Hampstead to Belsize Park, 19 Nov
This walk is in three parts. We’ll meet at Hampstead Tube station at 10 am (Northern Line, Edgware branch – NB: depending on from which tube station you take the Northern Line, you may have to change at Camden Town for the Edgware branch).
We’ll walk via West Heath to the Hill Garden Pergola (terrain undulated with some steps in the woods and more steps at Pergola) – from there we’ll go to Golders Hill Gardens which has small animal enclosures – we’ll stop at the cafe there for an early lunch (Italian style food, snacks and cakes available – for picnic eaters there’ll be benches nearby as you cannot eat your own lunch at the tables in or outside the cafe). There’s a chance to break off (bus services 268 to Hampstead tube or 210 either to Golders Green or Highgate).
We’ll continue around the Hampstead Heath Extension, then a short section through Sandy Heath before we’ll go on to Kenwood House where we’ll stop for brief refreshments/loos etc. Another chance to break off by taking 210 bus from Spaniards Road nr Kenwood House either to Golders Green or Highgate.
Remaining walk is through the main heath towards the east section past Highgate ponds and eventually up to the top of Parliament Hill (hopefully nice views towards City) before dropping down to Southend Green/Road. From there transport facilities either by Overground from Hampstead Heath station (not to be confused with Hampstead tube station!!) or buses 168 or 24. If tube preferred, a short walk to Belsize Park station (168 bus also goes past this station). Total walk from Hampstead tube to Belsize Park tube approx. 8.5m.
If weather on our side, we should enjoy a lovely display of autumn colours. Happy walking!