Jubilation – and a circular challenge

May was not a good month for walking. I had two stretches of the Jubilee line planned, but was sadly thwarted twice – once by a stomach bug, and once by planned engineering works, which I should probably have checked out beforehand.

But June has been better, thankfully – last Saturday I managed 15.1 miles of the line, going from Stanmore to Green Park. 16 stations in total (though I’d already passed Green Park once), in glorious sunshine for the most part.

Starting at Stanmore is a really pleasant walk, passing through leafy suburbs and quiet streets for a fair few miles before you start to get into London proper. The walk out to Wembley is just beautiful, as it passes through a nature reserve that I didn’t know existed, and although it’s unpleasantly hilly for a little while the green grass and meadow more than make up for the incline.

I took a short pause at West Hammersmith for a sly half pint at the Railway pub (it seemed appropriate), and though I’d planned to only go as far as Bond Street, by the time I got there I still top rated online generic pharmacy felt like I had a few miles left in me. But as I hit Green Park the rain started to fall in big fat drops, and I took the executive decision to head home before I got drenched.

It was a really great day – much more relaxed than the last one because I knew I could do it, and because there wasn’t the pressure to finish the whole thing completely that I’d felt with the Victoria Line.

This coming weekend I’m going to be walking again – this time with company. My mum is coming from Birmingham on Friday evening to spend the whole of Saturday walking the Circle Line. At this point we’re not sure how far we’ll get. We’re starting at Paddington and planning to walk at least the whole way round the circle – 27 stations, 16 miles, so with a couple of stops that should be fine.

Whether or not we do the extra leg to Hammersmith as well – another 9 stations and 5.7 miles – remains to be seen. Wish us luck – and if you can, please sponsor us!

Planning: the outline


One month in to the training programme, and already it’s started to make a real difference to my fitness. I’m up to running two whole minutes at a time – don’t laugh, this is a big deal for me – and with luck and perseverance I’m on track to finish the first major training stretch at the end of March. At that point, in theory, I’ll be able to run for 6 miles or so without stopping, and I’ll be starting to do endurance & strength training for my legs.

So between the end of March and the end of December, the Tube lines. There are 11 lines in total, and the plan is to walk as many as possible end-to-end in single days. But the sheer length of some lines means that’s not going to be possible – even if I’m fit enough to walk all day, some of them are 45 miles long. And some of the lines have multiple end points, and I’m still planning how to tackle them.

Here’s the plan – at least, as far as I’ve worked it out so far…

First, the Waterloo & City line – at about 2 miles long and with only 2 stations this should be by far the easiest, so it makes sense to me to do it first. So probably the first or second weekend in April will be the right time to start – and I’m going to be recruiting some walking buddies to come and do the easy one with me and help raise some cash.

The Victoria Line is relatively straightforward and not too horrendously long, coming in at just under 15 miles from Walthamstow Central to Brixton. Hopefully this will be the second walk, on the third or fourth weekend in April.

The Circle Line is actually not too bad, at 21.5 miles. Definitely a challenge, but I’m going to give it a go as a single-day walk – after all, if I get tired or can’t make it round in time, I can always hop on a Tube and head home, and finish it another day. Aiming to do this one in May, when it’s not too hot but the evenings are getting lighter.

The Jubilee Line is well over 47 miles and totally impossible to do in a day – I’m thinking of splitting it into three chunks of 15 miles or so each, and walking those in May and June.

The Bakerloo Line is a straightforward one that, at just under 18 miles, should be achievable in a day. The central London sections will be slow, but I reckon it should be possible to walk within 6 hours, so that’ll be a full http://laparkan.com/buy-tadalafil/ Saturday in June.

The Hammersmith & City Line at about 21 miles should be another full Saturday’s walk, most likely in July.

The Piccadilly Line is unexpectedly huge – more than 35 miles even if you ignore the Uxbridge branch completely – so I’m splitting it into two or three chunks. Haven’t decided what I will do when yet, but most likely each will be 10-15 miles long, and will be completed during July and August.

The District Line is an absolute sod, what with having no less than 5 branch endings – but by the time I get to this one in August I’ll already have walked most of its length along the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines. I’m going to treat the remaining walk as Ealing Broadway to Wimbledon – possibly via Richmond depending on how fit I’m feeling and how long it takes.

The Metropolitan Line is another unexpectedly large one at 35 miles from Chesham to Aldgate station. I’m going to try and do this one in two chunks of about 17 miles each during September.

The Central Line is a tricky one, as it’s 45 miles long and goes right through central London. So the plan is to split it into 3 and walk it in chunks during October. Provisionally, the plan is to go Epping to Liverpool Street, West Ruislip to Notting Hill Gate, and finally Liverpool Street to Notting Hill Gate on Hallowe’en weekend dressed as a zombie, with as many zombie shuffling friends as I can manage to bring with me to do a street collection as we go.

Finally, the Northern Line – this is my home line at the moment, though I suppose by November it might not be any more. Still, it’s a long one – by my reckoning, 23.4 miles going from High Barnet to Morden via Charing Cross – and I reckon it should be possible to do in a day if I get a move on. So this will be the home stretch, sometime in November.

There are going to be various branch lines and bitty pieces that won’t get walked, under this plan – and I reckon that’s fine. I might try and fit in a few of the branches I haven’t mapped into the longer walks while I’m training, or in December when I’ve completed most of the map, or I might incorporate them into the challenge later on – or I might not do them.

This challenge is going to evolve and change as it goes on, but this is my basic blueprint for how it’s going to pan out.

My legs are going to be so sore…