A Grim North

Musings from a northerner living in the deep south…

To the top

Posted by Alan on April 5, 2011

This weekend I took to the roads and cycle lanes of London again for two adventures, clocking up around 35 miles in total.  The second trip took me from home to Hampstead Heath and the opportunity to tick of another London must: the view from Parliament Hill.

The view from Parliament Hill

Looking south: the view from Parliament Hill

It wasn’t a spectacularly clear day – so I am quite impressed that some detail has come out in the cloud. The City is typically hazy (this is Sunday’s air pollution!), something that maybe one day will get fixed. It’s a real mixed use space – picnics, kite flying, many runners, sadly no cycling but due to the number of people walking I can understand that. (This doesn’t negate the fact I still need to find a hill to practice on).

Looking away

Just the three of us. Looking away.

Further down the hill you can start to pick out other detail – the London eye, just how utterly massive the Shard is and the motley crew of tower blocks apparently dumped at random across the London skyline.

Another view - spot the London Eye

Another view - spot the London Eye

Apparently the heath isn’t off limits to all wheeled vehicles as this mobility scooter proved – I bet that was an uncomfortable ride!

Off road

Off road mobility

With the photographic opportunities finished (i.e. we got bored) next stop was the Southampton Arms, just round the corner from the bottom of the heath.

Ale and cider house

Southampton Arms: an ale and cider house

There’s more about the pub over at my other blog but in summary it most excellent. 10 ales, 8 ciders and a selection of pies. What more can you ask for?

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2 Responses to “To the top”

  1. Simon said

    You should try going south to the Horniman Museum & Gardens in Forest Hill to get the equivalent view from the south!

    It’s about 8 miles ride from Westminster & can be done via Dulwich, few nice pubs a bit further up near Crystal Palace Park. The museum has an amazing collection of instruments too!

  2. Alan P said

    Thanks Simon – that’s actually a really good idea cos I can get the Overground back to Dalston if I’m knackered from riding down there! 🙂

    I have done the view from the Norwood Cemetery which was pretty good!

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