Day 23: Chesham to Moor Park

Lines: Metropolitan / Stations: Chesham – Amersham – Chalfont & Latimer – Chorleywood – Rickmansworth – Moor Park / Time: 4h 11m / Distance: 12.84 miles

S8 Stock headed for Chesham
Off to Chesham

It’s the furthest tube station from my house, it took nearly three hours to get there (and four months of postponing it because other things in life got in the way) but I finally made it to Chesham to walk the far end of the Metropolitan line.

Chesham station
Chesham with its station garden
Rainbow at Chesham
211. Chesham

Chesham is at the end of a single track branch line that runs from Chalfont & Latimer, while the other branch goes to Amersham. I’m walking from Chesham straight over to Amersham and then along that branch to Chalfont, ticking both off.

Station garden at Chesham
Chesham’s garden from the other angle
Footpath
All along this route there are lots of mystery footpath spurs that I didn’t get a chance to explore
Flowers in Chesham
And various flower displays
Chesham / Friedrichsdorf mural
Chesham is twinned with Friedrichsdorf in Germany
Chesham Bois sign
“Hey gurl, we were wondering where you started walking today” “Chesham, bois”
A Mario mushroom
Mushroom
Wood carvings in the shape of hands
These wood carvings are stools to sit on, or the entrance to this footpath, or both
Amersham sign
Hey, it’s Amersham
Flower display in Amersham
Another flower display. Poor old Monica Breadmore, fancy being given the mayorship at a year old. It was the stress of the job what saw her off.
Amersham station
Amersham station
Rainbow at Amersham
212. Amersham (approx 2.3 miles)
Amersham station with an S8 Stock train
Looking east from Amersham
West from Amersham
Looking west from Amersham. The line goes into a pair of reversing sidings for Met line trains to use, and the National Rail line continues towards Aylesbury
An abandoned pub
Abandoned pubs of Chalfont & Latimer
D Stock Rail Adhesion Train
Got into the station just in time to see the Rail Adhesion Train that has been made up from a couple of old D Stock units
Chalfont & Latimer station
Chalfont and Latimer – is it ‘and’ or ‘&’ though?
Chalfont & Latimer station
Chalfont & Latimer station
Rainbow at Chalfont & Latimer
213. Chalfont & Latimer (approx 4.8 miles)
Dirt track path alongside the road
Dirt tracks instead of pavements around here
Sky, trees and fields
It’s very picturesque though
Hertfordshire sign
Crossing into Hertfordshire
Sky and trees
More picturesque views
Railway tracks
Railway tracks – the Metropolitan line and Chiltern National Rail
Chorleywood station
Chorleywood station
Rainbow at Chorleywood
214. Chorleywood (approx 7.6 miles)
Chorleywood station
Chorleywood station
An old signal cabin at Chorleywood
An old signal cabin at Chorleywood
Underneath the M25
Underneath the M25
Rickmansworth station
Rickmansworth station
Rainbow at Rickmansworth
215. Rickmansworth (approx 10.1 miles)
Rickmansworth history sign
Rickmansworth station history, detailing Metroland
Chiltern class 165 at Rickmansworth
Chiltern class 165 at Rickmansworth
Rickmansworth high street
Rickmansworth high street
River
Where River Chess meets River Colne
River
Another section of the river separated by locks
Moor Park station
Moor Park station
Rainbow at Moor Park
216. Moor Park (12.84 miles)

That’s the end of today’s walk, at 12.84 miles in 4 hours 11 minutes. It was a long one despite only having six visited stations, they’re quite far apart up here. So that makes the overall total now 221.86 miles.

Next time I’m back up in Metroland, this time for the Watford branch. It’ll be another long one, but hopefully I won’t wait four months for that one!

Rainbow at Moor Park
See you next time!
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Day 22: King’s Cross St. Pancras to Hammersmith

Lines: Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan / Stations: King’s Cross St. Pancras – Euston Square – Great Portland Street – Baker Street – Edgware Road – Paddington – Royal Oak – Westbourne Park – Ladbroke Grove – Latimer Road – Wood Lane – Shepherd’s Bush Market – Goldhawk Road – Hammersmith / Time: 3h 09m / Distance: 9.83 miles

Rainbow at King's Cross St. Pancras
Back at 126. King’s Cross St. Pancras for the 4th time in this series to start today’s walk

The plan today is to pick up the Circle/H&C/Met at King’s Cross and head west. The Met goes off to the north west at Baker Street, and the other two lines continue down to Hammersmith.

St Pancras Renaissance Hotel
It’s that big fancy hotel again
British Library
The British Library in the pouring rain

The weather was absolutely terrible to start with. The forecast said it would be dry, but I got caught in a heavy shower. Once it cleared, though, it was a fairly pleasant (but cold) day.

Euston station
Euston is over there
Euston station
But it doesn’t count today
Euston Square station
Euston Square does, though. The main entrance is across the road from where I was
Euston Square station
This entrance to Euston Square is just as good and will count just as much
Rainbow at Euston Square
199. Euston Square (approx 0.8 miles)

Over the total series, this is my 200 mile point.

Warren Street station
Across the road to Warren Street, another station that doesn’t count today

This section of Euston Road was part of my Northern Line walk, which took in Euston and Warren Street (but didn’t count Euston Square), and I’ll be back here again for the Victoria Line.

Great Portland Street station
Great Portland Street station
Great Portland Street station
Great Portland Street station
Rainbow at Great Portland Street
200. Great Portland Street (approx 1.2 miles)
Regent's Park
Regent’s Park, and suddenly a clear blue sky
Regent's Park station
Regent’s Park station, I’ll be back here for the Bakerloo
Rainbow at Regent's Park
It doesn’t count today but it should become station 270, and signify the final stretch of the final walk
Harley Street
Harley Street
Charles Dickens sculpture panel
A Charles Dickens sculpture panel indicating the site where he wrote some of his books
Madame Tussauds
Don’t go to Madame Tussauds during half term
Madame Tussauds
Madame Tussauds
Baker Street station
Baker Street station
Rainbow at Baker Street
201. Baker Street (approx 1.8 miles)
Marylebone station
You can’t really tell, but that building at the end of the road is Marylebone station
Westminster Magistrates Court
Westminster Magistrates Court

Earlier in the day there had been a demo against transphobic violence (and in favour of it, from the other side) but everyone had gone by the time I walked past.

Artwork along the side of Edgware Road station
Artwork along the side of Edgware Road station
Edgware Road station
Edgware Road station
Rainbow at Edgware Road
39 (revisit). Edgware Road (approx 2.3 miles)

This is the Circle/District/H&C Edgware Road, the Bakerloo one is separate and I’ll come to that on a future walk. Also in today’s walk, Paddington (Circle/H&C) which is a new counted station separate to Paddington (Circle/District/Bakerloo) which I’ve already been to, and the same with Hammersmith (Circle/H&C) as opposed to Hammersmith (District/Piccadilly) which I’ve done.

The site where Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin
The site where Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin
Paddington station
Paddington – the roundel is an entrance to one of the Paddington Underground stations but not the one I’m counting today
Paddington station
To get to the one I need I have to go through here
A new GWR class 800 at Paddington
A new GWR class 800 at Paddington
Paddington station
Paddington station
Rainbow at Paddington
202. Paddington (approx 2.8 miles)
Paddington station building
Paddington station building
Grand Union Canal with colourful boats
Grand Union Canal with colourful boats
Paddington bear statue
A bear
Public table tennis tables in Paddington
Public table tennis tables
Royal Oak station
Royal Oak station
Rainbow at Royal Oak
203. Royal Oak (approx 3.8 miles)
Bridge at Royal Oak
The bridge Royal Oak is on, across the Great Western main line
Westbourne Park station
Westbourne Park station
Rainbow at Westbourne Park
204. Westbourne Park (approx 4.5 miles)
Portobello Road
Portobello Road
Love For Grenfell artwork
Love For Grenfell artwork
Ladbroke Grove station
Ladbroke Grove station
Rainbow at Ladbroke Grove
205. Ladbroke Grove (approx 5.1 miles)

The next photo shows Grenfell Tower. I wasn’t sure how to do this, obviously it’s not a tourist attraction and shouldn’t be gawked at, but I wanted to take a picture of the memorial site and it’s there, looming over the whole area, I feel like it would have been wrong of me to not include it at all. One key purpose of this whole venture is to document the things that exist at street level across the tube network, and this is clearly a point of interest.

Grenfell memorial

The routes of these walks were planned in spring 2017, before the fire. This should have been a footpath link next to a normal, everyday tower block that I wouldn’t have given a second thought. Instead, it stands there as a monument to the injustice of austerity, a reminder that this is what Kensington & Chelsea council, the richest borough in the country, think of the poor who live in the area – the insult that their lives were worth less than some cladding. And it reminds us of the failure of wider government, with many of the survivors still waiting for appropriate housing, all these months later.

Seeing the tower in person stirs up a lot of emotions. An intense grief and sadness for those who were killed and those who survived but lost everything. An intense anger at the people and organisations who let this happen. An intense love for everyone who suffered as a result of that fire and who fights for justice now, and an intense hunger for that justice to be found.

Justice 4 Grenfell banner
Justice 4 Grenfell banner
Latimer Road station
Latimer Road station
Rainbow at Latimer Road
206. Latimer Road (approx 5.6 miles)
Westfield London
Westfield London

Google Maps gave me a route that doesn’t exist, around the top of Westfield, so I ended up having to go all the way to the bottom end and through the actual centre, which added a lot of distance to my journey, so I have no idea what the approximate distances at each station would be from here on.

Overground track by Westfield
Overground track by Westfield
Wood Lane station
Wood Lane station
Rainbow at Wood Lane
207. Wood Lane
Television Centre
Television Centre
Shepherd's Bush Green
Shepherd’s Bush Green
Shepherd's Bush Market station
Shepherd’s Bush Market station
Rainbow at Shepherd's Bush Market
208. Shepherd’s Bush Market
Shepherd's Bush Market
Shepherd’s Bush Market
Fozen fish sign
For all your fozen fish needs, such as mackerl and shiramp
Goldhawk Road roundel
Goldhawk Road joins Mile End and Acton Town as a station with a personalised roundel on the outside of the building
Goldhawk Road station
Goldhawk Road station
Rainbow at Goldhawk Road
209. Goldhawk Road
Shepherd's Bush bus garage
Shepherd’s Bush bus garage
The back of Hammersmith depot
The back of Hammersmith depot
Hammersmith station
Hammersmith station
Rainbow at Hammersmith
210. Hammersmith (9.83 miles)

It was originally planned at 7.5 miles but finished substantially over the estimate, which is mostly because of the extra bit at Westfield. The total for the day was 9.83 miles in 3 hours and 9 minutes, bringing the overall total to 209.02 miles.

Next time will be the top end of the Metropolitan line and I hope I get a lovely spring day for it, I hear it’s rather picturesque.

Rainbow at Hammersmith
Join me for that one soon!

Day 21: South Kensington to Aldgate East

Lines: Piccadilly, Metropolitan, Circle, Hammersmith & City / Stations: South Kensington – Knightsbridge – Hyde Park Corner – Green Park – Piccadilly Circus – Leicester Square – Covent Garden – Holborn – Russell Square – King’s Cross St. Pancras – Farringdon – Barbican – Moorgate – Liverpool Street – Aldgate – Aldgate East / Time: 3h 09m / Distance: 8.84 miles

South Kensington station
The final chapter of the Piccadilly line, South Kensington to King’s Cross

Today I finally finish off the Picc and move on to the Circle/Met/H&C in central London.

Rainbow at South Kensington
31 (revisit). South Kensington

This is my second visit to South Kensington having passed during Day 3’s walk. I’m heading up to King’s Cross (via two disused stations) then back down to Farringdon and along to Aldgate East.

South Kensington
The other side of South Kensington with its weird half buildings
Lidstone & Co Butchers
I assume that was a butcher at some point in history
South Kensington subway entrance
South Kensington has various entrances along a subway that serves the nearby museums
Victoria & Albert Museum
Victoria & Albert Museum
Brompton Road disused station
Brompton Road disused station

Brompton Road closed in 1934 but the Leslie Green surface building still stands. The station was used as the anti-aircraft command centre in World War 2 and is now expected to be turned into residential properties at some stage.

Rainbow at Brompton Road
But it doesn’t count towards the visited total
Harrods
Harrods
A tunnel with colourful lights
A tunnel with colourful lights
Knightsbridge station
Knightsbridge station
Rainbow at Knightsbridge
190. Knightsbridge (approx 0.8 miles)
A construction site with a painted scrim
A very convincing false front
Pride bike
Pride bike
Former Hyde Park Corner station building
The original Hyde Park Corner building, closed when the installation of escalators necessitated moving the station entrance
Hyde Park Corner station
Hyde Park Corner is down this hole
Hyde Park Corner station
The station entrance at Hyde Park Corner
Rainbow at Hyde Park Corner
191. Hyde Park Corner (approx 1.1 miles)
Wellington Arch
Wellington Arch
Some beam things on the Hyde Park corner roundabout
Some beam things on the Hyde Park corner roundabout
Down Street disused station
Down Street (closed 1932)

Down Street is a fairly famous disused station because it was Churchill’s war bunker.

Rainbow at Down Street
It also doesn’t count
Green Park station
Green Park station
Rainbow at Green Park
192. Green Park (approx 1.6 miles)
The Ritz
The Ritz, a place for people who have too much money
Piccadilly Circus entrance
Piccadilly Circus doesn’t have a surface building
Rainbow at Piccadilly Circus
193. Piccadilly Circus (approx 2 miles)
Eros statue
Eros statue
Piccadilly Circus advertising board
Piccadilly Circus advertising board
Criterion Theatre
Criterion Theatre
Towards Leicester Square
Towards Leicester Square
Horse statue
Some horses
Trocadero
The Trocadero was an aspiring tourist attraction in the 90s, now it’s a tacky gift shop
Prince of Wales Theatre
Prince of Wales Theatre
M&Ms World
M&Ms World on the former Swiss Exchange site, the Swiss clock and flag tree still stand in front
Side street next to M&Ms World
In the late 90s/early 00s, there was a small studio down this side street attached to the Swiss building, where MTV Select broadcast from
Leicester Square
Leicester Square
Leicester Square station
An entrance to Leicester Square station next to Wyndham’s Theatre
Leicester Square station building
Leicester Square station building
Leicester Square station entrance
Leicester Square station entrance
Rainbow at Leicester Square
130 (revisit). Leicester Square (approx 2.3 miles)
Covent Garden station
Covent Garden station
Rainbow at Covent Garden
194. Covent Garden (approx 2.5 miles)
A cart at Covent Garden
A cart at Covent Garden
Holborn station
Holborn station
Rainbow at Holborn
73 (revisit). Holborn (approx 2.9 miles)
Russell Square
Russell Square
Russell Square station
Russell Square station
Russell Square station
The station name built into the tilework
Russell Square station
The more modern blue station nameplate
Rainbow at Russell Square
195. Russell Square (approx 3.4 miles)
Brunswick Centre shopping area
Brunswick Centre shopping area
St Pancras Renaissance Hotel
St Pancras Renaissance Hotel
King's Cross St. Pancras station entrance
King’s Cross St. Pancras station entrance
Rainbow at King's Cross St. Pancras
126 (revisit). King’s Cross St. Pancras (approx 4.3 miles)

There ends the Piccadilly line.

King's Cross Pentonville Road entrance
King’s Cross Pentonville Road entrance that nobody uses
A cobbled street
A cobbled street
Royal Mail's Mount Pleasant
Royal Mail’s Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant is home to the Postal Museum, and the access point to Mail Rail, an underground railway that ran from Paddington to Whitechapel for moving post around London.

Crossrail signs at Farringdon
Crossrail signs at Farringdon
Farringdon National Rail entrance
Farringdon National Rail entrance
Farringdon Underground entrance
Farringdon Underground entrance with Farringdon & High Holborn sign
Rainbow at Farringdon
196. Farringdon (approx 5.6 miles)
Part of Smithfield Market
Part of Smithfield Market
Charterhouse
Charterhouse
Barbican station
Barbican station
Rainbow at Barbican
197. Barbican (approx 6 miles)
Barbican High Walk
Barbican has this raised pedestrian area nearby, which is nice enough but a pain to navigate
Moorgate station
Moorgate station
Moorgate station
The other side of Moorgate station
Rainbow at Moorgate
123 (revisit). Moorgate (approx 6.6 miles)
Liverpool Street National Rail station
Liverpool Street National Rail station
Liverpool Street Underground station
Liverpool Street Underground station
Rainbow at Liverpool Street
77 (revisit). Liverpool Street (approx 7 miles)
The Arcade shopping area
The Arcade shopping area
Aldgate station
Aldgate station
Rainbow at Aldgate
198. Aldgate (approx 7.4 miles but actually probably closer to 8.6)

Aldgate counts for the Circle and Metropolitan lines today, but I’m finishing one stop up at Aldgate East to tick off the corner of the Hammersmith & City line from Liverpool Street as well.

Aldgate East station
Aldgate East station
Rainbow at Aldgate East
19 (revisit). Aldgate East (8.84 miles)

And with that, this end of the Circle/Met/H&C is done and so is my walk for the day. The distance was 8.84 miles in 3 hours and 9 minutes, and brings the total up to 199.19 miles.

Next time I’ll be passing the 200 mile point and the 200 stations point, as I walk from King’s Cross the other way heading for Hammersmith.

Rainbow at Aldgate East
See you next time!

Day 20: Ruislip Manor to Ealing Common

Lines: Piccadilly, Metropolitan / Stations: Ruislip Manor – Eastcote – Rayners Lane – South Harrow – Sudbury Hill – Sudbury Town – Alperton – Park Royal – North Ealing – Ealing Common / Time: 3h 15m / Distance: 10.02 miles

Rainbow at Ruislip Manor
Feels like I’ve been here before

This time I’m finishing off the western section of the Piccadilly Line and also ticking off a small bit of the Met between Ruislip Manor and Rayners Lane.

Rainbow at Ruislip Manor
Today’s walk kicks off at 181 (revisit). Ruislip Manor
Dead trees
Some trees that will probably look better in a couple of months’ time
Eastcote station
Eastcote station
Eastcote station
Slightly closer to Eastcote station building
Rainbow at Eastcote
182. Eastcote (approx 0.8 miles)
Welcome to Harrow sign
Oh, Harrow there
A brook in Harrow
Yeading Brook
Rayners Lane sign
Are the locals here called Rayners Laners?
Rayners Lane station building
Rayners Lane station building
Rayners Lane station building
Rayners Lane station building
Rainbow at Rayners Lane
183. Rayners Lane (approx 2.2 miles)
S8 Stock train
A Metropolitan line S8 pulling in to Rayners Lane
Railway junction
The convergence of the Piccadilly and Metropolitan lines
1973 stock train
A Piccadilly 1973 stock looking blurry
Railway junction
Looking back towards the junction
Some steps and a view of the urban landscape
Quite high up
Railway arches
Arches
Mechanics in railway arches
Railway arches always have mechanics in them, don’t they?
A footpath alongside the railway
A footpath alongside the railway
South Harrow market
Market market market
South Harrow station
South Harrow station
Rainbow at South Harrow
184. South Harrow (approx 3.5 miles)
South Harrow bus station
South Harrow bus station
South Hill estate
This is a public right of way but they make it look like it isn’t
South Hill estate
It’s a weird little pocket of London, very calm and quiet, and there are no pavements
Sudbury Hill Harrow National Rail station
Sudbury Hill Harrow National Rail station
Sudbury Hill Harrow National Rail station
Sudbury Hill Harrow National Rail station
Sudbury Hill station
Sudbury Hill station
Rainbow at Sudbury Hill
185. Sudbury Hill (approx 4.6 miles)
Sudbury Hill bridge
Sudbury Hill’s fancy bridge
Ealing parks sign
I didn’t even know I had
Roadworks
Sounds like a challenge to me (it wasn’t, I just strolled straight through)
Piccadilly line
The Piccadilly line, looking towards Sudbury Town
Sudbury Town station
Sudbury Town station
Rainbow at Sudbury Town
186. Sudbury Town (approx 5.7 miles)
Bridge at Sudbury Town
Crossing the bridge next to the station
Alperton bus garage
Alperton bus garage
Alperton station
Alperton station
Rainbow at Alperton
187. Alperton (approx 6.9 miles)
The Boat pub
Pubs of Alperton
Grand Union Canal
Grand Union Canal
The Plough closed down pub
Abandoned pubs of Alperton
River Brent
River Brent
Ealing sign
This route has been switching between Brent, Harrow and Ealing the whole way
Central line
The Central line making an appearance
Hanger Lane station
A quick nod to Hanger Lane station
Rainbow at Hanger Lane
Hanger Lane doesn’t count today but it was the 100th station I visited on these walks and I was, coincidentally, wearing the same t-shirt as I am today
Park Royal station
Park Royal station
Rainbow at Park Royal
188. Park Royal (approx 8.2 miles)
Crest on a bridge by Park Royal
This is the Essex crest isn’t it? What’s it doing all the way over here?
Alley next to the railway
An alleyway alongside the railway, these are much more interesting than busy main roads
Piccadilly line
The Piccadilly line looking towards North Ealing
North Ealing station
North Ealing station, very different architecture to the rest of the line on this walk
Rainbow at North Ealing
188. North Ealing (approx 9.1 miles)
Bridge with red and green tiles
This bridge has green and red tiles, probably signifying the District and Central lines running from nearby Ealing Broadway station (unless it’s a complete coincidence, which it might be). It only goes over the District though.
District line
District line
Central line and National Rail
The Central line approaching Ealing Broadway goes under the next bridge along, next to the National Rail tracks
A train shaped sign/sculpture thing
A train shaped sign/sculpture thing
Junction at Ealing common
Ealing Common, last time I was here there was a fair on it that I couldn’t go to because I was busy walking
Ealing Common station
Ealing Common station
Rainbow at Ealing Common
59 (revisit). Ealing Common (10.02 miles)
Rainbow at Ealing Common
On the platform at Ealing Common

The total distance today was 10.02 miles in 3 hours 15 minutes, bringing the total distance walked up to 190.35 miles. Next time I’ll finally finish the Piccadilly line, completing the section in zone 1 between South Kensington and King’s Cross, as well as a bit of the H&C/Circle/Met from King’s Cross onwards.

S7 at Ealing Common
Time to go home!

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!

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.