Home to some of London’s largest areas of parkland, tree-lined avenues and stunning views over to the City, Hampstead Heath is a walker’s paradise.
The heath enables residents of London to keep fit and healthy on a morning jog or weekend ramble through its gorgeous woods and tracks.
And visitors to London, who have shopped till they’ve dropped on Oxford Street or Knightsbridge often head to Hampstead Heath for a quiet stroll to recoup and relax.
Hampstead is located on the Northern Line and you can get to the heath from either Hampstead Tube in the heart of Hampstead Village (10 minutes walk) or Hampstead Heath station on the London Overground line (a few minutes).
My favourite walk around the heath is to enter from Kenwood House on Hampstead Lane – a 17th century country mansion in the heart of Hampstead Heath.
Kenwood is about a 20-minute walk from Hampstead Tube and surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens, open parkland and walking tracks.
The road up to Kenwood hugs the heath and although there are several access points into the woods along your route – however, it’s worth waiting till you get to Kenwood to discover the heath.
When you arrive you get a sense of the immediate tranquility and charm of Kenwood – walk a little further and you’ve escaped to a secluded enchanted forests and wooded tracks deep within the heath.
The house (designed by Robert and James Adam) is now full of ancient treasures, paintings and exhibitions. For those on a family day there’s also a café, orangery and outdoor terrace of Kenwood for refreshments after your stroll.