There isn’t a flat spot in Hampstead but we’ve worked out a way of showing you all the best Hampstead has to offer without continually going up hill and down dale. This is also one of our prettiest walks.
We start by showing you a rare early 18th century fire plaque on a house and tell you the story behind such things. We then see some fine Georgian architecture en-route to Hampstead’s historic churchyard full of the graves of the rich and famous. Then it’s on to an interesting old watch house and a couple of dodgy plaques which we’ll explain about. Before long we’re at the highest point in London, before entering the area which explains why our walk is ‘healthy’ – we see old chest hospitals, a workhouse infirmary, am open air public bathing pool within a set of ponds, and Marie Stopes pops up too. And throughout we’re walking through lovely leafy lanes full of charming old architecture, as well as strolling across a bit of Hampstead Heath. We also see a lock up (a tiny holding cell jail), a 17th century fountain, old cottages, and lots of plaques to well known people who lived in Hampstead. We finish with the famous view of London from Kite Hill
Start Hampstead underground station
Finish Hampstead Heath overground station
Shorter walk – Omit Parliament Hill view of London and finish back at Hampstead underground station