The first time a friend took me "up the Heath", cruising in the woods at the top of London's Hampstead Heath, I was terrified and turned on in equal measure. Being summer, it was still quite light, but most people have had a lifetime of being warned about men lurking in the woods - and here I was taking two buses to get to them. Going "up the Heath" is a bit of a rite of passage for many gay men, often the first time you've done the anonymous sex thing, and it's something you are usually initiated into by a friend who already goes up there. Mine steered me down the steep path behind the pub car park to the main drag, a path through the trees about the size of a main road, lined not with lamp posts or speed cameras, but with men sitting on every available horizontal plane, leaning against every tree. They were smoking, ignoring their dogs a lot of "straight" men use dogs as excuses for being here , giving lots of eye-contact and, if they liked the look of you, provocatively stroking the front of their jeans or tracksuits. The men who come here are all ages, from teenage to old age, done out in anything from chavvy sportswear to walking boots, shorts and jeans with the odd bit of fetishwear thrown in.
Gay cruising Hampstead Heath?
Why do so many gay men still go cruising and cottaging? - d3js.info
Gay cruising describes the act of searching about a public place in pursuit of a partner for sex. The activity has existed in England and Wales since at least the 17th century and has a colourful legal history. It differs from prostitution in that the parties involved do not seek money for sex, and from gay nightclubs or bathhouses in that they are not on private premises, although they may take place on private land to which the public have been granted access. The history of gay cruising is sparsely documented, as the illegality of gay sex meant that those who used such cruising grounds were likely to be discreet about them.
Gay 'ghetto' plan for Hampstead Heath
If you ever need evidence that London is a green city, Hampstead Heath is it. This stretch of acres of meadows and woodland — a piece of countryside that forgot to get swallowed up by the city is the perfect sanctuary when you need to go for a good ramble. Hampstead Heath is home to several of my favourite walks in London — the variety of terrain more than justifies a series of trips to tackle the different routes. One moment you can be marvelling at the magnificent London views from Parliament Hill, another rambling through wisteria-laden arbors in Hampstead Pergola. Delivered straight into your inbox in one awesome guide.
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