Today I want to bring you A Lady in London’s free self-guided Hampstead Heath walks. This park in north London is my favorite green space in the city, and I hope these walking routes and maps help you explore it to the fullest.

Hampstead Heath Walks

Hampstead Heath Walks

From Parliament Hill to Kenwood House, the bathing ponds to the wooded paths, Hampstead Heath has a lot to get excited about.

This is one of the biggest and wildest parks in London, and it’s a great place to escape the city center and get into nature.

Whether you’re looking for a Hampstead Heath walking route entirely in the park or one that will take you through Hampstead village as well, I have self-guided Hampstead Heath walks that will fit your preferences and let you discover the best of this London neighborhood.

You can see additional walks in the book London’s Hidden Walks as well. It’s just the thing if you love exploring the city’s under-the-radar areas. You can get it here. There are more ideas in my London walking books post, too.

Hampstead Heath Walking Trail, London

Hampstead Heath Walk

The first of my walks in Hampstead Heath starts at the Hampstead Heath Overground station. You can arrive by London Overground, bus, or on foot from Hampstead or Belsize Park tube stations.

When you arrive, exit the station and turn right. Across the street and parallel to South End Road is one of the main Hampstead Heath walking trails. It will lead you into the park to start your walk.

Head up the path, passing two of the famous Hampstead Heath ponds on your right as you go. When you reach the second pond, take a right to follow the path between it and the Mixed Bathing Pond.

Hampstead Heath Pond

Continue on the trail as it leaves the ponds and leads you up to Parliament Hill. This vista point offers great panoramas of the London skyline. Given its height, it has some of the best views of London. It’s a fun place for a picnic in London, too.

View from Parliament Hill on a Hampstead Heath Walk in London

Once you’ve taken in the views, continue this loveliest of Hampstead Heath walks by making your way east down the hill to the chain of ponds on the Highgate side of the park.

Turn left before you pass the southernmost pond and walk north beside the Men’s Bathing Pond, Ladies’ Bathing Pond, and other ponds as you head towards the top of the heath.

After walking up the hill, turn left to reach the Kenwood Viewpoint. Like Parliament Hill, this Hampstead Heath gem offers great views over London. You’ll spot spires in Highgate in the distance, and Athlone House closer in.

From the viewpoint, walk west to Kenwood House. This English Heritage site is one of the most famous stately homes in London. It was used as a filming location for the movie Notting Hill, too.

If it’s open and you’re interested, you can tour Kenwood House. If not, you can stop for a drink or snack at the cafe or continue your Hampstead Heath walk by heading west past the house.

Kenwood House in Hampstead Heath

At this point you have two options. If it’s open and you want to visit one of London’s most atmospheric pubs, you can take a detour to head north to The Spaniards Inn. It’s one of the best Hampstead Heath pubs.

If it’s closed or you’re not in a pub-going mood, you can continue your self-guided Hampstead Heath walking tour by following the path southwest to where Spaniards Road meets North End Way.

When you reach the intersection, take a right to walk up North End Way.

Just before you come to a brick wall, turn left down the path that leads to The Hill Garden and Pergola. This hidden space is one of the best secret gardens in London.

Hill Garden and Pergola in Hampstead, London

You can spend some time exploring the raised walkway, gardens, and reflecting pool, soaking up the atmosphere as you go.

When you’re finished, retrace your steps back to North End Way and walk south all the way down to Hampstead tube station. Your Hampstead Heath walk ends here.

Dogs in Hampstead Heath

Walk Details

Time: 1.5 – 3.5 hours (depending on time in the museums, pubs, and cafes)

Hampstead Heath walking map without the Spaniards Inn: https://goo.gl/maps/amfZHbf9KzXhEBVi9

Hampstead Heath walking map with the Spaniards Inn: https://goo.gl/maps/GR3Uc3e6pcLjhsof6

Further afield: Hampstead Garden Suburb, Golders Hill Park, Highgate, Hampstead Heath Extension, Belsize Park, South End Green

Autumn in Hampstead Heath, London

Other Hampstead Walks

I’ve written two other self-guided Hampstead walks that will take you through Hampstead village and Hampstead Heath. Like the first one, they feel like true country walks in London.

They both start at the Hampstead tube station, so if you want a longer walk, you can do one or the other after you’ve finished the walking route outlined above.

You can see my Hampstead walk blog post for the full details, video, and map of the first walk, and my best London walks post for the route and map of the second one.

Burgh House Museum, Hampstead, London

Hampstead Heath Walking Tours

I hope my list of Hampstead Heath walks has made you excited to discover more of this amazing park. They’re fun ways to go outdoors, get some exercise, and soak up the natural environment.

If you’re interested in seeing more walks, feel free to head over to my blog post with all my self-guided London walking tours and maps. I’ve also written about north London walks and north west London walks if you’re after additional local ones.

And if you want to see photos, you can take a look at my pictures from walks in Hampstead Heath in winter and Hampstead Heath in autumn. Happy walking!

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2 Comments on Lady’s 3 Hampstead Heath Walks You’ll Love in London

  1. Since 1983 when I first went there, Hampstead has always been my favorite place to go walking in London (or practically anywhere, for that matter). It’s been several years since I have been lucky enough to return there, but your post this week brought it home to me beautifully, sigh ….

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