Join us for a guided walk around Hampstead Heath led by the natural historian John Wright, the author of the River Cottage Handbooks Mushrooms, Edible Seashore, Hedgerow and Booze.

In this urban foray we will learn how to collect food from hedgerows, pastures and woodland and at the same time learn how to decode the Latin names of the natural world. For example we will learn why the entirely land-loving Eastern Mole has been named Scalopus aquaticus, or the Oxford Ragwort been called Senecio squalidus – ‘dirty old man’? And what were naturalists thinking when they called a beetle Agra katewinsletae and a genus of fish Batman?

We will meet first at the Spaniard’s Inn, then walk for an hour an a half and then come back to the Inn for drinks and a book signing.


Limited to 15 people, this Short Walk through the ‘ Hindu Kush’ of Hampstead Heath promises to be a hugely enjoyable and enlightening experience.