The Piccadilly line is the second longest tube line after the Central line. It is 44.3 miles long.
All the lines I’ve previously walked have consisted of a single line (apart from the East London line but that has only a very small branch). The Piccadilly line splits into two branches on its West side. I’m starting at Cockfosters so I won’t have to worry about this for a while. When I get to the branch I intend to do the Heathrow branch first and then the Uxbridge branch.
Cockfosters to Oakwood
On leaving Cockfosters underground station I head past the shops on Cockfosters Road and go into Westpole Avenue.
Most of the houses on Westpole Avenue are semi-detached. At the end of this road I reach Oakwood tube station.
Oakwood to Southgate
Down Prince George Avenue are more large semi-detatched houses. On Sheringham Avenue is a church that looks more like a factory and a house which has a bashed telephone box in its drive.
I have to head East to find the entrance to Oakwood Park. The stone structure is a well that dates from 1870.
On Oakwood Avenue the houses start getting a little smaller.
A walk along Winchmore Hill Road gets me to Southgate tube station – the third station so far, and the third designed by Charles Holden.
Piccadilly Line Walk – Day 1 Summary
This first section of the Piccadilly line took about 70 minutes to walk.