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.
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…
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Finishing another line today with the other northern Northern branch from High Barnet to Camden Town, also including the awkward Mill Hill East excursion.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
That’s station 135, only 135 more to go!
It’s actually named after one of the leaders of the peasant’s revolt in 1381, who the politician is also apparently named after.
This pub gives its name to the nearby station-that-never-was, Bull & Bush, or North End. It was half built but never opened.
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.
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
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.
Final stats – 8.7 miles in 2:46, the total distance is now 126.46 miles.
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
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 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.
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/
Thus ends the Waterloo & City line. Onto the Northern…
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.