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 Friday, November 16, 2012

Tube quiz (45) Nice view
Being mostly underground, the view out of a tube carriage window isn't usually thrilling. Except that about 60% of the underground is in fact overground, and some of the overground parts are quite pretty. So today I'm asking you where the best views on the tube network are. I've listed five stretches of line I particularly like, in no particular order. You've added several more.
1) Chalfont & Latimer → Chesham: On this four mile trek through the upper reaches of the Chess Valley, at one point the trackside opens up to reveal gorgeous rolling rural slopes. Especially lovely at this time of year with a display of golden leaves. [photo]
2) Roding Valley → Chigwell: Another river valley, this one flattish but wonderfully open, and with the M11 roaring underneath. [photo]
3) the Kilburn viaduct: Rumbling up to town from Metroland, suddenly the rooftops of London are all around, and the heights of Hampstead rise off to one side.
4) Parsons Green → East Putney: First the rooftops of Fulham, then the glories of crossing the open Thames (along the Boat Race bit).
5) Arnos Grove → Southgate: Another scenic viaduct, this time through the heart of Arnos Park (and the underneath, alongside Pymmes Brook, that's rather nice too).
6) Gunnersbury → Kew Gardens: The lattice bridge over the Thames affords great views eastwards up the river and down to Strand-on-the-Green below (says THC)
7) Mill Hill East → Finchley Central: Great views from the train as well as at ground level, on the viaduct over Finchley Golf Course (say Bernie and Peewit)
8) Loughton → Epping: Very nice to see rolling fields plus, in the Spring, the yellow fields of rapeseed flowers (says PC) At Theydon Bois the view is quite attractive with cows, horses, motorways (says Peter)
9) Wembley Park to Kingsbury: Some of the best views are unexpected - after the urban landscape of Wembley you suddenly get a brief view of Fryent Country Park (says KissenMe)
10) Croxley → Watford: Crossing the viaduct you get to look down onto the canal and the canal boats (says Geofftech)
11) Hammersmith → Acton Town: I like the climb out of Hammersmith and seeing over the rooftops of West London (says PC)
12) Dagenham East → Elm Park: Runs through a lovely area of heathland called Eastbrookend Country Park. I remember looking out of the train and seeing a horse and rider standing on a hillock next to the line (says Siwi)
13) Rayners Lane → South Harrow: Another viaduct, and halfway along there's a spur of redundant viaduct curving away to the north - always piques the curiosity (says Gordon)

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