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Kite Flying on Hampstead Heath

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by Sandra Lawson (subscribe)
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Published December 17th 2012
How high can you fly your kite on the Heath?
What better way is there to blow away the cobwebs than to go kite flying up on Hampstead Heath? One of the Heath's anomalies is that it is only 4 miles from central London, but is administered by the Corporation of London. Dating back to the late 10th century and recorded in the Domesday Book, it now covers nearly 800 acres and is home to ponds, swimming pools and wildlife.

It is also used for several types of sporting activity, including running, walking, swimming, pétanque and volleyball as well as kite flying. And what child, or even adult, could resist the urge to let their kit soar high above London whilst admiring the amazing views of the city that include The Gherkin, The London Eye, St Paul's Cathedral and the BT Tower? The part of the Heath that is used for this sport is Kite Hill on Parliament Hill Fields, which stands 440 feet high and sits at the south east of Hampstead Heath.

Panorama From Hampstead Heath
Panorama From Hampstead Heath (Picture Courtesy of Wikipedia)

Here are a few kite flyers to get you in the mood.

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Why? To get out into the fresh air, admire views across London, and fly a kite
When: Whenever you want to go
Where: Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath
Cost: Free
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