Walking

Walking trail

The Hampstead circular - Fenton House to 2 Willow Road

Walking trail

Saunter through the streets of Hampstead and discover the diverse architecture of its homes before ascending to the heights of one of London’s most loved open spaces to behold its bucolic beauty.

Please Note:

Holly Hill has a steep incline and can become dangerous in both wet and icy weather conditions. Dogs are not permitted within Fenton House or 2 Willow Road.

Map

OS Map of Hampstead Circular Walk - Fenton House to 2 Willow Road

Start:

Hampstead Underground Station

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Upon arrival at Hampstead tube station exit via Hampstead High St. Immediately turn right to face the four way junction and walk towards it, turning right at the corner joining Heath St. Cross the road at the pedestrian crossing ahead of you. Turn left when you reach the other side. Ahead of you, on the right hand side, you will see the entrance to Holly Hill. Turn right in to Holly Hill, walking up the hill in a north westerly direction (please note: this hill has a steep incline).

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Continue up the hill following the path to the right entering Holly Bush Hill. As Holly Bush Hill becomes Hampstead Grove you should be able to see the ornate black and golden gilded gates of Fenton House begin to emerge on your left.

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The ornate black and gold gates at Fenton House with the house itself in the background

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Continue along Hampstead Grove for another 77 metres (253ft) when you will see another set of ornate gates on your left hand side. This is the visitor entrance to Fenton House and Gardens.

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Fenton House exterior from the North Terrace

4

Head northwards along Hampstead Grove for another 147 meters (485ft), ahead of you is Hampstead Observatory. Take a right hand turn on to Upper Terrace and cross the road. Shortly after entering Upper Terrace the small entrance to Whitestone Garden will appear on your left, Whitestone the last formal garden of the village of Hampstead before the large wild expanse of the heathland. Exit on to Heath St. turning left and continuing north. Cross Heath St and turn left proceed north towards the roundabout at North End Way, following the road to the right hand as this becomes B519 / Spainards Road.

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After 76 metres (250ft) you will see the entrance to Hampstead Heath on the right hand side. Take the entrance and continue down the wide path, on your right stunning vistas of London will emerge. At the first fork in the road take the right hand path. 197 metres further down this path you will find toilet facilities, first for ladies and then gentlemen.

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Continue on the path over the bridge across the Viaduct Pond and after 152 metres (501ft) if you look to your right you will see Lime Avenue continue straight ahead in an easterly direction following the path as it bends round to the right.

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7

Cross the bridge intersecting the Mixed Bathing and No. 2 Ponds, look out for swimmers on your right and wildlife on your left. At the end of the bridge turn left and continue for another 170 metres as Hampstead No.1 Pond emerges on your left. Continue on the path until you exit the Heath on South End Road.

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Continue on the path until you exit the Heath on South End Road. Cross South End Road, and proceed in a southern direction for 104 metres (343ft) before turning right on to Keats Grove.

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After 111 metres (364ft) on your left hand side you will see Keats House and Library. Continue walking along Keats Grove and as the road joins Downshire Hill.

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10

At the junction of Keats Grove and Downshire Hill turn right and head in a north easterly direction for 220 metres before turning left into Willow Road.

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After 70 metres Erno Goldfinger's modernist home 2 Willow Road will appear on the left. This remarkable building was home to Erno, Ursula and their children in the 1940s.

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Continue along Willow Road for 400 metres, ahead of you will be Burgh House, a Grade I listed, Queen Anne building which houses the Hampstead Museum, turn left here on to Flask Walk. With its delightful independent shops and beautiful cottage-like homes, Flask Walk has the charm and character of a countryside village and what village would be complete without its pub. This can be found 230 metres along the walk in the form of The Flask, a Grade II listed public house mentioned in Samuel Richardson's eighteenth century novel 'Clarissa'.

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Continue along Flask Walk as the street narrows before emerging back on to Hampstead High Street. Turn right and in 46 metres you will have return to Hampstead tube station where this circular walk concludes.

End:

Hampstead Railway Station

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The Hampstead circular - Fenton House to 2 Willow Road

Terrain

After an intial steep incline to reach Fenton House and Garden and the heights of Hampstead Heath this walk takes a graduated journey through the heathland and residential streets in a quasi-circular route. 

The Hampstead circular - Fenton House to 2 Willow Road

Contact us

Fenton House and Garden
Hampstead Grove,
London
NW3 6SP

020 7435 3471

2 Willow Road,
Hampstead
NW3 1TH

020 7435 6166

 

The Hampstead circular - Fenton House to 2 Willow Road

How to get here

Address
Hampstead Underground Station, Hampstead High St, London NW3 1QA
By train

Hampstead is a London Underground station in Hampstead, North London. The station is on the Edgware branch of the Northern line, between Golders Green and Belsize Park stations, and is the northernmost subterranean station on the branch.

The Northern Line can be reached via national rail services from London King's Cross, London St Pancras Intl, and London Euston stations as well as many others. 

By road

Though parking is not widely available the area is served well by many public transport routes.

By bus

Hampstead tube station is served regularly by the number 268 bus.

By underground

Hampstead tube station is found on the Northern Line via the Edgeware branch

The Hampstead circular - Fenton House to 2 Willow Road

Facilities and access

  • Fenton House
  • 2 Willow Road
  • Facilities & Suitability