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Name:Hampstead Heath
Hill number:5459
Height:134m / 440ft
Parent (Ma):2874  Wendover Woods [Haddington Hill]
Section:39: Central and Eastern England
County/UA:Greater London (CoU)
London Borough:Camden (LB)
County (CoH):County of London (CoH)
Class:Tump (100-199m), Historic County Top, London Borough Top
Grid ref:TQ 26300 86475
Summit feature:no feature: ground on road near bus stop
Col:86m  TQ255905  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 176
(1:25k) 173
Observations:summit is linear and very flat for c 400m NE along the road
Survey:Abney level
Comments:Old maps and current 1:10k map show between them three 134m (440ft) spot heights along this section of the road
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  • County of London historic county top
  • Camden London Borough top

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 133 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Approached on the 210 bus. Ivy patch the high spot next to the road. Views to Canary Wharf and Stratford.mrs_ts717/01/2018
Walk from home through Kenwood House and through the woodsjedthehumanoid26/12/2017
Bagged on a long hike from Victoria Station via Hyde Park, Regent's Park, Primrose Hill and Hampstead Village. I agree on the difficulty in finding the natural top. It may be in the large building being restored next to the memorial. The gate was open so I wandered in. Good views of London through the trees near the summit. Then did a circuit of the Heath, taking in tea in Kenwood House. Solo.marktrengove23/11/2017
A short walk up from Hampstead station. Rather non-descript top but an interesting area. As others have noted the precise position is not clear. At least it's not the resevoir.Sixtyplus21/09/2017
from Hampstead Underground Stationafoster03/05/2017
4 of 4. Walked out to the second lot of bus stops towards the Spaniards, then came back on other side. Tried the alley immed N of northmost buildings and all round the roundabouts - could be anywhere to my eyes!RocksRock14/04/2017
From Hampstead Heath tube station, west past the pond and uphill to the roadside by the war memorialMariana Trench14/04/2017
At the war memorial with Amandakeithelliott06/04/2017
Day out on the Tube doing a circuit of the Tumps. Out and back from Hampstead Tube Station.rhalstead25/02/2017
Had intended to park on North End Way to the W and walk across the Heath, but after 20 hours on the go and with rain persisting decided to call it a day, so my final London top was a dismal affair. Spaniards Road (B519) is indeed flat along much of its length and the HP, if there is one, would seem to be by the bus stop. Home James, your bed awaits - after a 2hr drive!jonglew07/02/2017
Took a break from Christmas shopping to take a quick tube to Hampstead and wander around the various possibilities for the top.edmundjohnson15/12/2016
Not a bad walk from the best parking in the area which is probably on Bishop's Avenue, walk up to Spaniard's road turn right go past the pub of the same name and continue till you reach the memorial to the right of a mini round about. I think the high point is in between the memorial and the bus shelter on the left of the road looking back up spaniard's road to the pub.WAYNE ROWLETT13/11/2016
Run from hotel near Barbican.stever10/10/2016
First stop on a pleasant evening walk that also took in Highgate and Highgate Hill. The highest point seems to be on the paved walkway on the west side of Spaniard's Road thirty yards north of the war memorial.Nick Down105/10/2016
Whilst in London for a training course, Solo walk....Underground from Euston to Hampstead, up Heath Street to Hampstead Heath. Along Spaniards Road and Hampstead Lane to Highgate and Highgate Hill. return to Euston from Archway.Dave12/07/2016
29/9 Hill bagging day consisting of current and historical county tops (Staverton Clump/boring Filed/Haddenham Village/Pinchebeck Marsh/Beacon Hill/Wattisham Airfield/Great Wood/Bushey Heath/Hampstead Heath)Fergalh13/02/2016
Good stroll from Highgate around Hampstead Heath. Agree that the tops looks to be just East of the pond.bevandy11423/01/2016
Parked for £3 in car park down bottom of East Heath road, nice but muddy walk through Heath up to road via the viaduct pond. Walked whole road touching all high spots, convinced highest point was the north end near Spaniards inn, but then discovered vegibaggers triangular mound, investigated some other grassy area nearby and then found a patch of rough ground beside a fence near Judge's walk, that seemed higher. This was close to the reservoir observatory. I have no evidence, once again forgetting to check with my gps. Still all high points were bagged, I returned via roads to the car, and then on to Barn Hill, eventually, after some poor navigation of my London A-Z.pdantic23/01/2016
Many times all running! Mostly whilst parkrunning.Fionalevey05/12/2015
Drive by.stig_nest22/11/2015
Walked from West Hampstead tube station. It seemed like a minor ascent from there.catman11/11/2015
TD, C & H by busThis Dog09/11/2015
Walked up from Swiss Cottage tube station on way to Highgate.PeterD30/10/2015
Fine evening at Hampstead high point. The triangle hummock just north of the pondmust surely be the highest point or perhaps the war memorial. Surprising how relatively steeply the ground slopes away to the east into the woodland of the heath and how would and untamed it feels just yards from the busy road.vegibagger12/09/2015
6th of 9 London Borough Tops - linked up through a combination of walking and Tube. Not much else to report!mcallmar11/09/2015
Walked around a bit by bus stop and war memorial so I don't have to go back. Nice views across Hampstead Heath towards Central London though.clivevilla20/05/2015
En route to lunch in The Spaniards Innmaltose13/05/2015
Returned 20 years after my first visit to explore further Plenty to see whilst trying to determine the highpoint - the war memorial; Jack Straws Castle (a fitness centre - 'just bring us your body we'll do the rest'); summit lake surrounded by busy roads. Patches of grassy common and the higher (artificial) reservoir mound in a fenced compound with the Hampstead observatory telescope on top -open on Sundays for 2 hours and one evening a week for star gazers (summit baggers?)Chris Pearson26/04/2015
What a lovely sunny spring morning - Hampstead village hardly feels like it is in London at all. Wandered up and down and around the given co-ordinates - to puzzled looks from folks waiting the bus stop. As well as The Heath there is plenty interesting to see.M3WDD18/04/2015
Finsbury Park, Parkland Walk, Highgate Hill, Highgate, Kenwood House, Hampstead Heath, Swiss Cottage. 5 hours walking and rather tiring, good clear but cold weather.Nick27/01/2015
By my estimate, the highest point is close to the war memorial near Jack Straw's Castle.Isambard29/11/2014
We too parked in The Bishop's Avenue - much of the other parking is residents only. Disappointed to discover that a site for a 30,000 sq. ft. house had already been sold.Newton Maximus21/11/2014
Nice 2hr walk from St John's Wood to Archway over 4 county tops. War memorial at junction near highest point.Mark Jackson17/11/2014
Parked in Bishops Avenue and walked up past the 'Spaniards' to find what a think is the high point near the bus shelters.bolton12/11/2014
County top no.62. There by train from Cambridge to Hampstead tfl (via Kings Cross). A pleasant walk across the Heath with Gill, stopping off for lunch and to look around Kenwood, and ending up at the highest point. Distance 3.3 miles; time 5 hours; climb 418 feet. A delightful way to end my Historic County Tops project on a mild, mostly dry November afternoon. (Temp 11 deg C).alan.65to7010/11/2014
Having done the middlesex county top earlier, caught jubilee line tube from Stanmore to West Hampstead, and walked to Spaniards road from there. Then walked back to main line station via Hampstead Heath, Parliament Hill, Primrose Hill, (excellent views of London) and Regents Park.Malbow13/09/2014
Parked in The Bishop’s Avenue – Walked up Hampstead Lane & along Spaniards Road and had a wander around the area centred on the two bus stops with the zebra crossing between. (S)gerrybowes12/02/2014
With Tom Leach. A surprise bag!AGWilliamson17/12/2013
The fourth of the Hampstead 5 quest. Quite a long road to a non obvious top.steverd09/06/2013
Highgate-Hampstead circular. Cold March evening. After Highgate down the Lane to Hampstead. By impressive Spaniards Inn and the road of same name to GR of top. Mmmm. Onto final stop St. John's Wood Park.nordicstar19/03/2013
A nondescript London top :-( (Just taking advantange of London Midland Railways Great Escape...London for £15 !)heavyhorses23/02/2013
Visited With Darren while trying to visit all the high points on London in one day.magirob10/01/2013
Climbed when all of MCF were checking the delights of North London. No real top, just a bus stop and hundreds of other Sunday walkers for company. No real pit stop - there are too many too mention in london. Nice day out though.mcf30/12/2012
Walked up from The Bishops Avenue which is as close as you can park. Very busy road and take your pick where the top is.simon and co06/09/2012
Stroll up the road from Hampstead underground station, returned by parallel roadsMaryfooksmills13/01/2012
Clare, Charles, his Dad and Sister and Brother in Law tackled this tough one, mainly involved dodging trafffic, whilst having a walk on Hampstead Heath.BHMC26/12/2011
Clare, Charles, Dad, Liz and Jamie during a walk on Hampstead Heath.alwaysinshorts26/12/2011
climbed after PECS course with Dr Walkermr bounce22/09/2011
Completed along with some London boro' tops.BazWylie03/08/2010
Biked from home (Kew) and took up Nort of Hampstead Heat station. Took some time over Parliament hill before finally ariving at The Spaniards Inn and then finally back the road to the summit.NilsOS17/06/2010