17 best country walks in London

Distance: 4 miles

This ramble begins on Hampstead High Street, where you pass the Wells and Campden Baths and Wash Houses, red brick public buildings built in 1888 to help north London’s workers stay clean.

You head back further in time as you reach Burgh House, a museum and arts centre, dating back to 1703. Then it’s onto the Heath proper. Almost straight away you’ll come across its famous ponds but, if you prefer not to bathe, start the slow ascent up Parliament Hill. The panorama at the top – across central London – is well worth the effort.

On the way down, take in Kenwood House and its art collection, which includes works by Turner, Gainsborough and Rembrandt, and look out for Barbara Hepworth’s Monolith-Empyrean on Kenwood’s lawn.

The home stretch includes Hampstead’s peaceful woods and picturesque views at Viaduct Bridge, as well as Hampstead Grove, one of the most genteel streets in London.

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