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Name:Hampstead Heath
Hill number:5459
Height:134m / 440ft
Parent (Ma):2874  Wendover Woods [Haddington Hill]
RHB 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, Clem
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 173 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
On own. Short walk from Hampstead station.Beeliner23/02/2019
Nice snowy walk up from Kilburn to pick up the summit and wander the heath.atreides788701/02/2019
A lunch time walk whilst working in Londonjmistry8628/10/2018
Uphill all the way from Swiss Cottage Through Hampstead and to the top. Fortunately there is a bench near the topChinnockC20/10/2018
Brisk walk up from Hampstead Heath overground station on a lovely Autumny morningRamblingpaul21/09/2018
First top along the B519 Ridge.summitter17/09/2018
Very early start. At Hampstead Heath for 05.00 on a Sunday. Great way to bag in a city centre and avoid the traffic. Top appears to be opposite the bus shelter on Spaniards Road. Handy parking a few meters away at this time of day.Campbell Singer01/07/2018
After stroll on Heath on John’s birthday on way to restaurantprwild30/06/2018
Walked over it from Hampstead without realising it. We thought Parliament Hill was the summit! With Andy and M.Karmakarl25/05/2018
walk around Hampsteadcallumorr05/05/2018
With Evan.Dangerous Dave23/04/2018
Holloway station to South Hampstead via four London Borough tops.PGCE13/04/2018
Visited the summit bus stop, then went on to a very enjoyable walk around Hampstead Heath. Saw several of the resident bright green parakeets.webmaster07/03/2018
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.Man of Kernow123/11/2017
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
County top outing,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
After Hampstead lane on a 4.5mi loop from Hampstead heath station with my daughter, visiting Keat's House, 2 Willow road, Boudiceas Barrow, Kenwood house grounds then Hampstead lane for Haringeys fomer top then through the parkland then along the road past the spot heights. I thought the highest point was behind the memorial where the land slopes up the drive to the derelict and boarded up house. Interesting area, we crossed the road to pass by Jack Straw's Castle, the pond where a labrador was swimming after a Mandarin duck then past the higher but artificial reservoir to nruefly peruse Fenton House and gardens before gaving food in Hampstead.Dazingdale21/04/2016
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
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