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Charing Cross to Embankment, Northern and Bakerloo Lines, TFL Run Project   2 comments

This run also has a segment of the Central Line from Shepherd’s Bush to Marble Arch and another on the Piccadilly Line from Knightsbridge to Green Park.

 

Okay, this is the most taking-the-piss section, probably, on the whole London Underground.  There are tons of stations that have longer walks from gate-to-platform than there is between the far side of Charing Cross Station to Embankment.

And, halfway down there the Beaujolais Nouveaux Day breakfast awaited.

 

 

The segments are so close together that it hardly makes a difference on the individual tube line maps:

 

Northern Line progress

Bakerloo Line segment

 

 

Here are all of today’s segments for the curious:

And the overall progress:

 

 

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Posted November 16, 2017 by Drunken Bunny in Running, Tourism

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Knightsbridge to Green Park, Piccadilly Line, TFL Run Project   2 comments

This run also has a segment of the Central Line from Shepherd’s Bush to Marble Arch and another short one from Charing Cross to Embankment shared by the Northern and Bakerloo Lines.

Just across the road from Hyde Park on my way to Knightsbridge Station, I spotted this grand sculpture.  I think it is titled, “Naked Ethnics Escaping Indentured Servitude At The Oligarch’s Arms Apartments.”  Or, it should be.

 

 

Knightsbridge Station is under repair:

 

 

Hyde Park Corner has all the sculpture you ever need, but the station, itself, recedes into the undergrowth:

 

 

Then, after an easy drift along Green Park itself, I found Green Park Station and headed south to the Mall then east to Villiers Street for the Beaujolais Nouveaux Day breakfast:

 

 

Here are all of today’s segments for the curious:

And the overall progress:

Posted November 16, 2017 by Drunken Bunny in Running, Tourism

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Shepherd’s Bush to Marble Arch, Central Line, TFL Run Project   2 comments

This run also has a segment of the Piccadilly Line from Knightsbridge to Green Park and another short one from Charing Cross to Embankment shared by the Northern and Bakerloo Lines.

A start on the Central Line

 

Not much of interest on this run, but of course I’ve covered these tracks many times.

I caught an early Tube to Shepherd’s Bush Station then headed toward the Beaujolais Nouveaux Day breakfast at Gordon’s Wine Bar.  I had 6 miles scheduled and just made it , eventually, turning on the GPS just outside the station:

 

 

Bayswater Road is fairly straight, not hilly, and eventually runs the north side of Hyde Park.  Next up on the trot was Holland Park Station where, at 7:30 am, the drones were still just trickling out:

 

 

The pavements were crowded around Notting Hill Gate, but this still was nothing compared to any time between 9 am and 9 pm:

 

 

When I did the London Underround for my birthday a few years back, I tried to get in this side of Queensway Station and it was gated then.  There are turnstiles, as there were then, but you still have to turn the corner to enter the Station:

 

 

I never really appreciated how ugly Lancaster Gate Station is, before this morning:

 

 

The wealthy buurt along Bayswater turns into the shoppers hell of Oxford Street at Marble Arch, where my run turned SW across the park, past the Serpentine, and over to Knightsbridge:

 

 

Here are all of today’s segments for the curious:

And the overall progress:

Posted November 16, 2017 by Drunken Bunny in Running, Tourism

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Barons Court to Ealing Common, Piccadilly Line, TFL Run Project   3 comments

Also on this run: a segment of the District Line that contains this one, and a short portion of the London Overground.

 

The first TfL Run station stop on this streak of Piccadilly Line was Barons Court, a lovely building I really should come to see in the light of day, sometime.  This was just a short trot from the beer stop at the Famous Three Kings (write-up soon):

 

 

Continuing on, the District and Piccadilly entrance to Hammersmith Station rucks up before the insane foot- and vehicular-traffic of central Hammersmith:

 

 

Turnham Green emerged after a few District Line stops on the same railbed but the planned path to it from Stamford Brook Station was closed and I got a bit of a tour of the area on my way:

 

 

Acton Town Station is also a nice gaff, more architecturally interesting than the industrial buildings around it.  From there, a quiet path through some neighbourhoods followed.

 

 

Ealing Common Station has the London Underground Roundel motif incorporated into the windows, something I never noticed in daylight:

 

 

Tonight’s entire route was a little over 9 miles:

 

 

 

Here’s the state of the project as it stands:

 

Posted November 15, 2017 by Drunken Bunny in Running, Tourism

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West Kensington to Ealing Broadway, District Line, TFL Run Project   3 comments

Also on this run: a segment of the Piccadilly Line that overlaps this one, and a portion of the London Overground.

After the initial segment of the London Overground, the 14 November inaugural TfL Run veered over to the District (and, eventually, the Piccadilly) Line, picking up the West Kensington Station almost right next door to the beer stop at the Famous Three Kings (write-up soon):

 

 

The effort continued on with Barons Court and Hammersmith Stations also on the Piccadilly Line (and documented, briefly, in that write-up).  Down an almost hidden footpath as the rain began to fall, I found Ravenscourt Station:

 

 

And, having detoured around a closed park, eventually tracked down Stamford Brook Station by dead-reckoning:

 

 

The next station, Turnham Green, is also on the Piccadilly Line post and documented there.  Chiswick Park Station, one of my favourites, looks especially lovely in the misty evening:

 

 

Following on, Acton Town and Ealing Common Stations are also both on the Piccadilly Line and documented there.  A section of mostly parkland led the rest of the way to Ealing Broadway, the District Line terminus on this branch:

 

 

Tonight’s entire route was a little over 9 miles:

 

Here’s the state of the project as it stands:

 

Posted November 15, 2017 by Drunken Bunny in Running, Tourism

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Shepherd’s Bush to West Brompton, Overground, TFL Run Project   3 comments

Also on this run: a segment of the Piccadilly Line that overlaps a portion of the District Line.

 

The Oxford Tube coachline stops at Shepherds Bush; so, Tuesday night I skipped my normal route home and got a start on the TfL Run Project starting with the Overground Shepherds Bush Station:

 

 

The streets are well-lit in the posh Kensington area below Shepherds Bush and it was easy to speed over to Kensington Olympia Station and onward from there:

 

 

Soon after, I was met with a dilemma at Earls Court Station: it is on the District Line and a direct continuation from my eventual stop at West Kensington.  But if I included it, by my own stupid rules, that would break the Overground chain just started and I would have to redo the Kensington Olympia to West Brompton section another time.  Guessing that I’ll do those on a weekend afternoon mid-winter and that the District Line pub choices would be grander, I chose to continue on and, by my own observations, I think I was right.

West Brompton is a pretty house, though, and worth another (daylight) visit sometime:

 

 

Tonight’s entire route was a little over 9 miles:

 

 

Here’s the state of the project as it stands:

 

Posted November 15, 2017 by Drunken Bunny in Running, Tourism

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TFL Run Project   5 comments

 

There was this kid I corresponded with a couple of years back that was systematically hitting the London Underground stations in date order of their opening, having a pint in a nearby pub, then describing the architecture and history of both. I was jealous of him both for having the opportunity and the imagination not to mention he’s a much better writer). You can find these and an abortive subsequent project in his blog, INNSide Track.

I have been trying to figure out how to structure my next themed runs since finishing the LOOP and the A to Z runs, respectively, in May and September. I think I’ve found my quarry in a variation on the INNSide Track theme: run to every station on the TFL system. It is impractical, in this blog, to have a pint near every station not so much for the volume (my hollow legs have been well documented) but because I have already logged so many of the potential pubs — especially in the western and northwestern parts of the system. There will be drinking, of course, but there may be whole sections of quite a few miles without pubs that haven’t already featured here in “DRUNKENBUNNY” or in the earlier “1PUMPLANE” incarnation.

Runs must stop at each station in sequence, so overlap may result in redundant visits.  For instance, if I want to get to Finchley Road from Harrow-on-the-Hill but have already done Wembley Park on the Jubilee Line, a second stop there would be required. However, Harrow-on-the-Hill to Uxbridge does the Metropolitan Line for that potential full run as well as the Piccadilly Line from Rayners Lane to Uxbridge, all in one trip.

The final limits are these have to be tube, rail, or tram stations (bus routes would be madness).  These will include all Underground, Overground, and DLR; Trams are fairly close to buses, but I will strive to do these despite the dearth of “stations” to tick off.  No timetable for completion, but as I am hoping to move to The North or The Midlands in the next year or two there is some sense of urgency.  Wish me luck.

Progress:

Overground

District Line

Piccadilly Line

Central Line

Northern Line

Bakerloo Line

others as segments are conquered…