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Winter Wonderland

Hampstead Heath is marvellous in the summer, and even satisfying in February in a muddy sort of way. But when it snows, it is transformed into a magic wonderland, as these photos, taken in January 2001, show.

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The northern slopes of Parliament Hill offer some of the finest vistas on the Heath. When it snows properly, this is the best sledging run on the Heath - indeed in London. On this occasion there was not quite enough snow - but it was magically for walkers.

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Here we see the foothills of Parliament Hill, looking across one of the Highgate ponds towards Highgate itself on the slopes beyond. .

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If you looked hard enough, there was just enough snow to do a little gentle sledging, in this case on the slopes in front of Kenwood House.

 

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