Hampstead heath gay cruising area
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. He believes that the first gay cruising grounds and gay brothels in London may have sprung up in the early 17th century; theatres were sometimes denounced as such by moralists of the time.
Hampstead Heath, London, Cruising Ground
See Review of Sep 01 for photo and directions to "Fuck Tree. Back to regular version. Posted Jul 05 By mickey. With the warm weather, busy all night. The promenade and the maze busy per usual, but even the area just beyond the car park behind Jack Straw's Castle. I love to cruise here, always plenty to do, and even just watching is fun. All ages and types, but with the 'hiking,' the geriatric set mostly stay away.
Gay cruising in England and Wales
I went for a walk recently in Hampstead Heath with a friend. It was one of those sunny days before the weather turned cold in London, and it was during the week so there was hardly anyone about. I wanted this walk to go past the cruising area so I could get a sense of it, the paths and maybe even see if there were guys around. Straight from Hampstead Heath overground I spotted some guys by themselves, sitting on benches, walking up the path. Some fit runners went past us and I thought it would be a nice idea to come back some time, by myself, for a bit of running as well….
Hampstead stop on Edgware Brance of Northern Line underground. Very handy if you cant find it cause you just have to ask for the Pub. Everyone knows it. It is also the Safest Cruising Ground I know.