Hampstead Heath provides a great place to escape the crowds and noise of the city and enjoy some fabulous scenery and views.
Hampstead Heath is an 800 acre wilderness park located along a ridge in the northern part of London. It provides Londoner's with a beautiful nearby wilderness escape and several amenities.
This large wilderness features a rambling network of walking paths through open grassy areas and woodlands. There are many ponds, of which a couple are used as swimming pools, one serves as a small fishing lake and another is used for model boating. Other amenities include a lido, a sports field and playgrounds. During the spring and summer months many varieties of wildflowers can be seen carpeting the grassy areas and around some of the ponds. Birdwatchers will be able to observe a wide variety of waterfowl, songbirds and more.
Parliament Hill which rises 322 feet above the city of London is one of the highlights. A short hike up this gentle hill provides some excellent views of the London skyline.
Adjoining the Heath on the western boarder is Golders Hill Park. This grassy park features a formal flower garden, a water garden and a duck pond. It also has a small zoo. Unlike the Heath however the park is fenced and is closed during the night.
Famous poet, John Keats and Landscape painter John Constable both found inspiration for their work from this beautiful area.
All in all, Hampstead Heath is an awesome place to enjoy a pleasant day away from the crowds of the city
You can download detailed City of London PDF maps of the entire Hampstead Heath to print out at home from the links below.
PDF Download: Hampstead Heath MapSize 2.19 MB
PDF Download: Hampstead Heath Trail MapSize .54MB
For more information about the Hampstead Heath and it's amenities visit the Hampstead Heath page at: City of London.