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Accessibility guide

Hampstead Heath is happy to support those with disabilities and tries to ensure that as much of the Heath as possible is accessible and enjoyable for everyone.

The Heath's landscape is wild or hilly, but a large portion of it is accessible using a mixture of tarmacked and gravel paths suitable for mobility scooters and some wheelchairs. Two mapped access trails are available depending on your requirements.

Additionally, many of our facilities and amenities across the Heath are accessible, including:

  • accessible parking at Parliament Hill Lido
  • accessible toilets at Parliament Hill Lido, Parliament Hill Fields, Millfield Lane and Golders Hill Park (please note, changing places are not available at present)
  • free mobility scooter hire
  • four cafés at Parliament Hill, Golders Hill Park and the Lido
  • Parliament Hill Lido
  • Men's, Ladies' and Mixed Swimming Ponds
  • Keats House
  • Golders Hill Park Zoo
  • Golders Hill Park Water Garden
  • Golders Hill Park Stumpery
  • Parliament Hill Bandstand
  • Golders Hill Park Bandstand
  • Model Boating Pond fishing platform

Heath Hands' Community Heath project helps people of all backgrounds and abilities to get involved in volunteering and recreation across the Heath through a range of free activities and events. Find out more .

Using this guide

Below is a full guide to planning a day out at the Heath for your particular requirements. We recommend familiarising yourself as much as possible so that you can make the best of your time with us.

If you have any questions which the guide doesn't answer, just contact the team and we'll help.

Getting here

By tube

Gospel Oak Station for Parliament Hill Fields

If you can plan a journey from your home to Gospel Oak Station, we recommend arriving there as the route from there to the Heath's Gospel Oak entrance is just 110 metres (0.06 miles) along a flat, surfaced route.

See Google Maps for a mapped route from Gospel Oak Station to the Heath.

Gospel Oak Station itself has step-free access and disabled toilets. There are no permanent boarding ramps on the platforms, but station staff will assist with temporary ramps.

Hampstead Heath Station for Parliament Hill Fields

If you're unable to reach Gospel Oak Station, Hampstead Heath Station is also close to Parliament Hill Fields. From the station to our Nassington Road entrance is 0.5km (0.3 miles), though this route does have a significant slope and may be difficult for users of self-propelled wheelchairs.

See Google Maps for a mapped route from Hampstead Heath Station to the Heath.

Hampstead Heath Station itself has step-free access and disabled toilets. There are no permanent boarding ramps on the platforms, but station staff will assist with temporary ramps.

Golders Green Station for Golders Hill Park

Golders Green Station is the closest station to Golders Hill Park, though is still 0.8km (0.5 mile) from the Park along a sloping route which may be difficult for users of self-propelled wheelchairs.

See Google Maps for a mapped route from Golders Green Station to Golders Hill Park.

Golders Green Station itself has step-free access and disabled toilets. There are no permanent boarding ramps on the platforms, but station staff will assist with temporary ramps.

Tips for travelling by tube

While you don't need to make arrangements in advance to access the above stations, you will have a smoother journey if you call Transport for London on 0343 222 1234 to make arrangements before travelling. For more information, see Transport for London's accessibility page.

By bus

Buses to Parliament Hill Fields

The 214, C2 and C11 bus routes call at Stops GH and GL on Highgate Road. These are the closest stops to Parliament Hill Fields and, from these stops, you can reach the Heath along a level, paved route. Zebra crossings with drop curbs connect the two pavements either side of Highgate Road.

Buses to Golders Hill Park

The 210 and 268 bus routes call at Hampstead Way and North End Road stops on North End Road. These are the closest stops to Golders Hill Park and, from these stops, you can reach the Park along a level, paved route. Zebra crossings with drop curbs connect the two pavements either side of North End Road.

By car

Parking at Parliament Hill Lido

The Lido car park has 3 designated disabled parking bays with easy access to surfaced paths into the Heath. There are also 45 other bays with a lower level of access. All parking is free for blue badge holders. The car park is located at NW5 1LN​​.

Parking at Golders Hill Park

Golders Hill Park has a dedicated disabled car park with 8 disabled parking bays. These bays have easy access to level and gently sloped, tarmacked routes into the Park. The car park is free for blue badge holders and is located at NW3 7HE.

Mobility scooter hire

We offer free use of a mobility scooter to get you around the Heath.

Availability

Scooters are available in summer from 7am to 5pm, and in winter from 7am to 1pm.

Due to a limited number of scooters, these are available by reservation only and we do require two days' notice ahead of your visit.

How to book

To book, phone us on 020 7485 5757 and let us know when you'd like to reserve a scooter. Alternatively, email the Hampstead Heath Team.

If you've not reserved a scooter with us before, please bring ID with proof of address on the day of your visit.

Collecting your scooter

To collect your scooter on the day, visit Parliament Hill Lido and speak with any member of staff. Our staff will then bring the scooter to you and ensure you're comfortable with it before you leave to explore the Heath.

Using our scooters

Our scooters are for use on tarmac and gravel pathways only. This is to avoid damage to vehicles and to avoid you becoming bogged down in muddy areas.

If climbing a steep hill with our scooters, we recommend using a low gear. Our staff will make sure you're familiar with this before you leave the Lido with the scooter.

While rare, breakdowns can happen and it is important to have a mobile phone with you. If you do become stuck, call the Lido on 020 7485 5757 or call the Heath Constabulary on 020 8340 5260.

Mobile phone coverage on the Heath is generally good, but there are some blackspots with certain networks. If you become stuck and are unable to call us, our rangers and Constabulary regularly patrol our major paths and will help you if flagged down - alternatively, ask a fellow member of public for help.

Access trails

​We have two mapped access trails - one short and one longer route - which explore Parliament Hill Fields and Parliament Hill, including views of the London skyline, Highgate Ponds and Hampstead Ponds.

Short access trail

Our short access trail is a 3km (1.8 mile) route. The route is entirely tarmacked and avoids all steep slopes, and should be suitable for all wheelchairs - manual or electric. Depending on fitness, it may also be suitable for those on crutches or walking frames.

The route can be started at Gospel Oak Station or our Lido Car Park. From there it passes our Lido and heads into Parliament Hill Fields. After passing Parliament Hill Café, it proceeds along the banks of our Highgate Ponds and then around Parliament Hill before returning to Parliament Hill Fields and Gospel Oak.

See our short access trail map

Long access trail

Our long access trail is a 4.3km (2.7 mile) route. The route is partly tarmacked and partly gravel, and it avoids steep slopes. It should be suitable for electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters, but may be difficult for manual wheelchair users and those on crutches or walking frames.

Note: there is a disabled toilet at Millfield Lane, halfway along this route; however this is at the top of an unavoidably steep slope and is difficult to reach in a manual wheelchair, by crutches or by walking frame. If at all possible, we suggest using the toilets at Parliament Hill Fields before following the rest of the route.

The route can be started at Gospel Oak Station or our Lido Car Park. From there it passes our Lido and heads into Parliament Hill Fields. After passing Parliament Hill Café, it proceeds along the banks of our Highgate Ponds and past our Model Boating Pond to Lime Avenue. After passing along Lime Avenue, it proceeds along the banks of our Hampstead Ponds before returning to Parliament Hill Fields and Gospel Oak.

See our long access trail map

Accessible facilities

​Parliament Hill Lido

Parliament Hill Lido Café

Parliament Hill Café

Bathing Ponds

Model Boating Pond

Useful contacts

General enquiries

For general enquiries and help planning your visit, feel free to call us on 020 7332 3322 (Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm) or email the Hampstead Heath Team.

Facility enquiries

If you have a specific enquiry about one of our facilities, such as the Lido or one of cafés here, you can contact the team.

Help getting here

If you're on your way to the Heath by public transport and need assistance, call Transport for London on 0343 222 1234.

Help on the Heath

If you require assistance while on the Heath, call the Heath Constabulary on 020 8340 5260. In an emergency, always call 999 first.


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