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