The Walker's Guide
by David McDowall
& Deborah Wolton
176pp with sketch maps, illustrations and line drawings
2006 edition revised
ISBN 09527847 5 0
'… this book is your passport to a very pleasurable experience and to a fuller understanding of the unique importance of this special place.'
Chairman, Hampstead Heath Management Committee, Corporation of London
'My prize for this year goes to an admirable walker's guide to Hampstead Heath by David McDowall and Deborah Wolton.'
Simon Jenkins on books about London in 1998, The Evening Standard
'…aims to show the historical value of almost every aspect of the Heath from its trees to its soil and its spectacular views.'
Hampstead and Highgate Express
Do you know --
- where to find wild service trees and what they signify?
- where on the Heath you will find 1,000 year-old boundary ditches?
- who Dido Belle was, and whose cows she milked?
- why the Extension was added to the Heath, and who had owned it for the previous 450 years?
- why Hampstead's washerwomen loved the gorse?
- what is, or where will you find, a perched water table?
- what connects Sandy Heath with Dante?
This book contains ten thematic walks, which take you to every corner of the Heath, including parts you may never have visited before:
- The Geology
- The trees and woodlands
- The Heath
- The medieval manor of Tottenhall
- The medieval manor of Hampstead
- The hedgerows
- Houses and landscapes of the Northern Heights: Fitzroy Park to the Elms
- Houses and Gardens of the Northern Heights: Golders Hill to Jack Straw's
- The Heath saved
- The Heath Extension
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