Alexandra Palace – Highgate Wood – Hampstead Heath
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This walk starts in the grounds of Alexandra Palace, the Victorian 'People's Palace' with fantastic views south to central London. It then follows the Parkland Walk, along a disused railway line, again with excellent views south at one point.
You enter Highgate Wood, joining the Capital Ring walk. A plaque in the wood marks the place where the Capital Ring walk was first founded. After leaving the wood, the route follows a road, climbing steeply into Highgate Village, an attractive if congested part of London.
Next the route passes Highgate Cemetery, the final resting-place of Karl Marx. It passes through the Holly Lodge Estate, a Victorian housing estate with dramatic mock-Tudor mansions. Finally, it enters Hampstead Heath, passing a couple of the ponds before climbing to Parliament Hill for one last dramatic view, both to central London and back to Highgate Hill. The walk ends at Hampstead Heath Station.
England - South England - London - Town or city
Birds, Butterflies, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, Play Area, Pub, Stately Home, Toilets
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