1st November 2014
On a bright Saturday in November, Runviewer took to Hampstead Heath to bring you a little of the mystery and magic of this famous North London landmark.
We start at Belsize Park tube station, but if you want to jump to two minutes in, we arrive at the entrance to the park, just by Gospel Oak, which you can access on the overground. This allows us to enter from the heath’s Southernmost corner, pass the lido on our left and leap straight up to the stunning view of London from Parliament Hill (3 minutes).
We take in the ponds, the wide, sweeping heaths and whispering, wooded trails, before concluding our adventure swinging past the ponds to the cafe.
Of course, one run can only touch on such a vast area, and this 790 acre park is no exception. Nestled to the North of the Park is the stately home, Kenwood House and to the East, the ever-popular Highgate Cemetery, where silent trees and fine funerary arcitechture abound.
Of course if you’re visiting the Heath on a warmer day, or are just feeling a little frivolous, the famous ponds are perfect for a cooling swim after a busy day’s exploring.
The park has two cafes, in addition to the one at Kenwood House.
However, Hampstead village itself has a profusion of places to rest and refresh, as does the main road between Belsize Park and Hampstead tube stations, which are on the Northern Line.
Gospel Oak and Hampstead Heath stations are nearby on the Overground with buses also serving the area, making it easy to access from the city.
Literature lovers might also want to take in the Keats House Museum, based in the poet’s former residence just South of the Heath. The National Trust’s Fenton House is a delightful 17th century home with a walled garden and the craziest selection of piano / keyboard thingys you’ve ever seen. That’s about 5 minutes walk from Hampstead station.