Hampstead Heath is the perfect place to take a leisurely Sunday stroll on a crisp Autumn day in London. The Heath is rambling and hilly, with a picturesque model boating lake, ancient woodlands, a lido, playgrounds, and a wonderful view over the city of London. We wrapped up warm and headed down to the Heath to stretch our legs, blow off the cobwebs and devour the glory of the changing seasons. Here are a few snaps from our stroll on the Heath.
The red telephone box was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott and is a familiar sight on the streets of London. Iconically British the red telephone boxes have reduced in number recently, the remaining boxes are still operational for public use. The red telephone box was the result of a competition in 1924 to design a telephone kiosk. Scott’s design won the competition and so the iconic British red telephone box was born.
After my first full week back in London following our wonderful road trip adventure I was happy to be visiting the Heath for the first time in nearly a year. The autumn leaves are falling to create a carpet of colour in the woodlands, the sky was bright blue with almost cartoon like clouds and hoards of dog walkers, families and couples flocked to the Heath enjoy such a wonderful day.The SE part of the Heath is Parliament Hill, whose view over London is protected by law. Children and families play with kites at the top of the hill where the wind is best and the kites can soar up into the clouds. If you stand at the top of Parliament Hill you can see right out across London and spot most of the famous landmarks like St. Pauls Cathedral and the London Eye on the skyline.There are over 25 ponds on Hampstead Heath. We sat and watched the model boats go by in the model boating pond, crouched down to watch five swans swimming in formation and laughed and joked about all kinds of nonsense. If you get chance to visit Hamstead Heath I would recommend stopping off at Gospel Oak Underground Station just next to the park to visit the Southampton Arms. We needed warming up after our walk so stopped into the Southampton Arms for a ginger ale and Pork Pie which was incredible. The Southampton Arms is dedicated to selling ales and ciders brewed by small independent brewers, they sell homemade Pork Pies, Scotch Eggs and various other traditional delights.
‘In all things of nature there is something of the marvellous.’ -Aristotle
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