welcome to our group. Am delighted that you have chosen this great walk as your first Meetup event. You’ll have a great time and meet a lovely group of friendly people. Look forward to seeing you on the 26th.

      April 7, 2014

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