The Belsize Walk

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”. The walkways join two of London’s largest green spaces; Regent’s Park and Hampstead Heath and are marked by metal discs (right). The design of these discs is based on the metal coal-hole covers, used in the 19th and early 20th centuries with a London Plane leaf found on the route, being the decorative feature.

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 (98 metres 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.

Belsize Wood – credit: Luke Collins

Download the Belsize Walk Leaflet here.

Find information about other walks here and for canal towpath walks, go 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. Find out more here.

Did you know that you can:

  • Help to water the young trees? Look for instructions attached to the trees
  • Offer to plant flowers in your street’s tree pits
  • Ask to plant commemorative trees on council land
  • Propose a new planting location on council land
  • Learn more here