Oct 24, 2009 · 10:30 AM
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A 7 mile walk starting from spooky Highgate Cemetery, right around Hampstead Heath and finishing up at the Spaniard's Inn (thanks to Simon for the pub recommendation).
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Always wanted to visit this famous cemetery but didn't know much about it... it sounds fascinating:
"The Victorian attitude to death and its presentation led to the creation of a wealth of Gothic tombs and buildings. It occupies a spectacular south-facing hillside site slightly downhill from the top of the hill of Highgate itself, next to Waterlow Park...
The cemetery's grounds are full of trees, shrubbery and wild flowers; all of which have been planted and grown without human influence. The grounds are a haven for birds and small animals such as foxes. The Egyptian Avenue and the Circle of Lebanon (topped by a huge Cedar of Lebanon) feature tombs, vaults and winding paths dug into hillsides. For its protection, the oldest section, which holds an impressive collection of Victorian mausoleums and gravestones, plus elaborately carved tombs, allows admission only in tour groups. The newer eastern section, which contains a mix of Victorian and modern statuary, can be toured unescorted." Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.o...
There are some woody areas in Hampstead Heath so hopefully we should be able to kick a few leaves around and enjoy the Autumnal colours.
Highgate Cemetery has it's own flickr group!
Meet me at 10.30 sharp. I will wear the meetup colours: a red and white striped ribbon and I look like this http://www.meetup.com...
How to book
- Nearest tube: Archway.
- Distance: Around 7 miles / 11 km.
- Grade: Easy.
- Route: From Highgate Cemetery and around Hampstead Heath.
- Terrain: Grass, pavement, uneven ground, woods, possibly mud.
- NOT Included: Entry to the West Cemetery £7 and / or the East Cemetery £3. Food and drink.
- To bring:
Food - in case you suddenly get hungry
Walking shoes (for mud or rough terrain)
Rain proof clothing
Sun protection clothing and / or sun cream
Mobile phone if you have one
Just hit the, RSVP button and pay via PayPal. You don't need to have a PayPal account.
Please remember that you are responsible for your own safety when you come on any meetup event.