Brent CrossHampstead Heath

Breham one
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Distance

6km/4mi

Ascent

97m

Descent

82m

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Brent Cross and Hampstead Heath.

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Brent Cross and Hampstead Heath.

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Route status - Live

Reviews - 6

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Is this route good enough? -  Yes (6)

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Downloads - 4

Surveys

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DescriptionNote
Grade 2: Mostly smooth and compacted surfaces, but there may be some loose gravel, muddy patches or cobbles.
Access grade X: At least one stile, flight of steps or other obstacle that is highly likely to block access for wheelchair and scooter users.
Grading is based on average scores by surveyors. This slow way has 2 surveys.
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Facilities

Facilities in the middle third of this route.

Present at time of survey Public toilet (2)
Maybe present Wheelchair accessible toilet (1)
Present at time of survey Supermarket (1)
Present at time of survey Restaurant (1)
Maybe present Vegan restaurant (1)
Maybe present Accommodation (1)
Maybe present Accommodation < £50 (1)
Not present at time of survey Campsite (2)
Not present at time of survey Bothy (2)
Maybe present Free wifi (1)
Maybe present Public phone (1)
Present at time of survey Mobile phone coverage (2)
Present at time of survey Train station (1)
Present at time of survey Bench (2)
Not present at time of survey Picnic table (2)
Present at time of survey Bus stop (2)
Not present at time of survey Ferry (2)

Challenges

Potential challenges reported on this route. Some challenges are seasonal.

Not present at time of survey Scrambling (2)
Not present at time of survey Wading (2)
Not present at time of survey Swimming (2)
Not present at time of survey Climbing (2)
Not present at time of survey Stepping stones (2)
Maybe present Very slippery (1)
Maybe present Very muddy (2)
Not present at time of survey Very icy (1)
Maybe present Likely to flood (1)
Not present at time of survey Long grass sections (2)
Not present at time of survey Crops encroaching on path (2)
Not present at time of survey Diverted path (2)

Obstacles

Obstacles on this route.

Not present at time of survey Stiles (2)
Present at time of survey Step and kerbs (2)
Not present at time of survey Possible to avoid steps, if applicable (1)
Present at time of survey Flights of steps (1)
Not present at time of survey Gates (2)
Not present at time of survey Kissing gates (2)
Not present at time of survey Locked gates (2)
Not present at time of survey Disables access gates (2)
Not present at time of survey Cycle barriers (2)
Not present at time of survey Ladders (2)
Not present at time of survey Cattle grids (2)
Not present at time of survey Fords (2)
Not present at time of survey Narrow bridges (2)
Not present at time of survey Ferry required (2)
Present at time of survey Acceptable road walking (1)
Not present at time of survey Unacceptable road walking (2)
Not present at time of survey Dangerous road crossings (2)
Present at time of survey Walking on paths beside roads (2)
Not present at time of survey Walking on verges beside roads (2)
Not present at time of survey Railway crossings (2)
Not present at time of survey River crossings (2)
Not present at time of survey Cattle possible (2)
Not present at time of survey Horses possible (2)
Not present at time of survey Tidal area (2)
Not present at time of survey Potential falls (2)
Not present at time of survey Exposed to elements (2)
Not present at time of survey Remove area (2)
Not present at time of survey Mountainous area (2)
Not present at time of survey Military training area (2)
Not present at time of survey No visible path (2)
Not present at time of survey Seasonal nesting birds (2)
Not present at time of survey Other hazards (2)

Accessibility

Is this route step and stile free?

Maybe present Free of stiles (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of single steps/kerbs (2)
Not present at time of survey Free of flights of steps (1)
Not present at time of survey Free of other obstacles (1)

Measurements

Surveyors were asked to measure the narrowest and steepest parts of paths.

The narrowest part of the path is 115.0cm (2)

The steepest uphill gradient walking East 15.0% (2)

The steepest uphill gradient walking West 15.0% (2)

The steepest camber gradient across the path 5.0% (2)

How clear is the waymarking on the route: Clear (2)

Successfully completed

We asked route surveyors "Have you successfully completed this route with any of the following? If so, would you recommend it to someone with the same requirements?". Here is how they replied.

Maybe present Small Pug-sized dog (1)
Maybe present Small Labrador-sized dog (1)
Maybe present Large St. Bernard-sized dog (1)
Not present at time of survey Standard pram (1)
Not present at time of survey Off-road rugged pram (1)
Not present at time of survey Standard wheelchair (1)
Not present at time of survey Off-road rugged wheelchair (1)
Not present at time of survey Standard mobility scooter (1)
Not present at time of survey Off-road rugged mobility scooter (1)

Recommended by an expert

We asked route surveyors "Are you a trained access professional, officer or expert? If so, is this route suitable for someone travelling with any of the following?" Here is how they replied.

Maybe present Small Pug-sized dog (1)
Maybe present Small Labrador-sized dog (1)
Maybe present Large St. Bernard-sized dog (1)
Not present at time of survey Standard pram (1)
Not present at time of survey Off-road rugged pram (1)
Not present at time of survey Standard wheelchair (1)
Not present at time of survey Off-road rugged wheelchair (1)
Not present at time of survey Standard mobility scooter (1)
Not present at time of survey Off-road rugged mobility scooter (1)

Terrain

We asked route surveyors to estimate how much of the route goes through different kinds of terrain.

22.5% of the route is on roads (2)

30.0% of the route is lit at night (2)

55.0% of the route is paved (2)

12.5% of the route is muddy (2)

46.0% of the route is over rough ground (2)

There is no data on long grass

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2 surveys

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3X June 2021 by Jbax
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2X October 2021 by Strider
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Geography information system (GIS) Data

Total length

Maximum elevation

Minimum elevation

Start and end points

Brent Cross
Grid RefTQ2390787946
Lat / Lon 51.57677° / -0.21328°
Easting / Northing523,907E / 187,946N
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Hampstead Heath
Grid RefTQ2724085629
Lat / Lon 51.55521° / -0.16604°
Easting / Northing527,240E / 185,629N
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Breham One's land is

Urban 100.0%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018

Reviews


Jane Taylor

13 Jun 2022

Excellent route, plenty of green space, and the residential areas are quiet and pleasant. I walked on a Monday lunchtime and Golders Green road (the only potentially noisy one) was pretty quiet.
I did go a bit astray on Hampstead Heath (n.b. Follow the cycle route) but not by much, and soon sorted myself out.
I finished at Brent Cross station, which doesn’t really have any facilities nearby.


David Sanderson

12 Apr 2022

I walked this route from Hampstead Heath to Brent Cross. The first section through Hampstead Heath is a bit of a climb and boots are required for some bits. I was walking there on a Saturday morning and the trails are popular and friendly (by London standards anyway). Leaving the Heath and crossing into the residential area to the north, it has a quite a rural feel about it. Entering Golders Green on a Saturday morning was an interesting time to be there. All along Golders Green Road, the synagogues were filling with worshippers and is suspect the timing meant I experienced very little traffic. Most of the second half of the walk is residential but it makes a for a quiet walk. This route is safe, easy to follow and mainly interesting. Could it be more direct? Possibly at the cost of enjoyment. Nearly forgot to mention, Brent Cross underground station at the end, is a lovely design.


Derick Rethans

10 Feb 2022

I don't have much to add to the other reviews. I always like walking on the Heath and this indeed took me along some paths I hadn't walked yet. There was very little walking along main roads.


Mtormey

05 Dec 2021

I’d generally agree with the other reviewers here. I walked the route from Brent Cross to Hampstead Heath and the route definitely has two halves.

The first half is pretty residential and winds its way in a zig-zagging fashion through quiet streets (save for the High Street (Golder’s Green?) which was way busier with car traffic than I would have liked!).

The second half is a lovely adventure through Hampstead Heath, and I found it just really fantastic to explore a much larger part of the park than I’d ever been before.

Much of the route through the park was paved, though not all (And there was some mud on a misty December day). It generally followed the cycle route once it got to the Heath proper (and not its northern extensions). There was even one or two great views of London!

I thought the stretch down Wildwood Terrace was a bit weird, as I imagine there’s paths the route could follow instead of taking walkers down residential roads with no pavements! The streets were all very quiet and dead-end, so the road-walking was fine, it was just a bit odd.

I noticed two sets of restrooms in the park and stopped to use one of them, which was handy!.


Strider

31 Oct 2021

I walked from Hampstead to Brent Cross, across the Heath , along quiet residential roads before a short section along busy roads. A lovely walk mainly along compacted grit paths, tarmac and pavement. Suitable for wheels although it is hilly and steep in places. Two sets of toilets and drinking fountains along the way. Shops, cafes and pubs at either end. Beautiful in the Autumn sunshine.


Jbax

30 Jun 2021

I think this was a really great route. We began our walk at Hampstead Heath. The unpaved paths through the Heath were all soaking wet However, these paths are very well packed with coarse sand and weren't muddy or slippery despite the rain. The Hampstead Heath section of the trail takes you past several viewpoints, including ponds and a bridge.

There were no issues with the trail as it appears on the site, but there are some accessibility challenges including a section between the main Heath and the extension with a relatively steep unpaved dirt hill and some steps.

My one critique would be that the walk effectively ends as you exit the Heath extension, as it becomes a boring zigzag through a uniform suburb. It may be worth it to instead head to the much closer Golder's Green underground stop after exiting the Heath extension.

This being said, the Brent's Cross underground stop is interesting in its suburban location and could be worth the extra 5-10 minutes if you have the time.


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