Guided walks

Our 2017 monthly guided walks on Hampstead Heath are essential for anyone interested in the history, conservation and ecology of the Heath.

2017
No walk in January

5 February
The history and topography of the Hampstead Heath ponds
10.30am; meet at Burgh House
led by Marc Hutchinson,
Chairman of the Heath and Hampstead Society and
Chairman of the Hampstead Heath Winter Swimming Club.

5 March
The Pergola, the Hill Garden and Golders Hill Park
10.30am; meet in North End Way, on Hampstead side of Inverforth House
led by for Peter Tausig, Trustee of the Society and member of the Heath Sub-Committee.

2 April
Birds of the Heath in Spring
9.30am; meet at Burgh House
led by John Hunt, former Chairman,
Marylebone Birdwatching Society

7 May
Athlone House, Cohen's Fields, & upper Highgate Ponds
2.30pm; meet in Hampstead Lane, entrance to Kenwood Walled Garden and Stables. (210 bus stop Compton Ave / Kenwood House)
led by Thomas Radice,
Trustee of the Heath and Hampstead Society and
member of the Heath Sub-Committee.

4 June
Identifying Trees in The Hill Garden
2.30pm; meet in North End Way, by entrance to Inverforth Close
led by Bettina Metcalfe, 
Local tree enthusiast and member of the 
International Dendrology Society.

2 July
The Ponds Project: what is it all about?
2.30pm; meet at Burgh House
led by Lynda Cook
H&HS Heath Sub-Committee and the Ponds Project Stakeholder Group.

6 August
The Hampstead Heath Extension
2.30pm; meet at the cattle trough and flower stall, Spaniard's End, near the Spaniard's Inn
led by Tony Ghilchik, 
H&HS Heath Sub-Committee.

3 September
Birds of the Heath in Autumn
9.30am; meet at Burgh House
led by John Hunt, former Chairman,
Marylebone Birdwatching Society.

1 October
Sandy Heath
2.30pm; meet at the Flagstaff, by Whitestone Pond
led by Lynda Cook
H&HS Heath Sub-Committee and the Ponds Project Stakeholder Group.

5 November
How the Heath was saved as public space & later expanded
10.30am; meet at Burgh House
led by Thomas Radice,
Trustee of the Heath and Hampstead Society and
member of the Heath Sub-Committee.

3 December
The Hidden Heath: signs of the Heath's past
A walk from Athlone House to Springett's wood
10.30am; meet in Hampstead Lane by 210 bus stop opposite Stormont Road
led by Michael Hammerson,
A Vice-President of the Highgate Society and
member of the Heath Sub-Committee.

2018
No walk in January

4 February
The history of the Hampstead Heath ponds
10.30am; meet at Burgh House
led by Marc Hutchinson,
Chairman of the Heath and Hampstead Society and
Secretary of the Hampstead Heath Winter Swimming Club

4 March
The Pergola, the Hill Garden and Golders Hill Park
10.30am; meet in North End Way, on Hampstead side of Inverforth House
led by for Peter Tausig, Trustee of the Society and member of the Heath Sub-Committee.

1 April
Birds of the Heath in Spring
9.30am; meet at Burgh House
led by John Hunt, former Chairman,
Marylebone Birdwatching Society





























Guided walk in front of Fenton House

For a modest charge you can see the Heath afresh. Learn the songs of its birds, walk along its old Saxon ditches, admire trees that have grown there since Elizabeth I was a child, discover hidden gardens and secret arches, and learn to read the Heath in ways that will enrich every one of your visits.

Walks are normally held on the first Sunday of every month except January. Most start from Burgh House, New End Square, Hampstead Village, NW3 1LT, 10 minutes walk from Hampstead Tube Station. For map see www.burghhouse.org.uk

Starting times are either 10.30am or 2.30pm (9.30am for birds). Walks last approximately two hours, and you are recommended to wear suitable footwear as conditions may be rough or muddy.

You will be invited to make a minimum donation of £5 per adult, collected at the beginning of each walk, to help support future development of the walks programme and the Society's activities.

The Society does not organise walks specifically for children but they are always welcome so long as they are suitably shod, can walk reasonable distances and are accompanied by an adult taking full responsibility for them.

Parking at Burgh House, especially in spring and summer is very difficult. The Heath car park on East Heath Road is 10 minutes walk; the West Heath car park (behind Jack Straw's Castle) is more likely to have spaces.
For further information contact the walk organiser:
Thomas Radice
07941 528 034
hhs.walks@gmail.com

Ten Self-Guided Walks
Hampstead Heritage Trail - a five section, 15 mile  walk, from Alexandra Palace to Camden Town with over 500 points of interest.

A Circular Walk through Highgate, Hampstead and Hampstead Heath - a five section, nine mile circular walk with over 290 points of interest.

An additional walk features the evolution of domestic architecture:

Walk 6 : North Hill Challenge

So-called because Highgate North Hill can fairly claim the greatest diversity of styles and periods of domestic architecture of any London street.


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