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Spider Foray

Discover the original web designers!

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Constable and Hampstead

Follow in the footsteps of John Constable, from where he painted to where he is laid to rest. Exploring how features of the town and surrounding landscape of the Heath painted by Constable can still be recognised today.This is a linear walk ending at St John’s, Hampstead Parish Church, Church Row.

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Birds of the Heath in the Autumn

Despite its urban location there’s always something interesting to spot on the Heath: Bittern, Golden Oriole and Honey Buzzard have all come our way before! Nothing promised … but you never know.

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Sandy Heath and the Heath Extension

Explore the real Heath, home to Hampstead’s first settlers, a racetrack, and visual evidence of the heath’s destruction before it was saved. Then head North into the farmland beyond – now the Heath Extension.

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From Parliament Hill to Highgate: History and Landmarks

Look at this special mile with fresh eyes and learn how events taking place on the northern slope of the Thames Valley have sometimes helped shape the history of England.

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Laughter in the Landscape

Comedy, humour in science, films, music, local links to actors, writers, theatre and the landscape. Note: this walk will be reviewed when more details of the Coronation arrangements on Sat 6 May become available.  

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Birds of the Heath in Spring

Discover the returning birds of the Heath in the company of expert birder Pete Mantle. Find out who has arrived from where:  chiff-chaff, willow warbler, redstart, winchat, flycatcher – if they’re there, Pete will find them…and maybe you’ll find others…

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The Pergola, the Hill Garden and Golder’s Hill Park

Learn more about the West side of the Heath: familiar, and perhaps not so familiar.

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History of the Hampstead Heath ponds

From Medieval fish ponds to reservoirs for London to the recent controversies surrounding the dams project. All that and the chance to find out whether Winter Swimmers reallly are made of something else.

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The Pergola, the Hill Garden and Golder’s Hill Park

Learn more about the West side of the Heath: familiar, and perhaps not so familiar.

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