Hampstead Heath

Start: Hampstead Heath Overground Station

Finish: Hampstead Heath Overground Station

Length: 6.8 km/ 4.25 miles

Weather: Cold but sunny.

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I had a spare afternoon, it was bright and sunny, but cold so I hopped on the train for a walk around Hampstead Heath.

The first pond I came too was completely frozen over. This is affectionately called Hampstead No.1 Pond.

Hampstead No.1 Pond

 

The view from Parliament Hill to the City. The hill is 98 metres (322 ft) high. Legend states that this was the site from where Guy Fawkes planned to watch the destruction of Parliament in the Gunpowder Plot on 5 November 1605, which is about 10 km (6 miles) away.

Parliament Hill

 

Hampstead Heath

 

Hampstead Heath

 

Kenwood House (also known as the Iveagh Bequest) is a former stately home. The original house dates from the early 17th century when it was known as Caen Wood House. In 1754 it was bought by William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield. He commissioned Robert Adam to remodel it from 1764-1779.

Kenwood House

 

Highgate Hill and Ali Pali off in the distance.

Hampstead Heath

 

The Vale of Health is an enclave surrounded by Hampstead Heath.

Hampstead Heath

 

More trees.

Hampstead Heath

 

More trees at sunset.

Hampstead Heath