Monday, February 11, 2008

Hampstead Heath

Today I went to Hampstead Heath! Me, Kristen and Betsy headed north of London, and spent the day in walking in hilly grassland, woodlands, playlands, and in a former stately home. It's a very nice area of London, just 4 miles north of Trafalgar Square. It is said to be one of the best points to overlook the city. Welcome to Hampstead Heath!We walked for the entire green area of this map!"The Heath" as it's known to Londoners, covers over 800 acres. This is the famous Kenwood Estate. If you recognize it, it's because in Notting Hill there is a whole scene on this hill! The house dates back to the early 17th century. Inside there was many paintings by Vermeer which hung throughout the house.Me, Betsy, and Kristen about to eat lunch (a nutella sandwich) on the hill and do some homework.One of the many ponds.There are just over 25 ponds in the Heath, and of those, two are swimming ponds. The men's swimming pond open in 1890, and the ladies' pond opened in 1925. I'm going back when it's a little warmer to experience swimming in a pond!

2 comments:

Britt said...

Fun! I do recognize that from Notting Hill, when she's filming the Henry James movie and he visits her...

meg said...

Do you want to go there when you come out THIS WEEKEND???? I can't wait!