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British Walking Federation

HAMSTEAD AND HIGHGATE TRAIL
ORGANISED BY NORTH LONDON WALKING CLUB

CONTACT:  John Hawkins, 141 Daubeney Road, London E5 0EP
Tel: 020 8533 7426     Email: jackhawkins@excite.com

DISTANCE: 12km
ENTRY FEE: £1.00 per walker (Cheques payable to North London Walking Club)
AWARD: Cloth Badge at £2.50 each
START VENUE: Wood Green Tube Station (Piccadilly Line)
FINISH: Belsize Park Station (Northern Line)
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ROUTE DESCRIPTION (Updated March 2012)

Upon emerging from the station cross over High Road into Station Road.

Q.1 100 Yards along Station Road there is a pub called the ‘Jolly Anglers’, what year was it built?

Continue along to the mini roundabout and bear right, still station road. At the next mini roundabout continue up the hill to Alexandra Palace Station. Cross over the road at this point and use the footbridge to the right of the station. On the far side of the footbridge turn left and follow the road round into Alexandra Park, continue following the road uphill until you come to Alexandra Palace.

Cross over the road by the pedestrian crossings in front of the palace and at the top of the steps turn left and follow the path around the front of Alexandra Palace to the West entrance.

Q.2 The West entrance is known by another name what is it?

Follow the access road down the hill for approximately 100m, you will then come to a path on your right (near to a car park) follow this path for about 50m where you turn left following this path, passing a tea hut, until you come to a covered walkway leading out of the park.

Go through the covered walkway and past Muswell Hill Primary School, just beyond this you will find a subway leading under the road. Go through this and follow the path directly ahead into the woods. Follow this path (disused railway) for approximately 2 Kilometers until after passing under another road bridge the path bears left and comes out in Muswell Hill Road. Continue along the road for another 10 yards where you will come across a gate leading into Highgate Wood

Q.3 What is the name of the gate leading into Highgate Wood?

Go through this gate and follow the path to the left skirting along the edge of the wood. Continue along this path until it goes no further and exit the wood by the Gypsy Gate and then turn right. At the crossroads go straight over into Southwood Lane, continuing up past the mini roundabout and then on for another kilometer until you reach Highgate Village.

Q4 At No.22 Southwood Lane there is a house called Avalon with a blue plaque on the side, who does it commemorate?

At the end of Southwood Lane cross over Highgate High Street and turn left and then take the next right leading into Pond Square. Leave Pond Square along Swains Lane, Situated at the right side of the Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution. Walk down the hill passing Waterlow Park and then Highgate Cemetery West (the Old Cemetery), Highgate Cemetery East (site of Karl Marx’s tomb) and Holly Village Almshouses. At the bottom of the hill Swains Lane bears right, continue to follow it until you reach Highgate Road. Cross over Highgate Road and enter Hampstead Heath

Take the right hand path leading up the hill past the ponds, after the second pond the path splits, keep to the right. After the third pond the path splits again, go left here and then take the centre path where the path splits into three at the end of the fourth pond. Follow this path up the hill and on into Kenwood. In Kenwood keep to the right-hand path until you come out of the trees to Kenwood House

Pass in front of Kenwood House and keep on the path until it forks. Take the right fork and keep to the right after passing through the gate, at the top of this path you come to the Kenwood Car Park. Leave the car park by the vehicle exit and turn left on the main road (Hampstead Lane). Just beyond Spaniards Inn the road becomes Spaniards Road.

Q.5 Just past poniards Inn there is a blue plaque on the wall, who does it commemorate?

Continue along this road until you reach Jack Straw’s Castle. Keep to the left at this mini roundabout, go past the pond and then turn left down Eastheath Road. Continue along Eastheath Road until you come to Well Walk, turn right here. At the junction with Willow Road turn left. At the bottom of Willow Road turn right into Downshire Hill. Then take the next left turning, Keats Grove, which is at the side of St.John’s Church.

Q6 – On the front of Keats House there is a plaque, what two dates are shown on it?

At the end of Keats Grove turn right into South End Road and at the cinema turn right into Pond Street. Walk up the hill, past the Royal Free Hospital, and at the top turn left into Haverstock Hill. Continue along for another 1/2 Kilometer until you come to Finish at Belsize Park Station (Northern Line)

When you have completed this trail please use the Permanent Trail Entry Form

The organisers are not liable for accidents, thefts and/or damage to property. Every effort will be made by the organisers to make this a safe, enjoyable and memorable event.

This trail is registered until 31 December 2016