Finchley CentralHampstead Heath

Finham one
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Verified by 75.00% of reviewers

Distance

7km/4mi

Ascent

113m

Descent

91m

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Description

This is a Slow Ways route connecting Finchley Central and Hampstead Heath.

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This is a Slow Ways route connecting Finchley Central and Hampstead Heath.

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This route has been reviewed by 4 people.

This route has been flagged (1 times) for reasons relating to accuracy.

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Route status - Live

Reviews - 4

Average rating -

Is this route good enough? -  Yes (3) No (1)

Problems reported -  Accuracy (1)

Downloads - 10

Surveys

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Grade 4: Route includes very rough surfaces including deep ruts, steep loose gravel, unmade paths and deep muddy sections. Wheelchairs may experience traction/wheel spin issues.
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 (2)
Present at time of survey Restaurant (1)
Maybe present Vegan restaurant (2)
Present at time of survey Accommodation (1)
Maybe present Accommodation < £50 (1)
Maybe present Campsite (1)
Maybe present Bothy (1)
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)
Maybe present Wading (1)
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)
Present at time of survey Very slippery (1)
Present at time of survey Very muddy (2)
Present at time of survey Very icy (1)
Present at time of survey 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 (2)
Present at time of survey Flights of steps (2)
Present at time of survey Gates (1)
Not present at time of survey Kissing gates (2)
Present at time of survey Locked gates (1)
Maybe present Disables access gates (1)
Present at time of survey Cycle barriers (1)
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 (1)
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 (1)
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?

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

Measurements

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

The narrowest part of the path is 125.0cm (2)

The steepest uphill gradient walking East 15.0% (2)

The steepest uphill gradient walking West 14.0% (2)

The steepest camber gradient across the path 6.0% (2)

How clear is the waymarking on the route: Unclear in places (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.

Small Pug-sized dog (0)
Small Labrador-sized dog (0)
Large St. Bernard-sized dog (0)
Standard pram (0)
Off-road rugged pram (0)
Standard wheelchair (0)
Off-road rugged wheelchair (0)
Standard mobility scooter (0)
Off-road rugged mobility scooter (0)

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.

Small Pug-sized dog (0)
Small Labrador-sized dog (0)
Large St. Bernard-sized dog (0)
Standard pram (0)
Off-road rugged pram (0)
Standard wheelchair (0)
Off-road rugged wheelchair (0)
Standard mobility scooter (0)
Off-road rugged mobility scooter (0)

Terrain

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

27.5% of the route is on roads (2)

35.0% of the route is lit at night (2)

37.5% of the route is paved (2)

75.0% of the route is muddy (2)

55.0% 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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4X July 2021 by Jbax
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4X October 2021 by Strider
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Geography information system (GIS) Data

Total length

Maximum elevation

Minimum elevation

Start and end points

Finchley Central
Grid RefTQ2528590691
Lat / Lon 51.60114° / -0.19242°
Easting / Northing525,285E / 190,691N
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Hampstead Heath
Grid RefTQ2724085629
Lat / Lon 51.55521° / -0.16604°
Easting / Northing527,240E / 185,629N
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Finham One's land is

Urban 100.0%

Data: Corine Land Cover (CLC) 2018

Reviews


Mtormey

12 Apr 2022

I walked this route from Hampstead Heath to Finchley Central. I really really enjoyed the walk: Hampstead Heath is gorgeous, as are some of the other green spaces on the way. There’s a lot about this route to commend.

Still, I can’t verify, because there are one too many inaccuracies: the paths through Hampstead Heath are very difficult to follow, the route is drawn crossing a field that doesn’t really work in the north Heath Extension, the crossing of the Mutton Brook doesn’t exist as drawn, and you can’t get through the Glenhill Close from the Stephens House. I’ll upload a route alternative that addresses these issues.


Strider

31 Oct 2021 (edited 27 Dec 2021)

A good varied walk. I walked from Finchley to Hampstead. You can't go down Glenhill Close, just go to the next road to walk around. The pavements in Finchley are narrow and uneven, squished between large trees and hedges. Then comes Hampstead Heath beautiful, steep and rooty paths quite hard to follow exactly but if you head in the general direction you will get to your destination (the route for Breham across the Heath is close by and easier to follow and walk, orange dots on the OS maps). There are toilets and water fountain about half way.


Jbax

15 Jul 2021

As a route this was very good. It was interesting and adventurous, with abundant unique natural features such as swamp, ponds, forest, and fields. However, the greatest challenge facing this route is signage. It is easy to get lost even while looking at an online map in Hampstead Heath, as many of the pathways do not appear. This is true also for Sandy Heath. Additionally, it is certain that vast sections of this path would be unwalkable during/after mild rain. I would recommend resting at a bench in the Heath extension, because there aren't really any rest areas past that point.


Aligutzu

05 May 2021

Pleasant route with lots of greenery. A little tricky to stay enroute due to the number of junctions to stay on the direct path but easy to follow in terms of the map. A gate was closed (potentially to the general public only) at Avenue House Grounds but it was easy enough to navigate around.


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