Hampstead to Wetherspoons

Thu 22nd Mar 2018

Walk Details:

Event Type
Group Walk
Southern England
Local Group
Start Time
Start Hampstead station; finish at Finsbury Park Stn

Well trodden paths over Hampstead Heath and Parkland Walk in search of spring blossom in North London. Ending - well, where else?

General Notes
Please bring a torch as it will be dark walking across the heath

Entry Details:


Walk Report

Hampstead to Wetherspoons, Thursday 22nd March 2018
7 walkers, 6.5 miles - leader Godfrey O'Callaghan
Seven including the leader met at Hampstead for an enjoyable seven-mile evening romp. We began by visiting Hampstead Parish Church, the last resting place of a few notable people including two that made a significant contribution to our lives. John Constable the artist is interred there and so is John Harrison the clock maker, the latter being the subject of some discussion for a while. Harrison solved the problem of calculating longitude by inventing the marine chronometer. From there we used a few back lanes to reach Jack Straw's Castle and then on to the heath visiting the viewpoints of Parliament Hill and another adjacent to Kenwood House. We transferred to Park Walk via Highgate roads full of exclusive residencies. Ultimately, of course, we headed for the closest Wetherspoon's pub to Finsbury Park Station but we were in for a shock - it is no longer a Wetherspoon's. I had been two years previously. The leader had become a sad victim of too much dependency on Google information. The taste of curry which had been lingering on some lips was replaced by the taste of disappointment. At the end we were joined by two others who had made their own way having missed the start.


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