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
• 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.
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.