Waterlow Park: the peaceful alternative to Hampstead Heath

Since September 1st is the start of autumn and we’ll soon be saying goodbye to the summer, I thought I’d share some photos of an autumnal Waterlow Park to celebrate one of the best parts of my favourite season — long Sunday walks.

These photos were taken last year on an exploration around Highgate, just when the leaves were turning golden orange and before they’d fallen off the trees.

The colours made the view all the more impressive…

View from Waterlow Park, Hampstead, London
Image: A Peace of London

On our way around the park, we happened across the statue of Sydney H. Waterlow, a philanthropist and politician who donated the park to the public as “a garden for the gardenless”.

Statue of Sydney H. Waterlow at Waterlow Park, Hampstead, London
Image: A Peace of London
Waterlow Park, Hampstead, London
Image: A Peace of London

All this colour made the lake (pond?) look quite dramatic.

The lake at Waterlow Park, Hampstead, London
Image: A Peace of London

While you’re there, take a walk around the gardens of Lauderdale House (which was sadly closed when we visited) and take in the equally-dramatic statues:

Statue at Waterlow Park, Hampstead, London
Image: A Peace of London
Statue at at Waterlow Park, Hampstead, London
Image: A Peace of London

Waterlow Park: the essentials

Opening times: 7.30am-8pm, daily

Nearest Tube: Archway

More information: Visit the Friends of Waterlow Park website. For more information about Lauderdale House, visit the house’s website.

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