Day 19: Super Bumper Double Bill – Hatton Cross to Heathrow Terminals 1,2,3 and Uxbridge to Ruislip Manor

Today’s walk is in two parts, because I finished the Heathrow corner then popped up to Uxbridge to cover some of that branch as well.

PART ONE

Lines: Piccadilly / Stations: Hatton Cross – Heathrow Terminal 4 – Heathrow Terminal 5 – Heathrow Terminals 1,2,3 (by train) / Time: 1h 30m / Distance: 5.23 miles

Rainbow at Hatton Cross
Picking up where I left off last time at 173. Hatton Cross
A plane taking off from Heathrow
There’s mostly just planes here
A plane taking off from Heathrow
Lots of them
A radar tower
A radar tower
A narrow mud track by a river, covered in rubbish
The route to T4 goes along this so-called ‘footpath’
A sculpture of three planes
It then goes across some busy roads with no safe crossing points. But there’s a fancy plane sculpture, at least
Heathrow Terminal 4 entrance
Heathrow Terminal 4
Rainbow near Terminal 4
I was going to use this as my T4 selfie but I thought I’d better go all the way down the slope
Rainbow at Terminal 4
174. Heathrow Terminal 4 (approx 1.3 miles)
Pedestrian route at Heathrow
Heathrow is huge and the walk from 4 to 5 is just a long slog down a busy road, apart from this corner where the path goes through a cargo loading facility for some reason
Heathrow Terminal 5 station
T5 station
Rainbow at Terminal 5
175. Heathrow Terminal 5 (5.23 miles)

Heathrow Terminals 1,2,3 is the only station on the Underground that can’t be reached on foot, being in the middle of Heathrow airport. The only road access is through a tunnel which pedestrians aren’t allowed in, so this is the only section of these walks when I’m allowing myself to use the train.

Rainbow at Terminals 1,2,3
176. Heathrow Terminals 1,2,3

The first part of the day’s adventure ends there, the train part doesn’t count towards the total so it ends as 5.23 miles in 1 hour 30 minutes. I still had some time left of the day and anything to minimise having to go all the way to the other side of London is helpful, so I jumped on a bus to Uxbridge and kept going…

Bus stop at Heathrow
Let’s go to Uxbridge

PART TWO

Lines: Piccadilly, Metropolitan / Stations: Uxbridge – Hillingdon – Ickenham – Ruislip – Ruislip Manor / Time: 1h 24m / Distance: 4.61 miles

A closed Blockbuster shop
The first thing I found in Uxbridge was this abandoned Blockbuster shop
Rainbow at Uxbridge
There’s also a station (this is the sneaky side entrance)
Stained glass window at Uxbridge
Uxbridge has similar architecture to Cockfosters, and this stained glass window
Concrete building at Uxbridge
Uxbridge architecture
Rainbow at Uxbridge
177. Uxbridge
Uxbridge station building
Uxbridge station building
Statue of a family with a dog
A statue called ‘Anticipation’
The Gardeners Arms pub
Pubs of Uxbridge
Bridge over the River Pinn
Bridge over the River Pinn
Bike racks at Hillingdon
Hillingdon station bike racks
Rainbow at Hillingdon
178. Hillingdon (approx 1.8 miles)
Railway bridge over the A40
The Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines crossing the A40
Welcome to Ickenham sign
Ickenham wasn’t particularly icky
Cottage with a tall roof and brick chimney
A house that looks like it ought to belong to a wizard
Ickenham station
Ickenham station
Rainbow at Ickenham
179. Ickenham (approx 2.7 miles)
A Metropolitan line train sparking on the track as it leaves Ickenham
A Metropolitan line train sparking on the track as it leaves Ickenham
Coach & Horses pub
Pubs of Ickenham
Information sign about Ickenham's historical water pump
Information sign about Ickenham’s historical water pump
Ickenham pump
Ickenham pump
Rainbow at West Ruislip
Quick wave to West Ruislip station, not counted as a visit today
Ruislip station
Ruislip station
Rainbow at Ruislip
180. Ruislip (approx 4.2 miles)
Ruislip Manor station with a bridge that has 'Ruislip Manor' painted on in large letters
Ruislip Manor with its labelled bridge
Rainbow at Ruislip Manor
181. Ruislip Manor (4.61 miles)

So ends the second part of today’s walks. I was aiming for Rayners Lane but it started getting dark and cold, so I called time a couple of stops early. I’ll pick back up from here next time.

This part totalled 4.61 miles in 1 hour 24 minutes, taking the day’s total to 9.84 miles and 2 hours 54 minutes of actual walking time. The total distance now stands at 180.33 miles.

Rainbow at Ruislip Manor
See you next time!
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Day 18: Acton Town to Hatton Cross

Lines: Piccadilly / Stations: Acton Town – South Ealing – Northfields – Boston Manor – Osterley – Hounslow East – Hounslow Central – Hounslow West – Hatton Cross / Time: 2h 55m / Distance: 9.42 miles

Rainbow at Acton Town
58 (revisit). Acton Town

I’ve skipped the middle of the Piccadilly line, I’ll come back to that. First I’m going to get the branches out of the way, starting with this south western spur.

North Circular road
The first vaguely interesting item is the North Circular road
Rose Gardens
Rose Gardens is not as aesthetically pleasing as the name suggests
Piccadilly line
Hey, it’s the Piccadilly line
South Ealing station
South Ealing station
Rainbow at South Ealing
166. South Ealing (approx 1.3 miles)
Vintage lamp posts
I quite liked these vintage lamp posts
Northfields station
Northfields station
Rainbow at Northfields
167. Northfields (approx 1.8 miles)
Northfields depot
Northfields depot
Blondin park
A park runs alongside the depot, so that’s nice
Northfields depot
The other end of the depot, featuring a track inspection train
Boston Manor station
Boston Manor station
Rainbow at Boston Manor
168. Boston Manor (approx 2.5 miles)
Depot tracks next to Boston Manor station
Depot tracks next to Boston Manor station
Boston Manor Park gates
Boston Manor Park gates
The Ride bus stop
This bus stop is named after a nearby road which in turn isn’t named after anything exciting despite what it might suggest
M4 motorway bridge
The bridge up there carries the M4 motorway
GlaxoSmithKline offices
There are lots of large company office buildings in this area
Grand Union Canal
Grand Union Canal (with Sky Sports HQ in the background)
Former Gillette building
The former Gillette building
Osterley & Spring Grove station building
Station building for Osterley & Spring Grove. The station closed in 1934 when the new Osterley station opened slightly further along, but the former entrance is now a bookshop
Osterley station tower
Osterley station tower
Osterley station
Osterley station
Rainbow at Osterley
169. Osterley (approx 5 miles)
The railway
The railway
Footbridge
A bridge that appears to be seldom used, which is surprising considering its location
Unkempt alleyway
This is what’s at the other end of it
A plane
Must be an airport nearby
Hounslow East station
Hounslow East station

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Rainbow at Hounslow East
170. Hounslow East (approx 5.8 miles)
A plane
Must be an airport nearby
Hounslow Central station
Hounslow Central station

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Rainbow at Hounslow Central
171. Hounslow Central (approx 6.4 miles)
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Hounslow Central station building is quite nice
A plane
Must be an airport nearby
Hounslow West station
Hounslow West station
Rainbow at Hounslow West
172. Hounslow West (approx 7.4 miles)
British Airways building
British Airways building
Some horses and a plane
Some horses
Hatton Cross station
Hatton Cross station
Hatton Cross station
Hatton Cross station
Hatton Cross station
Hatton Cross station
Rainbow at Hatton Cross
173. Hatton Cross (9.42 miles)

I’m finishing there, and I’ll come back later to walk around the perimeter of Heathrow airport. Today’s walk totals at 9.42 miles in 2:55, taking the full distance up to 170.49 miles.

Backlit roundel at Hatton Cross
Backlit roundel at Hatton Cross

Day 17: Cockfosters to King’s Cross St. Pancras

Lines: Piccadilly / Stations: Cockfosters – Oakwood – Southgate – Arnos Grove – Bounds Green – Wood Green – Turnpike Lane – Manor House – Finsbury Park – Arsenal – Holloway Road – Caledonian Road – King’s Cross St. Pancras / Time: 3h 47m / Distance: 11.89 miles

Rainbow at Cockfosters
Cockfosters.

I like the word Cockfosters. It’s a useful tool to have in a ‘creative swearing’ vocabulary.

Today’s walk covers the northern part of the Piccadilly Line, from Cockfosters in Enfield down to King’s Cross St. Pancras in central London.

Plants at Cockfosters
Plants at Cockfosters
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Cockfosters station
Rainbow at Cockfosters
154. Cockfosters
Cockfosters depot
Cockfosters depot
Oakwood station
Oakwood station
Seating thing at Oakwood
These things are common at this end of the Picc
Oakwood station
Oakwood station
Rainbow at Oakwood
155. Oakwood (approx 0.9 miles)
Shops and restaurants around the edge of Oakwood
Shops and restaurants around the edge of Oakwood
Trees in Enfield
Enfield has nice greenery
Southgate station
Southgate station
Rainbow at Southgate
156. Southgate (approx 2 miles)
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Southgate station
Southgate station
Southgate has a model tesla coil on top and no one seems quite sure why
A fire station
A fire station
Southgate circus library
This library is closed now but I like to think it exclusively stocked books about clowns and trapezes
Low High Street sign
High Street, low sign
Ye Olde Cherry Tree pub
Pubs of Enfield
Old shelter and phone box in Southgate
I quite like the old shelter and phone box, it gives the area an old village kind of feel
Trees and grass
Trees and grass in the Arnos Grove area
Arnos Park gates
Arnos Park gates
Arnos Park
Arnos Park
Arnos Park
Arnos Park
A bridge in Arnos Park
A bridge in Arnos Park
Arnos Arms pub
Pubs of Arnos Grove
Arnos Grove station
Arnos Grove station
Rainbow at Arnos Grove
157. Arnos Grove (approx 3.4 miles)
Arnos Grove station
Arnos Grove station
Bowes Road library
Bowes Road library had a different architect to the nearby Underground stations but there are a lot of similarities in their work
Crossing the North Circular
Crossing the North Circular
Bounds Green station
Bounds Green station
Rainbow at Bounds Green
158. Bounds Green (approx 4.4 miles)
Bounds Green station
Bounds Green station
Railway
National Rail line between Bowes Park and Alexandra Palace
Wood Green bus garage
Wood Green bus garage
Wood Green station
Wood Green station
Rainbow at Wood Green
159. Wood Green (approx 5.4 miles)
Wood Green
Wood Green is neither green nor woody
Turnpike Lane station
Turnpike Lane station
Rainbow at Turnpike Lane
160. Turnpike Lane (approx 6 miles)
Cartoon street art
Cartoon street art
An All Landlords Are Bastards sticker
An important message
Harringay Green Lanes Overground station
Harringay Green Lanes Overground station
Harringay Green Lanes bridge
Harringay Green Lanes bridge

What I like about Harringay is that there’s seemingly no consensus on how to spell it. The station is Harringay, but the council is Haringey. I think I’ve seen Haringay somewhere as well. There are lots of Turkish restaurants in Harringay, some of which look quite good.

New River
New River
Manor House station
Manor House has several of these subway style entrances
Manor House station
There’s also a surface building, though
Rainbow at Manor House
161. Manor House (approx 7.4 miles)
Finsbury Park gate
Finsbury Park gate
Finsbury Park
Finsbury Park. Sometimes there’s a fair in there, usually around Easter time. There was a circus recently, it left a couple of days before this walk.
Finsbury Park gate
Finsbury Park gate
Finsbury Park station
Finsbury Park station with ‘Great Northern Electrics, Victoria and Piccadilly Line’ sign
Finsbury Park station
Finsbury Park station
Rainbow at Finsbury Park
162. Finsbury Park (approx 8 miles)
Gillespie Park
Gillespie Park nature reserve
Arsenal station
Arsenal station has a sizable roundel
Rainbow at Arsenal
162. Arsenal (approx 8.5 miles)
Emirates stadium entrance
The entrance to the Emirates Stadium grounds
Emirates Stadium
Emirates Stadium
Ken Friar Bridge information board
Ken Friar Bridge information
Arse
I am a Very Mature Person
Holloway Road station
Holloway Road station
Holloway Road station
Holloway Road station
Rainbow at Holloway Road
164. Holloway Road (approx 9.1 miles)
The Vestry of St Mary Islington Electric Lighting Station
The Vestry of St Mary Islington Electric Lighting Station
Caledonian Road station
Caledonian Road station
Rainbow at Caledonian Road
165. Caledonian Road (approx 9.6 miles)
Overground bridge
Overground bridge
York Road disused station
York Road station – opened 1906, closed 1932, but the surface building is still very much standing. It’s currently used as a storage area and an emergency access route to/from the track.
Rainbow at York Road
York Road – but this one doesn’t count
York Road disused station
York Road station building with stored items in the yard in front
Regents Canal
Regents Canal
King's Cross station
The back of King’s Cross
Trains at King's Cross
An East Midlands liveried loco pulling Virgin livery carriages into King’s Cross
King's Cross St. Pancras station
King’s Cross St. Pancras station
Rainbow at King's Cross St. Pancras
126 (revisit). King’s Cross St. Pancras (11.89 miles)

Today’s total was 11.89 miles in 3 hours 47 minutes, and the overall total now stands at 161.07 miles. At some point soon I’ll do the other end of the Piccadilly Line, starting at Acton Town and heading south west, I hope you’ll join me for that one.

Day 16: High Barnet to Camden Town

Lines: Northern / Stations: High Barnet – Totteridge & Whetstone – Woodside Park – West Finchley – Mill Hill East – Finchley Central – East Finchley – Highgate – Archway – Tufnell Park – Kentish Town – Camden Town / Time: 3h 55m / Distance: 12.15 miles

Rainbow at High Barnet
Not feeling 100% but I’m here so let’s go to Camden…

Finishing another line today with the other northern Northern branch from High Barnet to Camden Town, also including the awkward Mill Hill East excursion.

High Barnet station building
High Barnet station, the top end of the Northern line
Rainbow at High Barnet
143. High Barnet
View downhill from High Barnet
Hi, Barnet
A footpath
The first few miles are off-road footpaths, it’s a nice start
An open green space
An open space on the way down into the valley
Dog
The park had loads of dogs
Dollis Valley Greenwalk
Dollis Valley Greenwalk
Totteridge & Whetstone station
Totteridge & Whetstone station
Rainbow at Totteridge & Whetstone
144. Totteridge & Whetstone (approx 1.7 miles)
Dollis Valley Greenwalk signpost
Let’s go to Finchley
Whetstone Stray open space
Stray open space just looking for a good home
A bridge
A bridge
Woodside Park station
Crossing the footbridge at Woodside Park
Woodside Park station
Woodside Park station
Rainbow at Woodside Park
145. Woodside Park (approx 2.9 miles)
Alleyway next to the railway
This alleyway next to the railway is a bit overgrown
West Finchley station
West Finchley station
Rainbow at West Finchley
146. West Finchley (approx 3.6 miles)
Dollis viaduct
Dollis Viaduct, part of the Mill Hill East spur and the highest point from track to ground level on the network (as opposed to Hampstead, the deepest from ground level to track)
Dollis viaduct
Dollis Viaduct
Mill Hill East station
Mill Hill East station
Rainbow at Mill Hill East
147. Mill Hill East (approx 4.9 miles)

Mill Hill East was on a track linking Finchley to Edgware but plans to complete it as a main route never came to fruition so now it just sits here on its little spur with a shuttle service from Finchley Central.

Road to Finchley Central
The road down to Finchley Central
Finchley Central station
Finchley Central station
Rainbow at Finchley Central
148. Finchley Central (approx 5.8 miles)
Finchley Central station
Cutting across at Finchley Central
North Circular Road
North Circular Road
East Finchley station
East Finchley station
Rainbow at East Finchley
149. East Finchley (approx 7.6 miles)
The East Finchley archer
The East Finchley archer
The Old White Lion pub
Pubs of East Finchley
A1 sign
The early 00s boyband’s lesser known hits
Highgate Wood
Highgate Wood
Highgate station
Highgate station
Highgate station
Highgate station
Rainbow at Highgate
150. Highgate (approx 8.7 miles)
View from Archway Road
I bet if it was a clear day this would be a really good view
Archway station
Archway station
Rainbow at Archway
151. Archway (approx 9.7 miles)
Railway maintenance vehicles on the Overground track
Overground track at the former site of Junction Road station, now part of the Gospel Oak to Barking line currently undergoing electrification
Street art on Junction Road
Street art on Junction Road
Tufnell Park station
Tufnell Park station
Rainbow at Tufnell Park
152. Tufnell Park (approx 10.3 miles)
The Bull & Gate, Kentish Town
The Bull & Gate, I saw a few bands here in the old days, it’s all a bit hipster now
Kentish Town National Rail station
Kentish Town National Rail platforms
Kentish Town station
Kentish Town station
Rainbow at Kentish Town
153. Kentish Town (approx 10.8 miles)
South Kentish Town station
South Kentish Town disused station, a short-lived station which closed in 1924
Kentish Town with a railway bridge
A freight train passing over the bridge up ahead, which is the Overground North London line
Under the bridge bordering Kentish Town and Camden Town
The bridge marks the boundary between Kentish Town and Camden Town
Canal in Camden
Canal in Camden
Camden Town station
Camden Town station
Rainbow at Camden Town
134 (revisit). Camden Town (12.15 miles)

The total distance was 12.15 miles and it took 3 hours 55 minutes, it brings the total walked up to 149.18 miles. The Northern line is done! Next time I’ll continue the Piccadilly line, I’ve done a small section of it that shares the route with the District line, but I’ll now do the rest.

Rainbow at Camden Town
See you later, Camden

Day 15: Euston to Edgware

Lines: Northern / Stations: Euston – Mornington Crescent – Camden Town – Chalk Farm – Belsize Park – Hampstead – Golders Green – Brent Cross – Hendon Central – Colindale – Burnt Oak – Edgware / Time: 3h 26m / Distance: 10.57 miles

Rainbow at Euston
Starting back here at 127 (revisit). Euston

Today I’m heading up the first of the two Northern line forks at the top, over the massive hill at Hampstead all the way to Edgware.

Koko Camden
Koko Camden. I saw James Dean Bradfield here once
Mornington Crescent station
Made it to Mornington Crescent in 132 moves
Rainbow at Mornington Crescent
132. Mornington Crescent (approx 0.5 miles)
Camden Town station
Camden Town station
Rainbow at Camden Town
133. Camden Town (approx 0.9 miles)

I like Camden. It’s up there with my favourite parts of London. It’s not quite the same as it used to be but there’s still a good amount of ‘alternative’ punky/gothy/etc stuff around.

Poetry on the street in Camden
Poetry on the street in Camden
Camden Market
Camden Market
Hawley Crescent
Hawley Crescent and the building that used to be MTV’s UK headquarters, I don’t know if it still is
Shops in Camden
Shops in Camden
Camden Lock
Camden Lock
Building work on the Canal Market site in Camden
Canal Market has gone, it didn’t survive the last fire
Stables Market and the Overground railway bridge
Stables Market and the Overground railway bridge
The Roundhouse
The Roundhouse
Roundhouse history plaque
Roundhouse history
Chalk Farm station
Chalk Farm station
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Chalk Farm station
Rainbow at Chalk Farm
134. Chalk Farm (approx 1.5 miles)
Downhill view
Halfway up the ridiculous hill to Hampstead, looking back towards central London
Belsize Park station
Belsize Park station
Rainbow at Belsize Park
135. Belsize Park (approx 2.2 miles)

That’s station 135, only 135 more to go!

Hampstead station
Hampstead station
Rainbow at Hampstead
136. Hampstead (approx 3 miles)
Hampstead Heath
A very small bit of Hampstead Heath
Jack Straws Castle
Alright former Labour cabinet ministers, calm down

It’s actually named after one of the leaders of the peasant’s revolt in 1381, who the politician is also apparently named after.

Bull & Bush pub
Bull & Bush

This pub gives its name to the nearby station-that-never-was, Bull & Bush, or North End. It was half built but never opened.

A house with a blue plaque for Evelyn Waugh
Evelyn Waugh lived here
Golders Green station
Golders Green station
Rainbow at Golders Green
137. Golders Green (approx 4.4 miles)
A bridge in Golders Green
A bridge in Golders Green
Brent Cross station
Brent Cross station
Rainbow at Brent Cross
138. Brent Cross (approx 5.4 miles)
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Inside Brent Cross station
Brent Cross station
And out of the other side, because I’m walking, not getting the train
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Crossing the North Circular
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Crossing the North Circular
A big Underground roundel
A big sign
Hendon Park
I like the sections of the walks where I’m off the road
The Northern line
And this one’s right by the railway
Hendon Central station
Looking down into Hendon Central station
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Hendon Central station
Rainbow at Hendon Central
139. Hendon Central (approx 6.4 miles)
Downhill view
Down the other side of the hill towards Edgware
The M1
The M1 looking a bit quiet
National Rail line
Right next to the motorway, the National Rail line towards Hendon
Silk Stream
This river is called Silk Stream
Colindale station
Colindale station
Rainbow at Colindale
140. Colindale (approx 8 miles)
Burnt Oak station
Burnt Oak station
Rainbow at Burnt Oak
141. Burnt Oak (approx 9 miles)
A mural at Burnt Oak
A mural at Burnt Oak
A mural at Burnt Oak
Another mural at Burnt Oak
The Northern line
The Northern line, nearly at the end
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An abandoned pub in Edgware
Edgware station
Edgware station
Rainbow at Edgware
142. Edgware (10.57 miles)

Which brings the first northern Northern branch to an end, 10.57 miles in 3 hours 26 minutes, and takes the total distance covered so far to 137.03 miles. In terms of number of stations visited, I’ve passed the half way point, but there’s a lot more still to come with loads of revisits too so I don’t think I’m quite half way by distance – probably not far off though.

Next time I’m doing the other side, High Barnet down to Camden including the Mill Hill East spur.

Rainbow at Edgware
See you next time!

Day 14: Kennington to Waterloo

Lines: Northern / Stations: Kennington – Elephant & Castle – Borough – London Bridge – Bank – Moorgate – Old Street – Angel – King’s Cross St. Pancras – Euston – Warren Street – Goodge Street – Tottenham Court Road – Leicester Square – Charing Cross – Embankment – Waterloo / Time: 2h 46m / Distance: 8.7 miles

Kennington roundel
Off we go on another adventure

Today’s route takes me from Kennington through the city on the Bank branch of the Northern line, then at Euston I’m heading back down through the West End along the Charing Cross branch, finishing at Waterloo.

Rainbow at Kennington
Starting with 108 (revisit). Kennington
A discarded bathtub
Kennington has all the local amenities, like this public bath
Elephant & Castle area looking rundown
Elephant & Castle is not very picturesque
An elephant and castle statue
See, it’s an elephant, with a castle
Elephant & Castle station
Elephant & Castle station
Rainbow at Elephant & Castle
120. Elephant & Castle (approx 0.6 miles)
Elephant & Castle station
The other entrance to Elephant & Castle
Railway bridge
The National Rail line from Blackfriars
The Shard
Heading towards the Shard
Borough station
Borough station
Rainbow at Borough
121. Borough (approx 1.1 miles)
Plaque at Borough
Borough has a plaque detailing the station’s history
A painted cabinet
I like stuff like this, it’s better than bland and plain street furniture
Blue figures on the side of a building
Nice to see the Blue Man Group keeping themselves busy
Borough Market
Borough Market
A SouthEastern train crossing above near the Borough High Street entrance to London Bridge station
A SouthEastern train crossing above near the Borough High Street entrance to London Bridge station
The Shard
The Shard
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Bikes at London Bridge
London Bridge station
London Bridge station
Rainbow at London Bridge
122. London Bridge (approx 1.6 miles)
City of London boundary on the south side of London Bridge
City of London boundary on the south side of London Bridge
The Thames
Crossing the bridge – the first of two Thames crossings today
View from London Bridge
Looking the other way from the bridge – the telecoms tower is visible, we’ll see that a bit closer later
The Monument
The Monument
Monument station
Quick hello to Monument station (21), not counted today
Bank station
Bank station
Rainbow at Bank
76 (revisit). Bank (approx 2.1 miles)
London skyscrapers
Heron tower and its new neighbour
Moorgate station
Moorgate station
Rainbow at Moorgate
123. Moorgate (approx 2.5 miles)
Lowndes House
Architecture. This building was completed in 1929
Old Street sign
Old Street squareabout
Old Street station
Old Street station
Rainbow at Old Street
124. Old Street (approx 3 miles)
Sculpture at Old Street
Old Street doesn’t have a surface building but it has this thing
Pointy building with wonky windows
Pointy building with wonky windows
City Road basin
City Road basin, part of Regents Canal
Building work at City Road
The former site of City Road station, part of this branch of the Northern Line. It closed in 1922.
Love what you do mural
Love what you do
Angel station
Angel station
Rainbow at Angel
125. Angel (approx 4 miles)
The Lexington pub
The Lexington, where I saw Helen Love play once
The road to St Pancras
Heading down towards King’s Cross. St Pancras
St Pancras
St Pancras is enormous
King's Cross
King’s Cross is quite big too
King's Cross St. Pancras station
King’s Cross St. Pancras station
Rainbow at King's Cross St. Pancras
126. King’s Cross St. Pancras (approx 4.9 miles)
Colourful building
A building with some colour
St Pancras hotel
St Pancras hotel
St Pancras hotel
This is, of course, where the Spice Girls filmed the video for Wannabe
The British Library
The British Library
A pub at Euston with railway signs
At some point I’m going to have to visit this pub at Euston
Euston station
Euston station
Rainbow at Euston
127. Euston (approx 5.5 miles)
Trees with knitted bands around them
Some trees near Euston have had these knitted bands put around them to protest the construction of HS2
Euston Square station
Quick wave to Euston Square, not visiting today
Telecoms tower
Telecoms tower
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Warren Street station
Rainbow at Warren Street
128. Warren Street (approx 5.9 miles)
Spearmint Rhino
Peppermint Hippo
Street food on Tottenham Court Road
Street food on Tottenham Court Road
Goodge Street station
Goodge Street station
Rainbow at Goodge Street
129. Goodge Street (approx 6.2 miles)
Dominion Theatre
Dominion Theatre
Tottenham Court Road station
Tottenham Court Road station
Rainbow at Tottenham Court Road
72 (revisit). Tottenham Court Road (approx 6.5 miles)
Buskers outside Tottenham Court Road station
These guys were attracting a crowd, they were pretty good
Phoenix Theatre
Phoenix Theatre
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Foyles bookshop
Molly Moggs
Sad to see Molly Moggs like this, another LGBTQ+ venue lost
Palace Theatre
Couldn’t get a good photo of the Palace Theatre because it’s got hoarding up
Leicester Square station
One of the Leicester Square station buildings, this one is in the red brick Piccadilly style
Leicester Square station
The Northern style Leicester Square station building
Rainbow at Leicester Square
130. Leicester Square ( approx 6.9 miles)
Busy Leicester Square
This part of London is always very busy
Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar Square
The National Gallery
The National Gallery
Charing Cross station
The huge Charing Cross station building
Charing Cross station
Charing Cross station
Rainbow at Charing Cross
131. Charing Cross (approx 7.2 miles)
Villiers Street
Down Villiers Street to Embankment
Embankment station
Embankment station
Rainbow at Embankment
26 (revisit). Embankment (approx 7.3 miles)
Closed Hungerford Bridge
Well that’s inconvenient
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A SouthEastern train at Charing Cross
View from the Hungerford Bridge
I was going to cross the bridge on the other side but it’s closed, the view on this side isn’t bad though
A railway bridge
Since the other side is closed I couldn’t get a good shot but enjoy this lovely scenic visual of the London Eye and Parliament
A bust of Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela’s head
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Royal Festival Hall
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Waterloo station
Rainbow at Waterloo
107 (revisit). Waterloo (8.7 miles)

Final stats – 8.7 miles in 2:46, the total distance is now 126.46 miles.

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Back to the Underground
Rainbow at the pub
..and to the pub

Day 13: Bank to Morden

Lines: Waterloo & City, Northern / Stations: Bank – Waterloo – Kennington – Oval – Stockwell – Clapham North – Clapham Common – Clapham South – Balham – Tooting Bec – Tooting Broadway – Colliers Wood – South Wimbledon – Morden / Time: 3h 30m / Distance: 11.35 miles

Thing at Bank station
The new LU climbing wall

On the last walk the Central Line was completed which means it’s time for a new line, so why not make it two… Today’s route covers the Waterloo & City line (the shortest on the network with just two stations) and the southernmost part of the Northern line.

Bank station
The day’s starting point – Bank
Rainbow at Bank
Revisiting 76. Bank
A central London street
The first section of this walk is in central London, and initially covering some familiar ground.
Mansion House station
A quick hello to Mansion House (23)
Blackfriars Station
And Blackfriars (24)
Blackfriars bridge plaque
After that short re-cover of a small part of day 3’s route, back to this one’s own way and across Blackfriars bridge
Blackfriars bridge plaque
A plaque on Blackfriars bridge
Blackfriars NR station
Blackfriars National Rail station is on the next bridge along
View from Blackfriars Bridge
Looking down the Thames from the bridge

 

Bank was the only station north of the Thames on today’s route, this is the only time that happens as Tube service south of the river is scarce.

Colourful construction hoarding
Colourful construction hoarding
Roupell Street sign
Roupell Street, I’ll leave you to make your own comments about me sashaying away

There’s currently a campaign by the residents of Roupell Street to maintain the historic character and feel of the street, and fight against a more modern development being built right in the middle – http://www.roupellstreet.com/

Cranes
Crane skyline
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Waterloo station
Rainbow at Waterloo
107. Waterloo (approx 1.5 miles)

Thus ends the Waterloo & City line. Onto the Northern…

Fire Station pub
Not a fire station, a pub
The Old Vic theatre
The Old Vic theatre
The side of the London Road depot
You wouldn’t know it, but there’s a Bakerloo line depot over there

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Newington Butts sign
Butts
Kennington station
Kennington station
Rainbow at Kennington
108. Kennington (approx 2.8 miles)
Kennington station
A better view of the station building
Bensons funfair sign
Bensons fair is right there and I can’t go to it
Oval station
Oval station (not oval shaped)
Rainbow at Oval
109. Oval (approx 3.3 miles)
War memorial at Stockwell
War memorial at Stockwell
Stockwell Station
Stockwell Station
Rainbow at Stockwell
110. Stockwell (approx 4.1 miles)
Clapham North station
Clapham North station
Rainbow at Clapham North
111. Clapham North (approx 4.7 miles)
Railway arches
Overground tracks leading to Clapham High Street station
Round building in Clapham
I’m not sure but I think this is one of the surface buildings of a deep-level shelter
Clapham Common station
Clapham Common station
Rainbow at Clapham Common
112. Clapham Common (approx 5.2 miles)
Clapham common
Trees and grass
Clapham common
More trees
Clapham common
There’s a lake too
Clapham common
And another one
Bikes in Clapham
I guess a lot of people cycle in Clapham
Clapham South station
Clapham South station
Rainbow at Clapham South
113. Clapham South (approx 6 miles)
Adventure Island sign
Helpful directions to a theme park several miles away (it was actually for an ice cream restaurant which is called Adventure Island for some reason)
Balham
Balham has two identical station buildings
Balham station
Balham station
Rainbow at Balham
114. Balham (approx 6.7 miles)
Tooting Bec station
All the stations at this end look fairly similar
Tooting Bec station
Tooting Bec station
Rainbow at Tooting Bec
115. Tooting Bec (approx 7.3 miles)
Tooting market
Tooting market
Tooting Broadway station
Tooting Broadway station
Rainbow at Tooting Broadway
116. Tooting Broadway (approx 8 miles)
National rail tracks
National rail tracks heading towards Tooting
Colliers Wood station
Colliers Wood station
Rainbow at Colliers Wood
117. Colliers Wood (approx 8.8 miles)
Charles Holden pub
The Charles Holden pub, named after the architect who designed several Underground stations
River Wandle
River Wandle
Merton bus garage
There’s a bus garage here too
Nelson Arms pub
I like the design of this pub, it reminds me of the red brick stations in central London
South Wimbledon station
South Wimbledon station
Rainbow at South Wimbledon
118. South Wimbledon (approx 9.5 miles)
Tram tracks
When you see a tram track you know you’re too far south
Morden station
Morden station
Rainbow at Morden
119. Morden (11.35 miles)

So that’s the southern end of the Northern line complete, and the southernmost point of the Tube network done. It was 11.35 miles in total, over 3 hours and 30 minutes, making the total distance covered so far 118.76 miles. We’re sticking with the Northern line for a while now – next time will cover the central London sections on both branches.

Rainbow at Morden
End of the line