North London walk Day 1. January 2nd 2016

A 11 mile hard walk across North London starting from Hampstead Heath to Wembley Park.Please note this is part 1 of a walk through North to east London - for second part please click this link.

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It was on cold and wet morning that Gail decided it would be nice to get out in the fresh air and walk 11 miles through North London parks & Heaths, so off we went by car in the rain down the M1. The starting point for this walk was Hamstead Heath and you can get there easily on the Overground, as the station lies just south of Hampstead Ponds (map) . The first point of interest on this walk is Parliament hill (map) it is an area of open parkland in the south-east corner of Hampstead Heath in north-west London. The hill, which is 98 metres (322 ft) high, is notable for its views of the capital's skyline. Many landmarks can be seen from its summit such as Canary Wharf, the Gherkin, the Shard and St Paul's Cathedral. The eponymous Houses of Parliament which are 6 
14 miles (10.1 km) south in the City of Westminster can still be seen from Parliament Hill although they have become rather obscured by surrounding buildings.

We went through North End a part of the heath that was cut through about 1730 for a way into nearby Hendon, here you will soon past the leafy suburbs of Hampstead & Golders green these were some of the best looking london streets we have seen on our travels I hate to think what it would cost to move here. We continued onwards North West to Big wood where you pick up the Dollis valley Greenwalk (
a 10-mile riverside walk from Mill Hill to the northern fringes of Hampstead Heath linking areas of public open space along the valley of the Dollis Brook, a tributary of the Brent, that rises near Arkley.)

Through Hendon park
part of a medieval estate known as the Steps Fields and owned by the Goodyer family. From 1868 till 1903 it was owned by the Kemp family when Hendon Council opened the park to the public. Soon you go over the Northern line tube then cross the Edgware road and you will find yourself in Brent Resiviour or known locally as Welsh harp this straddles the boundary between the London boroughs of Brent and Barnet and is owned by the Canal & River Trust. The reservoir takes its informal name from a public house called The Welsh Harp, which stood nearby until the early 1970s. It is the only Site of Special Scientific Interest in Barnet and Brent.
The reservoir is fed by the
Silk Stream and the River Brent, and its outflow is the River Brent. It is said to contain enough water to fill 3 million baths, and in 1994 when the reservoir was drained, more than 6,700 lb (3,000 kg) of fish were captured, 95% of which were roach.

The Next park we get to on route is Fryent County Park and to the south lies Barn hill there is a Fish pond on top of the hill , the hill rises to 86m and there is a triangulation point on the summit. A short downhill walk will bring you towards Wembley park Tube station (jubilee line) and from here you get a great view towards the stadium down Wembley way. This was a great walk, however may be better in sunny weather and when the ground is a little less waterlogged - I have mark the walk as hard due to the distance and some hill climbing, the mud also made the walking tiring,