Monday, 31 March 2008


Aha - So what's this all about then?

Can't guess?

Then I will tell you. (You know you really should keep up at the back - this isn't exactly 'Mastermind' you know. It's plain old current affairs. Keeping your ear to the ground.)

It's the Magnificent Moxon again. He has walked Land's End to John O' Groats. He has walked the London Loop. He has walked the Capital Ring. And now he needs a new challenge. Yes, he has at last found one: Tubewalking. I quote:

"In its simplest form, a tubewalk is nothing more than a walk that starts and ends at a tube station, so all you need to become a tubewalker is a couple of tube stations, a dose of motivation and some time to kill. You certainly don't need someone like me laying down rules.
However, I do need some rules, because I've set myself the challenge of tubewalking the entire tube network, and something that big needs a few rules. I've therefore formulated the following guidelines for my own, personal tubewalk.

Follow the Tube: I'm only allowed to walk between two stations if there is a tube line between those stations.

Walk the Line: If a tube line exists between two stations, then at some point I need to walk between them.

No Repeats: If there is more than one tube line between two stations – for example, Westminster and Embankment are joined by both the Circle and District lines – then I need only walk that segment once. This is to prevent repetitive strain injury and certain madness.

Exceptions: I'm not going to try to walk to Heathrow Terminals 1, 2, 3 or Heathrow Terminal 5, as the airport authority might take a rather dim view of an unkempt and bearded man trying to walk underneath the main runway with a backpack strapped to his back.

Just the Tube: I'm only going to visit stations on the London Underground, so that means I won't be walking the Docklands Light Railway or the London Overground. Besides, I want to leave something to come back for.

This should enable me to walk the entire tube without repeating myself and without missing anything. I'm also going to try to take in as many interesting destinations as I can, because after all, this is supposed to be fun.

Mark is blogging this magnificently English of walks, which you can find here. You can find Mark's route here.

This is certainly going to be one to watch as Mark writes with an easy style and often takes a wonderfully sideways look at life. Mark is walking for The Cure Parkinson's Trust so it would be splendid if you pop over and help him out with his fundraising.

I just wonder how many pubs there are on the route? Will Mark ever finish? Will we find him slumped over pub table with three stations to go?
We will just have to follow his adventure and find out!


  1. Absolute madness - a fine example of true English eccentricity.

  2. Madness indeed. Any sane person will know that he will inevitably end his days at Mornington Crescent - unless of course rule 13d (clause iii) applies to pedestrians.

    Lord E.

  3. Ah, but rule 13d (clause iii) is only relevant to pedestrians if following the Piccadilly variation.


  4. Indeed. But if following the Piccadilly variation, the Dollis Hill loop could well prove to be the foolhardy Mark’s undoing. I do wonder if he has studied the rules governing such an enterprise in any depth. I strongly recommend adopting the University of Chicago's Thurgood-Hamilton conversion algorithm in his navigation above ground, especially when approaching Aldwych (always a perilous move). I have wriiten a couple of small pamphlets that may help mark with his endeavours.

  5. That would be most useful. If there are any tips in there on what to do when in Spoon, I might actually get to finish my route planning...


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