A vast natural park northwest of London and near the village of Hampstead, the Heath is replete with forests, fields for flying kites, bicycle paths, and both fishing and swimming ponds. The Heath’s Parliament Hill gives a spectacular view of London and brings to mind Guy Fawkes’ Gunpowder Plot of 1605 when he and his co-conspirators attempted to assassinate King James I by blowing up the Houses of Parliament. Almost 800 acres in size, the Heath is valued by Londoners and visitors alike and is a favorite recreation site for all ages. The Heath’s wild, free expanse serves as a contrast to the confinement of The Witness‘ main character in police protection.