On a crisp November morning a group from The Companions 2 Travel Club ( C2T) met up at St Pancras for a walk which one of the members (Tony Thornton) had arranged to take us from Kings Cross / St Pancras to Highgate Cemetery to get some exercise and to take in some lesser known sights along the way.
Bridget, Nick, Ela, Tony & Wayne with John taking the picture surround the statue of Sir John Betjeman at St Pancras International. who was responsible for saving this wonderful Victorian building when planners wanted to destroy it at the beginning of the day. - Thank You Sir John.
From St Pancras Station we headed down the road to Kings Cross Station, past The German Gym in the foreground and picked up the start of the canal walk at St Pancras Basin that will take you all the way up to Camden Town.
Passing some Futuristic Canal Front property overlooking the Regents Canal between Kings Cross & Camden Lock as well as the Aviary at London Zoo "The Gang stop for a well earned drink at "Dingwalls" in Camden Market.
For those too young to remember Dingwalls, it is an iconic Camden Town landmark located inside the market. Its colourful heritage can be traced all the way back to June 1973 when Dingwalls Dance Hall was officially opened and its legacy lives on today as one of London’s most famous live music venues. What used to be a favourite hangout for the likes of The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Sex Pistols and The Stranglers. Dingwalls was even home to Blondie’s debut in the UK – a gig that went down as one of the wildest nights in the venue’s history.In more recent years the likes of Noel Gallagher, the Foo Fighters, The Strokes, Caribou and Wolf Alice have graced the Dingwalls stage – Dingwalls lives on as the musical heart of Camden with live gigs, comedy and theatre shows to enjoy!
Camden Market is a venue where you can while away many hours during the day and at night there are many clubs to chose from.
However we had to be on our way and we now headed across one of the proud open spaces of Parkland in the capital Hampstead Heath where if you look closely you can see the Shard building against the skyline. The walk across the Heath took us an hour or so and brought us to our final destination - Highgate Cemetery.
Although you might think it strange to spend a day hiking to a Cemetery this cemetery is the last resting place of many famous people and it can be very interesting to take a walk among the tombstones (apologies to Liam Neeson ) and ponder our mortality. Here are a couple of famous people you may have heard of but don't go looking for George Michael he is in an unmarked grave to avoid fan mania.
The walk took us from 10 am until around 5pm when the Cemetery closes but you can take as long as as short a time as you like