The Belsize Walk was introduced in the early 2000’s by Camden and TfL, with significant input by local residents, as part of the “Walking Plan for London”. A London Plane leaf found on the route, was used for the design of the metal discs (right) marking the walkways which join two of London’s largest green spaces; Regent’s Park and Hampstead Heath.
Early in the walk and slightly off route, is Primrose Hill (65 metres high) one of six statutory protected views of St Paul’s Cathedral and the walk terminates on another protected view, Parliament Hill (98metres high). In between is a two and a half hour heritage walk of notable and varied architecture which passes through the Belsize Conservation Area, previously part of the Manor of Belsize which was extant in 1317.
Heritage Trail: Belsize Park to Camden Town
You can follow a self-guided heritage walk from Belsize Park underground station to Camden Town underground station (3.3 miles)? The walk has no fewer than 104 points of interest and covers 41 distinguished buildings.
The Heath & Hampstead Society, via its collaboration with the Northern Heights Partnership, has a fully illustrated guide to this section of the Hampstead Heritage Trail. The booklet, together with nine other guides, all full of information and maps, show the full route of the Trail.
For information on the full trail, see here. To buy this and the other booklets, priced from £3 each, see here
Trees in Camden
Camden Council manages approximately 28,000 individual trees across the borough and 10-15,000 additional trees as part of sites of nature conservation. The diverse tree stock includes a large number of pollution-resilient London planes and also limes, sycamores, maples, birch, ash, cherry, holly, whitebeam and false acacia. Over 3,500 trees are classed as juvenile, which means seedlings and saplings.
Did you know that you can help to water some of these young trees? Look out for notices on trees which tell you how to do it.