Hampstead Heath

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Hampstead Heath (up to 134  m ASL ) is a park in north London with an area of ​​3.2 km². The name of the park comes from the rare habitat of the heather ( heathland ). It has 25 larger ponds and areas with old forest areas, swamps, hedges and grass areas. Parts of the park have been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest by English Nature .

The park is owned by the London-based Corporation of London , which maintains the park except for the area around Kenwood House (0.5 km²), which was taken over by English Heritage . Most of the park (2.8 km²) is in the Camden borough . The remaining part (0.4 km²), also called Hampstead Heath Extension, is located in the district of Barnet . Parliament Hill (98 meters above sea level) in the park offers a good view of the city. This part of the park was added to Hampstead Heath in 1888 and includes a sports field and tennis courts.

Nearby train stations include Gospel Oak and Hampstead Heath on the North London Line to the south and Hampstead and Golders Green Underground stations on the Northern Line to the west.

On the southern edge of the park is the Parliament Hill Lido , which opened in 1938, and is an unheated outdoor pool .

There are also three ponds near Highgate where swimming is allowed, two separated by gender and the third mixed. Other ponds are used for fishing and model boats or are reserved for wild animals. Parts of the park are known as a meeting place for gay men .

Panorama of London from Hampstead Heath: 30 St Mary Ax on the left, the dome of St Paul's Cathedral , the London Eye and the BT Tower on the right.

Web links

Commons : Hampstead Heath  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Hampstead Heath, London, Cruising ground. Retrieved June 25, 2018 (UK English).

Coordinates: 51 ° 33 ′ 45 "  N , 0 ° 9 ′ 46"  W.