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Slow Ways linking Hampstead Heath and Brent Cross, Camden Town, Finchley Central, Kilburn, Wood Green

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Hampstead Heath’s five Slow Ways are 100% checked

Drawn: 5/5
reviewed: 5/5
verified: 5/5
and surveyed: 5/5

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Walk to Hampstead Heath from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
Brent Cross—Hampstead Heath
Breham one Enjoy me Distance 6km/4mi Ascent 97m Descent 82m
Finchley Central—Hampstead Heath
Finham one

Enjoy me Distance 7km/4mi Ascent 113m Descent 91m
Finchley Central—Hampstead Heath
Finham two Enjoy me Distance 7km/4mi Ascent - Descent -
Hampstead Heath—Camden Town
Hamcam one

Verify me Distance 3km/2mi Ascent 6m Descent 42m
Hampstead Heath—Camden Town
Hamcam two Survey me Distance 3km/2mi Ascent - Descent -
Hampstead Heath—Camden Town
Hamcam three Enjoy me Distance 3km/2mi Ascent - Descent -
Hampstead Heath—Wood Green
Hamwoo one

Enjoy me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 125m Descent 160m
Hampstead Heath—Wood Green
Hamwoo two Survey me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent - Descent -
Kilburn—Hampstead Heath
Kilham one Enjoy me Distance 3km/2mi Ascent 46m Descent 20m
Kilburn—Hampstead Heath
Kilham two Review me Distance 3km/2mi Ascent - Descent -

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Collective progress

90% of Hampstead Heath’s five route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

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drawn

10/10

reviewed

8/10

surveyed

8/10

verified

15 people have contributed to Hampstead Heath’s Slow Ways

3 people have pledged to walk and review a route

13 people have surveyed a route in Hampstead Heath

52km out of 52km have been walked and reviewed

223km of reviews have been shared in Hampstead Heath

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From Hampstead (Heath) it first starts in the busy area with a lovely pub (photo #1), near the Royal Free, and then soon after that there is a lot of nice housing to go past....

Derick Rethans

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Soon after the start from Hampstead Heath Station and shops, I found myself passing a historic Bauhaus with a small museum. Suddenly, in a short distance, I had left the quiet, genteel Hampstead Heath to arrive in lively bustling Camden, very busy even in the pouring rain....

Mary Oz

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There was some grassland to cross on Hampstead Heath Extension which together with the woods in the main crossing of Hampstead Heath would make it very difficult for most wheels. The main Hampstead Heath was lovely, the woods especially, despite the rain, but the extension merely quite nice....

Mary Oz

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The route almost immediately heads through Alexandra Park along Ally Pally (photo #2), but not before having crossed the rail ways at Alexandra Palace (photo #1). After leaving the park through a tunnel underneath Muswell Hill (photo #4), the route then continues along Parkland Walk (photo #5), with great views of the City (photo #6)....

Derick Rethans

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The route follows the main road almost all the way, but it’s been nicely traffic calmed, the pavements are wide, and the streets interesting and pleasant enough to walk along....

mtormey

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Hampstead Heath—Camden Town

mtormey added Hamcam three, a new walk from Hampstead Heath to Camden Town

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A thoroughly delightful route through woodlands and beautiful (unaffordable) homes. Great for an autumnal and spring run....

Nurjehan Khan

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Address Tiny Forest Barnet Henlys corner near Mutton Brook (https://what3words.com/went.give.torn)...

Paul Salman

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Really good route linking Wood Green and Hampstead Heath with as much off road as possible....

Sarah

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(For example, instead of turning onto Prince of Wales road, the route could just stick to Haverstock Hill and make a straight shot for Camden Town!)....

mtormey

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I walked from Church end to Hampstead Heath, there were a few facilities including benches to sit and a lovely view of the pond however, there were rough surfaces such as loose gravel, unmade paths and deep muddy sections which you may have to look out for as well as a couple fallen trees and a flight of steps to climb. I would thoroughly recommend the route to someone with the same requirements....

Geneva

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A good urban walk avoiding busy roads and going through some parks. I did cheat and shortcutted through the park near Castlehaven, and I would probably have drawn the route through there. It's not a big enough issue to make a Hamcam three though....

Derick Rethans

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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....

Jane Taylor

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Good urban route which carefully steps it’s way in zig zags round the obvious, direct, and very busy A502. Enjoyed a drink at Camden Town and a coffee at Hampstead Heath. Good pavement and footpath surfaces throughout....

Jane Taylor

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Hampstead Heath—Wood Green

mtormey added Hamwoo two, a new walk from Hampstead Heath to Wood Green

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Finchley Central—Hampstead Heath

mtormey added Finham two, a new walk from Finchley Central to Hampstead Heath

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I walked it from Hampstead Heath to Finchley Road on this day. Bigwood Road and Big Wood itself are extremely lovely, as is Little Wood, its neighbour....

mtormey

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I like this route quite a bit, but unfortunately I can't verify it as it's not accurate, as other reviewers have noted! I'll upload an alternative now....

mtormey

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It's direct, easy to follow, and safe, but it's also SO green - it's almost 100% in parks and open spaces, and some really incredible ones at that!...

mtormey

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Hampstead Heath—Camden Town

David Sanderson added Hamcam two, a new walk from Hampstead Heath to Camden Town

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I walked this route from Hampstead Heath to Brent Cross. Entering Golders Green on a Saturday morning was an interesting time to be there....

David Sanderson

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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....

mtormey

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Packed with interest historically, blue plaques for former residents (I probably should have read up beforehand!) and musically, passing a number of famous venues....

David Sanderson

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I was already aware from the other reviews that the actual route described could not be walked but thought I'd see if the route around was obvious. Approaching from the other direction you enter a nature reserve which allows ingress but comes to a gated dead end after a minute or so of walking....

David Sanderson

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Derick Rethans surveyed Kilham two

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Derick Rethans surveyed Kilham two

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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....

Derick Rethans

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This is Kilham One, with the route fixed in places were it was impassible in Swiss Cottage, and with a alternative near Kilburn due to IMO a not-too-safe section....

Derick Rethans

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Kilburn—Hampstead Heath

Derick Rethans added Kilham two, a new walk from Kilburn to Hampstead Heath

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Roads chosen are fairly quiet and zig-zag away from the main streets as far as possible....

Strider

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After the busy High Street (coffee, snacks!) you are quickly into a small park then up to Alexandra Park Station and across a bridge leading to Alexandra Park with views of London and the Palace. Through an avenue of trees, past a café in The Grove to passageways and into a Parkland walk with more views of London....

Strider

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I walked the route from Brent Cross to Hampstead Heath and the route definitely has two halves. 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....

mtormey

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I walked fine route from Hampstead Heath to Camden Town....

mtormey

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Lots of interesting sights, quiet residential streets, business districts, and green oases....

mtormey

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There is a gated area near Hampstead but easily navigated around past the hospital there is a huge variety of architecture from cute Mews to the Brutalist Ainsworth estate....

Strider

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I walked from Hampstead to Brent Cross, across the Heath , along quiet residential roads before a short section along busy roads....

Strider

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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)....

Strider

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An excellent route with accessible nature and adventure....

jbax

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It was interesting and adventurous, with abundant unique natural features such as swamp, ponds, forest, and fields....

jbax

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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....

jbax

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This route takes you through many residential communities and connects two areas that aren't easy to navigate to on the underground. There are a couple issues with the route: I started at Hampstead Heath, and the route takes you through a private gated Mews....

jbax

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Hampstead Heath

danravenellison surveyed Hampstead Heath

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The turn off Fleet road is not apparent, instead I walked down to Parkhill road and continued from there....

jbax

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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....

Aligutzu

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Not suitable for walking at dusk/night due to some remote and uneven paths with no lighting, especially on Hampstead Heath. Need to pay attention to take the correct paths on the Heath to enter and exit at the right place....

RhiEv

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There is an error on the route as the turn off fleet road leads to a deadend within the hospital....

Dannyash

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As it goes through Alexander Palace, Highgate Woods and Hampstead Heath you can also extend the walk as much as you like by following other paths....

Dannyash

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Brent Cross—Hampstead Heath

Slow Ways added Breham one, a new walk from Brent Cross to Hampstead Heath

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Finchley Central—Hampstead Heath

Slow Ways added Finham one, a new walk from Finchley Central to Hampstead Heath

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Hampstead Heath—Camden Town

Slow Ways added Hamcam one, a new walk from Hampstead Heath to Camden Town

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Hampstead Heath—Wood Green

Slow Ways added Hamwoo one, a new walk from Hampstead Heath to Wood Green

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Kilburn—Hampstead Heath

Slow Ways added Kilham one, a new walk from Kilburn to Hampstead Heath

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Hampstead Heath’s Slow Ways starting point

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TQ2724085629

Lat / Lon

51.55521° / -0.16604°

Easting / Northing

527,240E / 185,629N

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Facilities

Users have reported that the following facilities can be found within 1km of Hampstead Heath's meeting point

Public toilet

Wheelchair accessible toilet

Supermarket or convenience shop

Restaurant, cafe or pub

Accommodation

Accommodation for under £50 a night

Campsite

Bothy

Free wifi

Mobility scooter hire

Off-road wheelchair hire

Disabled Parking

Train station

Bus stop

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