Hampstead Heath

February 22, 2011 at 9:00 am | Posted in London, Out and About, Tourism, Travel, UK | Leave a comment
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I’ve been meaning to visit London’s famed Hampstead Heath and one Saturday I made the trek from South London to the North.

The park is vast and encompasses wonderful views of the city, a free art gallery, playing fields, outdoor swimming pools and large areas to just wander and get lost in.

It’s the latter that I found both a strength and a weakness. There’s something wonderful about the (imaginary) prospect of getting lost and exploring. Having said that there are a few notable places (or at least places highlighted on maps) I couldn’t find as within the park there are very few signs so it’s quite possible to miss out.

A friend says this is so only locals know all the best bits. Whether this is true or not it may be a good idea to have a local take you around – but only after you’ve gone for a self guided ramble first.

The gallery, Kenwood House, at the north of the heath is in a stately home and a good stop off to have a wander through. I particularly liked the library. While free they appreciate a donation. There are also a few cafes there so it’s a good spot to sit and recharge.

I look forward to going back in the summer to try out the pools and maybe have a picnic.

Pictures on Flickr.

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