Hampstead, Hampstead, Hampstead and Hampstead


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If you love London - you will love this photowalk which takes in the village and then a walk onto the Heath to Parliament Hill with amazing views over the world's favourite city, and then on to the elegant classic beauty of the Hampstead Pergola and Hill Gardens, and ending with a walk down to Golders Hill Park, with its zoo and cafe.

SO we'll meetup at 11.15 outside of Hampstead tube station.  We'll set off at 11.30 sharp and walk downhill to the east Heath and then through the woods when we will bear right and walk into the open and uphill to the viewpoint on Parliament Hill.   Here there will be views to die for and loads of photos for the taking.   We'll then retrace our footsteps somewhat and then walk up the Heath across the pond to Spaniard's Road exit.   We'll walk up North End Rd a little way before entering Hampstead Hill Gardens and Pergola - the most fantastic hidden secret garden in London.   The sheer Edwardian elegance  and beauty are breathtaking and along with its slight dereliction,  will mean that we'll want to spend a good hour trying to record the beauty and feelings that it arouses onto our cameras.  When we are done we will walk downhill to Golder's Hill park where there is a cafe, bandstand and zoo.   Golders Green station is about 15 mins away and then it's home time about 4pm.


• To capture Hampstead Village - get that one picture that shows what the village is all about, the picture will need to be special as many have tried in the past - show the village feel.....

• The Heath - the view, the woods - if you have the software try a panorama.  Try to get a picture of London below us but also show where we are.

• A picture of the Hill Garden and Pergola that demonstrates the elegant beauty but also the sense of dereliction.

• Autumn Colours!


• Bring whatever camera you have.  The challenges are more about composition and an eye for a photo rather than using fancy settings.   For composition try and remember the 'rules' - rule of thirds, lead in lines, selecting a good viewpoint, using foreground to give depth to your shot......Please ask if you need help.

• For those with manual settings - try to use manual and think about ISO, aperture and shutter speed so you get the desired effect.  By using manual it makes one think about how one is taking each shot and then manual setting becomes gradually automatic in one's mind!

• Lenses - wide angle might be good as well as a standard prime lens but - bring what you have. But try not to bring too much weight!


• We will NOT be stopping for lunch - apart from getting a snack in Hampstead the only other place to stop for refreshments will be Golders Hill Park.  Please bring water.

• This is a LONG walk - 4-5 miles -  over uneven ground - please be prepared for this and wear sensible shoes, bring water and sun screen if it is sunny.

• Please have a go at the challenges and upload your photos after the meetup.   This is a photographic meetup and my aim is to help everyone improve their photography skills.  I have always asked you to state your settings when you upload pics but I'm aware that some of you don't want to - so don't worry - it should be fun and that's the main thing.   If you want and can say why you took a shot though we can all learn from this.  Please make constructive comments for at least one other photo for each one you upload.

• If anyone wants advice or guidance on photo techniques please ask.

• ALL types of camera are welcome - remember you can take a brilliant photo with a phone camera and a rubbish photo with the state or the art SLR!

• Hampstead Heath - originally called Hemstede is 6kms only north of central London.  The Heath runs from Hampstead in the west to Highgate in the east.   790 acres and includes areas such as Parliament Hill, Boudicca's Mound (east) and Kenwood House and estate to the north.   It has 25 ponds, including Highgate Ponds to the east which were originally water reservoirs, fed by the river Fleet and now two of which are men and lady only bathing ponds.  The West Heath to the west of Hampstead is famous for other things and Golders Hill Park is an extension to the northwest.

• Parliament Hill is 322 feet above London and was originally called Traitors' Hill - named Parliament Hill after the English Civil war.

• Hampstead Underground station has the deepest level platforms of the London underground - 192 feet deep.

• Hampstead Heath has its own police force (Hampstead Heath Constabulary) with 12 constables.

• Hampstead Pergola and Hill Gardens was constructed from 1906 by Lord Leverhulme.  It was taken over by Baron Iverforth and after his death the house was a convalescent home - it was taken over by the London County Council which became the GLC and in 1986 after the GLC was abolished it was taken over and has been slowly renovater by the City of London Corporation, which also looks after the Heath and Golders Hill Park.

• Golders Hill Park has a bandstand, a cafe and a zoo which is free and is one of only 2 zoos in London which is registered with BIAZA.




MAP: https://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?msid=205479868673441719319.0004e3fda7ec523ed8524&msa=0

As usual I'll email my tel number nearer the time to those going - I've walked the route and I think this will be great - maybe worth redoing next summer when the garden is full of bloom...........Sign Up Now.

......and remember................DON'T bring a dog! - Not even Yours!

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  • Keith B.

    Thanks for organising Peter. A good day and the weather held out for us.

    October 27, 2013

  • Peter

    It was a pity more people didn't come as the weather was actually superb with glorious sun on Parliament Hill and great views, and just enough 'blowiness' to get the leaves blowing around. Thanks to those that did make it - Keith, Helen, Kate (hope you got back to the wrong station safely), and extra big thanks to Joe (first timer) and Eileen who travelled half way across the country to get to it!!! See you all soon and can't wait for the photos. :-)

    October 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would be nice to have a coffe break or short lunch break along the journey.

    October 27, 2013

    • Peter

      Thanks for coming Joe - it would have been nice to have a lunch stop, but did you see anywhere to stop? The description did say there was no stop....anyway it helped my diet (until I hot the Upper Crust at Waterloo!). Hopefully see you again on a future meetup!

      October 27, 2013

  • Kathleen

    So sorry but I can't make this now. Still have unfinished weekend chores. Hope every has a good day out.

    October 27, 2013

  • Peter

    Ok everyone - just looked at met office weather and it is looking good - we seem to have a window and after midday it actually now says sunshine!!!

    So we will meet up as planned and I look forward to seeing you all - sunshine means even better photos.

    Check before leaving just in case it all changes but I don't think it will.

    Looking forward to the uploaded pics - please upload and comment on others' pics.

    Bring the map.

    Bring umbrella .......just in case!


    PS - for those coming by train please check timings as there are delays between Waterloo and Clapham Junction.

    October 26, 2013

    • Teresa

      Sorry I can't make this now but I hope the weather holds out for you.

      October 26, 2013

  • Lynne

    I am not going to be able to get to this meet but hope to see you all soon.

    October 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi my name is David and I work permitting that I will be there.

    October 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately, this now clashes with the annual family reunion. Enjoy your day out.

    September 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have to admit I am not a great London fan!

    September 17, 2013

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