Lines: Central / Stations: North Acton – Hanger Lane – Perivale – Greenford – Northolt / Time: 2h 7m / Distance: 6.81 miles
The plan was to finish the Central Line and walk from North Acton to West Ruislip. I wasn’t going to do it today though, but I had a spare few hours so thought I’d throw a walk in. I didn’t have enough time to go all the way so I ducked out at Northolt, and I’ll finish it off soon, probably tomorrow.
I had a nice chat with a chap on the platform about the excellent All The Stations videos. I don’t know if he watches these but he struck up the conversation, so maybe?
Which concludes today’s walk at 6.81 miles in 2 hours 7 minutes, and brings the total mileage up to 102.83. Because I’ve split today I now have to rewrite my entire plan because numbers have changed and stuff, I might split a couple more of the longest ones too. I’ll be back very soon with the Ruislip corner to finally finish the Central Line!
Lines: Central / Stations: Hainault – Fairlop – Barkingside – Gants Hill – Redbridge – Wanstead – Leytonstone / Time: 2h 22m / Distance: 7.6 miles
How many tube stations have non-roundel identifiers on the platforms? I know a lot in central London do along the top but it’s rarer to see the ones like this, at this height.
Today’s walk takes us from Hainault round the loop to Leytonstone, a while ago I came round the other way via Woodford, this time I’m going back via Newbury Park.
I got a strange look from the member of staff and the one person standing by a car outside the station for taking those two photos. I hope they read this one day. Hi.
There was once a line that linked Newbury Park to Ilford and Seven Kings to the south, but it’s long gone now. The line curves round to Gants Hill, which is pretty much in line with Newbury Park, but with an east/west orientation rather than the north/south here, so there’s a kind of hook shaped section of track to bring it back round.
This is where today’s journey ends at 7.6 miles and 2 hours 22 minutes. The overall total is now 96.02 miles and 99 stations visited, so next time when I walk from North Acton to West Ruislip I’ll break the 100 barrier on both counts. I’m considering which direction to do it, but I think I’ll go with that way, heading away from the centre rather than in.
Lines: Central / Stations: Epping – Theydon Bois – Debden – Loughton – Buckhurst Hill / Time: 2h 43m / Distance: 8.54 miles
Continuing with the Central Line, heading west from Epping down to Buckhurst Hill. Only a few stations today because out here in Zone 6 the stations are quite far apart.
The line used to continue down towards Ongar via North Weald and Blake Hall, but that line now only runs as a heritage service. There are rumours that they’re going to extend it back from North Weald to Epping so we may one day soon see steam trains here at Epping…
I got asked by one of the workers if I was a surveyor, with an air of suspicion. I’m not. I just like silly signs.
There’s not a lot between Debden and Loughton
So that ends today’s walk at 8.54 miles in 2 hours 43 minutes. Not bad, hot and sunny after initial clouds and it hit 26c which was a bit warm for walking around. The total walked now over the network is up to 88.42 miles.
Next time I’ll be doing what I thought I was going to do this time, and carrying on with the loop from Hainault to Leytonstone via Newbury Park. I was considering that for this one but I’m glad I went for this section instead so I didn’t get caught up in the storm that hit just after I got on the train to head home!
And that platform has a roof, as well. Anyway, see you next time!
Lines: Central / Stations: Leytonstone – Snaresbrook – South Woodford – Woodford – Roding Valley – Buckhurst Hill – Chigwell – Grange Hill – Hainault / Time: 3h 1m / Distance: 9.3 miles
Today I’m starting at Leytonstone and heading up the main Central Line route, then where it splits at Woodford I’m going round the loop to Hainault, but the walking route also passes Buckhurst Hill so I’m ticking that one off today too.
I considered cycling the network rather than walking it, but I think walking was a better plan. It gives me time to look around and find things to take pictures of, and I can film and walk at the same time whereas if I was riding it might be a bit harder.
Here’s where the line splits (on the Tube map at least – the actual split is right by Roding Valley station).
Roding Valley is the least used station on the Tube network, with just over 700 passengers per day. It also doesn’t have a gateline, so I popped on to the platform to get that photo.
Which brings today’s walk to an end, at 9.3 miles and 3 hours 1 minute. The overall total distance is now 79.88 miles. Next time I’ll be continuing with the Central Line loop, from Hainault back down to Leytonstone via Newbury Park.
Lines: Central / Stations: Marble Arch – Bond Street – Oxford Circus – Tottenham Court Road – Holborn – Chancery Lane – St. Paul’s – Bank – Liverpool Street – Bethnal Green – Mile End – Stratford – Leyton – Leytonstone / Time: 3h 41m / Distance: 12.07 miles
Today’s route is almost a completely straight line along the Central Line, starting here in the West End and heading east. Google Maps had it at 10.8 miles and it turned out to be 12.07 so as always the distances posted for each station are approximate.
Oxford Street is one of my least favourite places in London. It’s just too busy. Today was a quiet time and around the Oxford Circus area it was still insufferable. And there was a man playing bagpipes, just to add to the unpleasant atmosphere…
The total distance came in at 12.07 miles, so that brings the total for all the tube walks so far to 70.58 miles over 7 days. It was planned with an average of 10 miles per walk so it’s doing quite well to stick to that so far! Next time I’ll keep going with the Central Line, from Leytonstone up the main section and round to Hainault via Woodford (and Buckhurst Hill because it’s on the way).
Lines: District, Piccadilly, Central / Stations: Chiswick Park – Acton Town – Ealing Common – Ealing Broadway – West Acton – North Acton – East Acton – White City – Shepherd’s Bush – Holland Park – Notting Hill Gate – Queensway – Lancaster Gate – Marble Arch / Time: 3h 22m / Distance: 11.56 miles
Starting at station 54, Chiswick Park, finishing off the District Line with a short stroll to Ealing Broadway where I’ll head back east along the Central Line, finishing in central London at Marble Arch.
And the route also includes a short section of the Piccadilly Line, from Chiswick Park to Ealing Common.
There’s a funfair on at Ealing Common, but not until next week. I’m a few days early. Probably for the best though, I’d have detoured and gone on some rides…
That completes the District Line. With 60 stations, it has more than any other line, and I’ve now walked to them all. Next up, the Central Line – the longest end-to-end from West Ruislip to Epping, but I’m not doing all of that in one go!
There are seven stations with Acton in the name. Acton Town, West Acton, North Acton and East Acton are the Underground ones, and I’m ticking them all off today. South Acton and Acton Central are on the Overground, and Acton Main Line is here somewhere too.
This area has a rich broadcasting history, especially in television. BBC White City is just up the road and opposite here is where Television Centre was. TV Centre was considered the home of British television, and lots of major TV moments took place in this building.
I should explain in case it’s not clear how this works, as this is the first time this has happened. Where lines connect, in this case the Central meets the District and Circle, the first time I visit the station is counted as a unique number. Subsequent visits as part of other lines don’t get their own number but still count towards the daily total and the line being walked.
That seems as good a place as any to end the day’s adventure. I felt alright at the end of it and could probably have gone a bit further. I think the cooler weather helped, it was allegedly only about 11c but it felt slightly warmer, certainly not too hot though. There wasn’t much in Zone 1 so the central London air didn’t really affect me, next time I’ll be carrying on this eastbound Central Line main section from Marble Arch up to Leytonstone so there’s a lot more Zone 1, we’ll see how that goes in a few days.
Today’s walk comes in at 11.56 miles, which brings the overall total to 58.51 miles.
Lines: District, Piccadilly / Stations: Earl’s Court – West Kensington – Barons Court – Hammersmith – Ravenscourt Park – Stamford Brook – Turnham Green – Chiswick Park – Gunnersbury – Kew Gardens – Richmond / Time: 2h 25m / Distance: 7.86 miles
Today’s route takes us along the District and Piccadilly Lines west from Earl’s Court.
That being the 4th and final station with Kensington in its name. Next time, onto the Actons…
Hammersmith is another station where there are two completely separate stations with the same name, both count as different numbers towards the 270 Underground stations that exist. Today ticks off the District/Piccadilly station, and I’ll get the Circle/H&C one another time.
This is where the line splits, the route I’m following today heads off towards Gunnersbury and the other way goes up towards Ealing. The next station on the Ealing branch is on the way to the next one on the Richmond branch, so I’m ticking Chiswick Park off today and I’ll start there next time when I continue up to Ealing.
The Underground and Overground share rails on this section, there aren’t many sections of the network where that happens. The top of the Bakerloo I think shares with the Overground and the top of the Met shares with Chiltern Railways, I think those are the only other sections.
It’s a shame the Kew rail bridge doesn’t have a footpath along the side like the Putney one. This extra distance up to the road bridge and back across on the other side adds a mile or more to the route.
Which brings today’s journey to a close. The total distance worked out at 7.86 miles, the estimate was 7.2 so it was a little longer than anticipated but nothing too severe. Added to the previous routes this makes the total distance covered 46.95 miles. There are three more District Line stations to visit and then I’ll get started on the Central Line, so look out for that one some time soon.