15 December 2013: Hampstead Heath, Highgate Ponds and Kenwood House

Sixteen Red Ropers walked through hilly woody Hampstead Heath past Highgate Ponds (mixed bathing, men only, women only) , up Parliament Hill where the famous view of London had disappeared in the drizzle, to the cafe courtyard next to Kenwood House where  we ate our sandwiches.


Highgate Ponds

Kenwood House has just been refurbished and reopened.  They have tried to make it look less like a museum and more like a house (rich) people lived in but all the same it was crammed with pictures, including a famous Rembrandt self-portrait.


Rembrandt self-portrait in Kenwood House

We then split into two groups: the speedy ones did a quick extra loop through the woods to the edge of Golders Hill and back, and they arrived at Polly’s cafe at the same time as the slower ones who had meandered back across another part of the Heath.

Polly’s cafe is a homely, odd little place with a wooden horse standing by the counter for no particular reason, and old advertisements that someone once collected.  We had slightly odd mince pies, more like cakes, but it was pleasant and friendly.

Claire Desenclos


About Humphrey Southall

Director, Great Britain Historical GIS; Reader in Geography, University of Portsmouth
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