Hi. I’m Rainbow, and this is where I’m documenting my walk around the entire London Underground network. I’m doing this for my own satisfaction more than anything else but I think it’ll be interesting to share the journeys I make and the photos I take, so that’s what this site is for.
I know a lot of people who do things like this do it for charity – I’m not organising anything personally because I’m only doing it in short sections with no deadline, as and when I have the free time, so I don’t really see it as a particularly strong fundraising opportunity, but if you’re feeling generous throw a few quid at Mermaids anyway.
I’ve tentatively planned each route, but it’s not rigid. If I’m feeling a bit tired I can stop short of the daily target and pick it up another time, or if I’m feeling sprightly after the day’s target is reached I can keep going. I’ve done long distance walks before, the longest being from Southend to Thorpe Park, which was 60 miles in one go, so I should be alright doing this where the day’s walking is usually around 10 miles.
I’m imposing some rules on myself to make it feel like it’s actually something and not just aimless rambling.
I will be walking line by line, visiting every station on each line. This means I will visit many stations on multiple occasions. However, on sections where the line is shared, for example Met and Jubilee in the north west, District and Picc in the south west, the entire Circle line and so on, I won’t need to do the exact same route twice. So going around the top of the Circle will also tick off that section of the H&C and Met lines.
I can’t count a station I pass as having been visited if it’s not on the line I’m walking (or a shared route) – so at the west end of the Central I might bump into Park Royal, this won’t count towards the Piccadilly line until I get there on that journey.
It’s only London Underground lines for now, but I might do the DLR afterwards. Certain sections can’t be walked – Heathrow Terminals 1-2-3 is not accessible by foot so this will be the only time I can use a train to complete that day’s section, and there’s a bit where the pesky Jubilee line goes under the Thames three times and I don’t really want to walk through the Rotherhithe tunnel so I’m allowing myself to cheat a bit there, using a ferry for that bit and a cable car later, but I will do the Greenwich foot tunnel.
I live in Southend, so my closest tube station is Upminster and that’s where my adventure began. I started with the District line and headed west. The original plan may change once or twice, but below is the latest. There are no set dates when these will happen, just when I get round to them.
Day 25 – Metropolitan Line – Rayners Lane to Wembley Park, Jubilee Line – Wembley Park to Stanmore
Day 26 – Jubilee/Metropolitan Line – Wembley Park to Waterloo
Day 27 – Jubilee Line – Waterloo to Stratford
Day 28 – Victoria Line – Walthamstow Central to Oxford Circus
Day 29 – Victoria Line – Brixton to Oxford Circus, Bakerloo Line – Oxford Circus to Elephant & Castle
Day 30 – Bakerloo Line – Harrow & Wealdstone to Oxford Circus