Day 27: Waterloo to Stratford

Lines: Jubilee / Stations: Waterloo – Southwark – London Bridge – Bermondsey – Canada Water – Canary Wharf – North Greenwich – Canning Town – West Ham – Stratford / Time: 5h 06m / Distance: 14.08 miles

Waterloo station
Waterloo, again

This is a long one! Starting back here at Waterloo, my 4th visit of the series to this station, and heading east along the Jubilee line. I’ll be crossing the Thames three times through various means on the way up to Stratford, the eastern terminus of the line.

Rainbow at Waterloo
107 (revisit). Waterloo
Flags at the Young Vic theatre
The Young Vic has the right idea
Greet Street
Rhyming road names
Southwark station and Palestra
Southwark station with TfL’s Palestra building

Palestra is TfL’s main operational base, housing London Underground’s Control Centre among various other exciting things

Southwark station
Southwark station is designed in this way to allow a building to be constructed on top of it, if anyone ever decides they want to do that
Rainbow at Southwark
240. Southwark (approx 0.4 miles)
The Shard
The Shard, which is the tallest building in the UK
London Fire Brigade HQ
London Fire Brigade HQ
A South Eastern train crossing over the bridge above
A South Eastern train crossing over the bridge above
A mask on a wall
A mask on a wall
A bit of Borough Market
A bit of Borough Market
The Shard
The Shard again
A bit of Borough Market
Another bit of Borough Market
The Borough High Street entrance to London Bridge station
The Borough High Street entrance to London Bridge station
A teleport button
I considered pressing it but thought I better not
London Bridge station
London Bridge station
Rainbow at London Bridge
122 (revisit). London Bridge (approx 1.3 miles)
London Tombs
London Tombs
The new entrance to London Bridge National Rail
The new entrance to London Bridge National Rail
The new entrance to London Bridge National Rail
It’s enormous
The new entrance to London Bridge National Rail
This almost shows the scale of it
City Hall
City Hall
Tower Bridge and a pub
Tower Bridge and a pub
A church in Bermondsey
A church in Bermondsey
Jamaica Road
“Hey, I’ve built a new route to get through Bermondsey quickly!” “Jamaica Road?” “I did!”
Bermondsey station building`
Bermondsey station building
Bermondsey station
Bermondsey station
Rainbow at Bermondsey
241. Bermondsey (approx 2.5 miles)
Southwark Park
Southwark Park
Canada Water Library
One entrance to Canada Water station, also a library and a theatre
Canada Water station building
Another entrance to Canada Water station
Canada Water entrance
Canada Water entrance
Canada Water entrance
Canada Water entrance
Rainbow at Canada Water
242. Canada Water (approx 3.3 miles)
An old gasometer
An old gasometer
Surrey Water
Surrey Water
Mills & Knight building, Nelson Dock
Mills & Knight was a shipbuilding company, part of the huge water-based trade industry in the Docklands area that allowed London to grow

Now, this is the first part where I have to cross the river. There are no bridges east of Tower Bridge until you get to the QE2 bridge in Thurrock, so that means having to find alternative ways of getting across. I’m allowing myself to cheat a little bit here, because the walking routes from Canada Water to Canary Wharf and from North Greenwich to Canning Town are ridiculous, and the other options are fun anyway.

Hilton Doubletree hotel
So let’s go find the boat – the pier is through here
Boat
Boat
Canary Wharf skyline
Across the river to Canary Wharf
On the boat
On the boat
Rainbow on the boat
I was one of only two passengers
Canary Wharf pier
Canary Wharf pier
Looking back towards central London
Looking back towards central London
Canary Wharf pier
Canary Wharf pier
1 Canada Square tower
The famous tower at 1 Canada Square, formerly the tallest building in the UK, now second to the Shard
An open space in the Canary Wharf area
An open space in the Canary Wharf area
Fountain
Fountain
Canary Wharf DLR
Canary Wharf DLR, but I’m not doing the DLR… yet
Thomson Reuters building
Thomson Reuters building
Canary Wharf station
Canary Wharf station
Rainbow at Canary Wharf
243. Canary Wharf (approx 5.2 miles)
1 Canada Square
1 Canada Square
Vintage food vans
An area with several vintage vans selling various foods
South Quay DLR
South Quay DLR
Millwall Inner Dock
Millwall Inner Dock
Bridge at Millwall docks
Crossing the bridge
Millwall Outer Dock
Millwall Outer Dock
Millwall Outer Dock
Millwall Outer Dock with an info board
Mudchute DLR
Mudchute DLR, one of the best station names in London, up there with Cockfosters
Millwall Park
Millwall Park
Disused railway arches
This would have once been part of the Millwall Extension branch of the London and Blackwall railway
Island Gardens DLR
Island Gardens DLR
Across the Thames to Greenwich
Across the Thames to Greenwich
Entrance to Greenwich Foot Tunnel
Entrance to Greenwich Foot Tunnel
Greenwich Foot Tunnel
In the tunnel
Greenwich Foot Tunnel war damage repair plaque
A plaque detailing the damage to the tunnel in the war in 1940 and how it was repaired
Lift closure notice
The lift, luckily, was not in fact closed
Greenwich Foot Tunnel
South entrance to the foot tunnel
Looking back across to the Isle of Dogs
Looking back across to the Isle of Dogs
The Cutty Sark
The Cutty Sark
The Cutty Sark
The Cutty Sark
Thames riverside
Walking along the riverside
Old Royal Naval College
Old Royal Naval College
Old Royal Naval College
It must have been some sort of graduation day, there were lots of people in cloaks and mortar boards
Swan
Swan

At this point I took a slight detour from the route to visit the location where the filming of Billie Piper’s 1998 single Because We Want To took place, because why not.

Caradoc Street, Greenwich
Caradoc Street, Greenwich
Rainbow at Caradoc Street, Greenwich
Why you gotta detour from your route? Because we want to, because we want to!

You can see Billie’s video by clicking here, if you want to.

Thames riverside
Back to the walk, and up this side of the Thames
A burnt-out moped
A burnt-out moped
Blackwall Tunnel approach
Blackwall Tunnel approach
The o2 dome
The o2 dome
An inverted pylon
An inverted pylon
North Greenwich station
North Greenwich station
North Greenwich station
Inside North Greenwich station
Rainbow at North Greenwich
244. North Greenwich (approx 9 miles)
The o2 dome
The o2 dome
Buildings in North Greenwich
The potential site of a new entrance to North Greenwich station at some point down the line, and TfL’s Pier Walk building
Colourful floor and walls
Colourful floor and walls

So I’ve been on a boat and through a tunnel, I need a different way to get across the river for the third and final time on this walk. To the dangleway!

Emirates Air Line Greenwich Peninsula station
Emirates Air Line Greenwich Peninsula station
Rainbow at Emirates Greenwich Peninsula
Dangleway
Entry gates
Entry gates
Cable car car
Cable car car
Looking over to Excel and London City Airport
Looking over to Excel and London City Airport
Looking towards the dome and the Isle of Dogs
Looking towards the dome and the Isle of Dogs
Rainbow on the dangleway
Dangling
North bank of the Thames
North bank of the Thames
Back across the Dangleway
Back across the Dangleway
Emirates exit
Emirates exit
DLR tracks
DLR tracks
Jubilee line structure
This structure is where the Jubilee line emerges from underground
Canning Town bus station
Canning Town bus station
Canning Town station
Canning Town station
Rainbow at Canning Town
245. Canning Town (approx 10 miles)

The approximate distances are always slightly adrift but I think today they’re especially skewed because of the boat and the dangleway, and the excursion in Greenwich. By this point it’s probably about two miles off how far I’d actually gone.

A truck on top of a building
A truck on top of a building
Star Lane DLR
Star Lane DLR
DLR train at Star Lane
DLR B2K stock train at Star Lane
Jubilee 1996 stock train
Jubilee 1996 stock train
DLR train at West Ham
DLR B90 stock train at West Ham
West Ham station
West Ham station
Rainbow at West Ham
13 (revisit). West Ham (approx 11 miles but more like 13)
Stratford Market Depot
Stratford Market Depot, where Jubilee line trains live
Stratford High Street DLR
Stratford High Street DLR
Stratford buildings
Stratford buildings
Stratford station
Stratford station
Rainbow at Stratford
79 (revisit). Stratford (14.08 miles)

And that’s the end of that. Sorry that it was such a long one today but there was a lot to see! It totalled 14.08 miles in 5:06, so that’s the longest walk of the series so far but included those other bits, so the actual amount walked was a bit less. I’m going to record it as 14.08 though, so that makes the overall total 269.94 miles.

Stratford station
Stratford station Jubilee line concourse

With the Jubilee line complete there are only two left, the Victoria and Bakerloo, so next time I’ll get started on those, and I hope you’ll be back for that one!

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Day 26: Wembley Park to Waterloo

Lines: Metropolitan, Jubilee / Stations: Wembley Park – Neasden – Dollis Hill – Willesden Green – Kilburn – West Hampstead – Finchley Road – Swiss Cottage – St John’s Wood – Baker Street – Bond Street – Green Park – Westminster – Waterloo / Time: 4h 11m / Distance: 11.79 miles

Rainbow on a train
Back on the Met again, with a delicious chicken and bacon wrap

Today I’m finishing the Metropolitan line and grabbing some more of the Jubilee, starting at Wembley Park and heading south to Waterloo.

Wembley Park station
Wembley Park station
Rainbow at Wembley Park
227 (revisit). Wembley Park
Wembley Stadium
This is as close as I’m getting to Wembley Stadium
Clear blue sky over the railway
It’s a beautiful day for a Tube Walk
Chalkhill Park
Later I’ll be in zone 1 but for now let’s enjoy the green spaces in zone 4
A footpath
A footpath
River Brent
There’s a nice stream too (River Brent)
Tree surrounded by brown leaves
And this autumnal scene
Neasden Depot
Neasden Depot

Neasden depot is London Underground’s biggest depot, and is the main storage/service facility for the Met’s S8 stock trains. It can also service S7s, the stock used on the District, Circle and H&C. There used to be a number of Jubilee line 1996 stock based here as well but I think they’ve moved to Stratford Market Depot now.

North Circular Road
The calm tranquility is past us, here’s the North Circular
Dummy section switches
Some dummy section switches behind Neasden station

Section switches are used to isolate small sections of track from traction current, so rather than a long stretch being turned off, a smaller part can be off allowing trains to move in other parts of the same area to clear an incident faster.

Dummy track at Neasden
Dummy track at Neasden
Neasden station
Neasden station
Neasden station
Neasden station
Rainbow at Neasden
232. Neasden (approx 1.8 miles)
Metropolitan and Jubilee lines and Chiltern National Rail
Metropolitan and Jubilee lines and Chiltern National Rail
Rainbow Cafe
I was very tempted to stop for lunch
Dollis Hill station
Dollis Hill station
Rainbow at Dollis Hill
233. Dollis Hill (approx 2.4 miles)
Willesden Green station
Willesden Green station
Willesden Green station
Willesden Green station
Rainbow at Willesden Green
234. Willesden Green (approx 3.2 miles)
A cat mural
A cat mural
Railway bridges
Railway bridges
Metropolitan Railway 1914 bridge
Metropolitan Railway 1914 bridge
Kilburn station
Kilburn station
Rainbow at Kilburn
235. Kilburn (approx 4 miles)
Kilburn wall art
Artwork on the wall opposite the station
Shoot Up Hill, Kilburn
For all your local drug use / gunfight needs
A green space with a clear bright blue sky
Did I mention how nice it is today?

Now we’ve arrived at the West Hampstead trinity – three very separate and distinct stations, forming one West Hampstead station.

West Hampstead Thameslink
West Hampstead Thameslink
West Hampstead Overground
West Hampstead Overground
West Hampstead Underground
West Hampstead Underground
Rainbow at West Hampstead
236. West Hampstead (approx 4.7 miles)
Finchley Road station
Finchley Road station
Rainbow at Finchley Road
237. Finchley Road (approx 5.3 miles)

From here, Chiltern goes off to Marylebone and the Met and Jubilee follow more or less the same route down to Baker Street. There are a couple of disused Met stations, closed in 1939 when the Stanmore branch of the Bakerloo line opened with new stations in the same area, now part of today’s Jubilee line.

Ye Olde Swiss Cottage pub
Ye Olde Swiss Cottage
Swiss Cottage station
Swiss Cottage station
Swiss Cottage station
Swiss Cottage station
Rainbow at Swiss Cottage
238. Swiss Cottage (approx 5.7 miles)
Former Malborough Road station building
Former Malborough Road station building
Former Malborough Road station building
Former Malborough Road station building
St John's Wood station
St John’s Wood station
St John's Wood station
St John’s Wood station
Rainbow at St John's Wood
239. St John’s Wood (approx 6.3 miles)
Lords Cricket Ground
Allegedly that’s Lords Cricket Ground behind the wall.
Former site of Lords station
This hotel occupies the site of another disused Metropolitan line station, originally named St John’s Wood and briefly renamed Lords just before its closure
A statue of St George
A statue of St George
Canal
Canal
Sherlock Holmes museum
Sherlock Holmes museum
Beatles shop
Beatles shop – the famous Abbey Road zebra crossing location is in this area
Baker Street station
Baker Street station
Rainbow at Baker Street
201 (revisit). Baker Street (approx 7.5 miles)
London Underground Lost Property Office
LU’s Lost Property Office, underneath which is a huge vault holding everything that gets lost on London’s transport network
The front of Baker Street station
The front of Baker Street station
Busy Baker Street
On arrival in zone 1 it’s instantly very very busy
Large glass building frontage
A thing on Baker Street
Chess shop
A shop with chess sets outside
Bond Street station
Bond Street with Oxford Street’s Christmas decorations
Bond Street station
Bond Street station
Rainbow at Bond Street
70 (revisit). Bond Street (approx 8.4 miles)
Berkeley Square
Berkeley Square in the Mayfair area looking a bit brown
Green Park station
Green Park station
Rainbow at Green Park
192 (revisit). Green Park (approx 9.1 miles)
The Ritz
The Ritz

 

People enjoying the sun in Green Park
People enjoying the sun in Green Park
Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace
The Mall
The Mall, I have no idea what the Dutch flags are about
St James's Park
St James’s Park
Geese in St James's Park
Geese in St James’s Park
Across the park to the London Eye
Across the park to the London Eye
Across the park to Buckingham Palace
And the other way, to Buckingham Palace
LU head office building
Quick wave to LU head office at 55 Broadway
A discarded placard
A placard
Big Ben with scaffolding
Big Ben is still ruining tourists’ holiday photos
Westminster station
Westminster station
Rainbow at Westminster
27 (revisit). Westminster (approx 10.1 miles, but it was definitely more)
Statue at Westminster Bridge
Statue at Westminster Bridge
Big Ben
The south face still has the clock uncovered
London Eye and County Hall
London Eye and County Hall
London Eye and County Hall
The Merlin Tourist Trap
'Find the ball' game
This is one of at least ten people who have this ‘find the ball’ game set up along the bridge. It’s funny how everyone who was winning looked and sounded an awful lot like the people running the scams – sorry, games…
Waterloo station
Waterloo’s newly rebuilt street entrance
Graffiti
Where’s the lie?
The main entrance to Waterloo National Rail station
The main entrance to Waterloo National Rail station
Waterloo station
And inside, Waterloo Underground station
Rainbow at Waterloo
107 (revisit). Waterloo (11.79 miles)

That’s about enough for today. It came in about a mile over the Google Maps estimate but it wasn’t too bad. 11.79 miles in 4:11, and that brings the total distance walked up to 254.86 miles. Not many left now, but the next one will be Waterloo to Stratford and hopefully I can get that done this week.

Day 25: Rayners Lane to Stanmore

Lines: Metropolitan, Jubilee / Stations: Rayners Lane – West Harrow – Harrow-on-the-Hill – Northwick Park – Preston Road – Wembley Park – Kingsbury – Queensbury – Canons Park – Stanmore / Time: 3h 30m / Distance: 10.75 miles

Rainbow on an S Stock train
Another Tube Walk, another S Stock selfie

Today’s walk takes me along the last solo stretch of the Metropolitan line before it joins the Jubilee line and heads into central London, but at Wembley Park I’m changing direction and heading north along the Jubilee to Stanmore.

Rayners Lane station
Rayners Lane looks pretty much the same as it did in February
Rainbow at Rayners Lane
183 (revisit). Rayners Lane
Railway lines behind a fence
A metal fence keeping the Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines at bay
Railway junction
The Met/Picc junction at Rayners Lane. Last time I headed south along the Picc, today I’m going east
Park entrance
Always nice when there’s a park to walk through
West Harrow station
West Harrow station
Rainbow at West Harrow
224. West Harrow (approx 1.1 miles)
Sign to each platform at West Harrow
A slightly less interesting sign at West Harrow
Railway junction at Harrow-on-the-Hill
Metropolitan line convergence at Harrow-on-the-Hill – the Uxbridge branch comes up through the underpass
Harrow-on-the-Hill subway thing
Harrow-on-the-Hill subway thing
Messy road paint
I have no idea what happened here but I like it
Harrow-on-the-Hill station
Harrow-on-the-Hill station
Rainbow at Harrow-on-the-Hill
223 (revisit). Harrow-on-the-Hill (approx 2 miles)
Northwick Park station
Northwick Park station
Rainbow at Northwick Park
225. Northwick Park (approx 2.9 miles)
Railway tracks
Overground/Bakerloo line and National Rail west coast main line tracks

 

Virgin class 390 Pendolino
Virgin class 390 Pendolino
London Overground class 378
London Overground class 378
Preston Road station
Preston Road station
Rainbow at Preston Road
226. Preston Road (approx 4.2 miles)
Wealdstone Brook
Wealdstone Brook
Random bits of metal welded together
I guess whoever lives here learned how to weld
Wembley Park sculpture
A thing at Wembley Park
Wembley Park station
Wembley Park has an enormous staircase for football fans
Rainbow at Wembley Park
227. Wembley Park (approx 5.3 miles)
Wembley stadium
Wembley stadium
Wembley Park station
Wembley Park station

 

Window vinyls
An old ticket office at Wembley Park now shows these LU icons
Road through Fryent country park
It suddenly got a lot less urban
Jubilee line at Kingsbury
Jubilee line at Kingsbury
Shops at Kingsbury
Back to a more familiar London view
Kingsbury station
Kingsbury station
Rainbow at Kingsbury
228. Kingsbury (approx 7.2 miles)
Roundel on the roundabout
Roundel on the roundabout
Queensbury station
Queensbury station
Rainbow at Queensbury
229. Queensbury (approx 8 miles)
An unusual bus
An unusual bus
Wembley arch
Wembley’s famous arch is still very visible
Jubilee line near Canons Park
Jubilee line near Canons Park
Fancy residential area
This residential area is a bit fancy
Fountain
It has fountains
Fountains
Loads of them
Canons Park station
Canons Park station
Rainbow at Canons Park
230. Canons Park (approx 9.5 miles)
Stanmore station forecourt
Stanmore station forecourt
Stanmore station building
Stanmore station building
Rainbow at Stanmore
231. Stanmore (10.75 miles)

So that’s the top end of the Jubilee done, along with a bit more of the Met. 3 hours 30 minutes, 10.75 miles, and the total distance across the whole series is now 243.07 miles. Next time I’ll pick both lines back up at Wembley Park and head south.

Rainbow at Wembley Park
A Wembley Park roundel selfie because I didn’t get one at Stanmore

Day 24: Watford to Harrow-on-the-Hill

Lines: Metropolitan / Stations: Watford – Croxley – Moor Park – Northwood – Northwood Hills – Pinner – North Harrow – Harrow-on-the-Hill / Time: 3h 17m / Distance: 10.46 miles

Rainbow on an S8 stock train
Spending far too much time on these S8 trains these days

Another long journey into Metroland to cover a bit more of the north west section of the network. Today’s walk covers the Watford branch of the Metropolitan line, then picks up at Moor Park where the last walk finished and continues down to Harrow-on-the-Hill.

Watford station
Watford station
Rainbow at Watford
217. Watford

There’s not much here. It’s a residential area, and the station was earmarked for closure at one point. If the Croxley Link project had been completed this station would have closed and the new route from Croxley would have linked across the town to Watford Junction station. The plans got as far as land physically being cleared for the new railway but the project was cancelled a couple of years ago, so Watford station survives.

Street sign in Watford
I found it interesting that the street sign specifies ‘Metropolitan line’ rather than just ‘Underground’.
Railway bridge
There are several high bridges in the area carrying the railway
Canal
Grand Union Canal
Croxley station car park
Croxley station car park entrance is a surprisingly long distance from the actual station itself
Croxley station
Croxley station
Rainbow at Croxley
218. Croxley (approx 1.5 miles)
Footpath down to the canal
Down the hill to the canal
Canal
Canal

Google Maps would have had me walk along the canal all the way into Rickmansworth and then all the way back along to Moor Park, to avoid a short section of road that includes going under a railway bridge without any pavements. It would have added almost two miles to my journey, so I took the risk and walked under the bridge instead.

A footpath through a field
A footpath through a field
Croxley Common Moor In Flower sign
Croxley Common Moor In Flower sign
River Colne
River Colne
Moor Park station
Moor Park station – last time I was here it was covered in flags for the royal wedding and looked incredibly tacky, it looks a little better now
Rainbow at Moor Park
216 (revisit). Moor Park (approx 3.5 miles)
Moor Park Private Estate sign
This whole area is entirely too posh
Hillingdon / Northwood sign
Leaving the poshness behind and entering the London Borough of Hillingdon
Northwood station
Northwood station
Rainbow at Northwood
219. Northwood (approx 5 miles)
A big metal bridge
A big metal bridge
Mural at Northwood Hills
Mural at Northwood Hills
Northwood Hills station
Northwood Hills station
Rainbow at Northwood Hills
220. Northwood Hills (approx 6.2 miles)
Northwood Hills mural
Northwood Hills mural
Pinner sign
Welcome to Pinner, there’s nothing here
River Pinn
River Pinn
Visit Pinner sign
“Visit Pinner” – I’d advise against it

Look, I don’t have anything against Pinner as an area, I just found it really bland. Maybe I was tired or not taking things in for whatever reason, it just didn’t feel like a particularly interesting place to be.

Up the hill to Pinner station
The station is up a hill
Pinner station
Pinner station
Rainbow at Pinner
221. Pinner (approx 7.8 miles)
Railways
Metropolitan line and Chiltern National Rail
North Harrow station
North Harrow station
Rainbow at North Harrow
222. North Harrow (approx 9 miles)
Harrow bus garage
Harrow bus garage
A tile mural
Harrow pedestrian underpass mural
Harrow bus station
Harrow bus station
Harrow-on-the-Hill station
Harrow-on-the-Hill station
Harrow-on-the-Hill station
The station entrance inside the building
Rainbow at Harrow-on-the-Hill
223. Harrow-on-the-Hill (10.46 miles)

10.46 miles in 3 hours 17 minutes, and I finished there. This brings the total distance for the network up to 232.32 miles. This was quite a hilly walk without a great deal to look at or draw entertainment from, I wonder if that’s why I felt much more tired and hungry than usual once I’d finished.

Rainbow with KFC
Nothing that can’t be swiftly fixed

Next time I’ll be picking up the Metropolitan line from Rayners Lane, where I got up to when I was doing the Piccadilly line in that area. I’ll head along the Met past Harrow-on-the-Hill and down to Wembley Park then join the Jubilee line and walk to the terminus at Stanmore.

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!

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!