The Heath is a hilly area and parts of it enjoy extensive views over nearby central London. A major mystery is why it is here at all when London has sprawled and mushroomed around it. The answer seems to be by accident rather than design, its continued status as an open space having been assured first by aristocratic ownership and later by vigorous campaigning by influential local inhabitants. The Heath is rarely crowded and it is quite easy to lose yourself here and maintain the illusion that you are anywhere but the centre of Britain's largest metropolis.
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Scenes near the Heath's southern edge
Woodland and parkland north of Hampstead Ponds
Mixed grassland and woodland towards the west of the heath
The house and gardens of Kenwood
The outer grounds of Kenwood house, and a scene by the lake
This page last updated 30th October 2002