This walk is FREE for holders of the Ken's Events Membership Card (see below). Get out, explore and enjoy London's abundant green spaces and surprising surrounding countryside, whilst making new friends in a group walk!! Give up the city streets for a day and breathe some fresh air. Improve your overall fitness levels, whilst chatting to new people during the walk and afterwards in a pub.
Today walk is through Golders Hill Park and Hampstead Heath to the SECRET PERGOLA, hidden amongst the trees and constructed during the years 1904 to 1925. It is a magnificent Edwardian extravagance built as the setting for garden parties and summer evening strolls. Afterwards we head across the heath to the beautifully and recently restored KENWOOD HOUSE (free entry), where we break for 30 minutes. After visiting Kenwood House we head back onto the heath before heading towards Highgate Wood and finishing at the Mossy Well pub in Muswell Hill.
Kenwood House (Free Entry) is a former stately home, in Hampstead, London, on the northern boundary of Hampstead Heath. It is managed by English Heritage.
Kenwood House, was remodelled and extended by the Scottish architect Robert Adam for William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield, from 1764 to 1779. The interiors designed by Adam include some of his finest surviving schemes, particularly the ‘Great Room’ or library. After Kenwood’s original contents were sold in 1922 the house and grounds were bought by Edward Cecil Guinness, 1st Earl of Iveagh, who in 1927 bequeathed his outstanding collection of paintings to the nation.
Kenwood House is best known for the many original masterpieces on display, including the following famous paintings;
Portrait of the Artist c.1665-Rembrandt van Rij.
The Guitar Player c.1672-Johannes Vermeer:
Mary, Countess Howe c.1764-Thomas Gainsborough:
Coast scene with Fishermen c.1803- Turner:
Old London Bridge 1630 -Claude de Jongh:
Anthony van Dyck - Princess Henrietta of Lorraine 1634:
The Angerstein Children c[masked] Sir Joshua Reynolds:
Meeting at Golders Green Station (Northern Line).
Finishing at the Mossy Well pub in Muswell Hill. which is a 15 minute walk or short bus ride to East Finchley Tube Station, Highgate Tube Station or Archway Tube Station (all on the Northern Line).
COST:This walk is FREE for holders of the Ken's Events Membership Card otherwise please note there is a £5 organisers charge for this meetup.
Route: This is a green/health walk, therefore it will be focused, where possible, on green open spaces and forested areas well away from busy streets and other members of the community.
Walk will remain dispersed at all times - which means no gatherings or bunching of more than 6 persons.
Walk will be at a good pace and continuous with no stopping in order to maintain dispersal of walkers (NOT SUITABLE for slow walkers or those expecting a running commentary).
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RISK WARNING FOR ALL WALKS: Dress appropriately for weather conditions with non-slip sturdy shoes and carry a bottle of water and necessary medication. You must be moderately fit for this walk and be able to walk for four miles without a break. In these walks we use; pavements, cross busy roads, public parkland, towpaths alongside water, rights of way, bridlepaths, country lanes and other established paths and tracks through woodland, bush and countryside. Please take care as surfaces may be muddy, slippery, uneven, tree roots may protrude, there may be low overhanging branches,stinging nettles, and some paths also have joggers, cyclists and even cars (country lanes). On occasion wild,domestic and farm animals may be encountered. If you require insurance for these walks then you must arrange this yourself.
Unfortunately no dogs and children are permitted on these walks.