Can You Fathom The Route Of The One Stop Tube Walk?

Have you ever heard that there is one possible route around the Underground taking in every single line for just one stop? One of our friends was told this puzzle and, being a London geek — hooray — he worked it out over several commutes. Can you? Remember, you must visit each different line for just one stop.


  • The route includes the Overground and DLR
  • You can change from one line to another, even if they continue on the same tracks (e.g. Go one stop on the Circle line then change to the District for one stop in the same direction)
  • There are 4 permutations of start and end points, because only one of the two stations for the first and last move is important (e.g. if you are on the Victoria line and need to get to Stockwell, you can start at Brixton or Vauxhall – it makes no difference to the rest of the route)

We think it’s high time we planned another whimsical London walk so this route could be it. It’s not an epic one – like the Olympic walk – but it’s an interesting one, zigzaggy, and an original way to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Tube, Londonist style. We’ll bring you the solution next week.

Good luck!

Many thanks to John Wilkes for sharing the puzzle (and for working it out).

Photo by Edward Kimber via the Londonist Flickrpool.

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  • Jonn Elledge

    This is going to drive me nuts.

  • West Hampstead

    Am clearly being dim. What does “one stop” mean in this context? Are we trying to travel on a train on every line with only one stop between each line?

    • Lindsey Clarke

      You visit each different line for just one stop.

  • Duh


    Start at Leicester Square or Green Park.
    Piccadilly: One stop to Piccadilly Circus.
    Bakerloo: One stop to Charing Cross.
    Northern: One stop to Embankment.
    Circle: One stop to Westminster.
    Jubilee: One stop to Waterloo.
    Waterloo and City: One stop to Bank.
    Central: One stop to Liverpool Street.
    Hammersmith and City: One stop to Aldgate East.
    District: One stop to Whitechapel.
    Overground: One stop to Shadwell.
    DLR: One stop to Tower Gateway or Limehouse.

    I mean, that’s simple. Once you realise that you’ve got to take the Waterloo and City, and need to hit the DLR, it’s trivial. It took literally five minutes. There are even multiple alternate routes: for example, at Bank you can take the DLR to Shadwell, Overground to Whitechapel, District to Aldgate East, H&C to Liverpool Street, and Central back to Bank.

    • Duh

      Wait, I forgot the Metropolitan. IGNORE ME I THOUGHT THAT WAS TOO EASY

      • Lindsey Clarke

        Ha! Keep trying.

        • Duh

          Whew. The assumptions were right – you’ve got to take the W&C, and you’ve got to change at Shadwell – but the bits at either end were trickier than I thought.

          Start at Covent Garden or Piccadilly Circus.
          Piccadilly: One stop to Leicester Square.
          Northern: One stop to Tottenham Court Road.
          Central: One stop to Oxford Circus.
          Victoria: One stop to Green Park.
          Jubilee: One stop to Westminster.
          Circle: One stop to Embankment.
          Bakerloo: One stop to Waterloo.
          Waterloo and City: One stop to Bank.
          DLR: One stop to Shadwell.
          Overground: One stop to Whitechapel.
          District: One stop to Aldgate East.
          Hammersmith and City: One stop to Liverpool Street.
          Northern: One stop to Moorgate.
          Metropolitan: One stop to Barbican or Liverpool Street.

          Job done.

          • Wilko

            This is pretty much the same as what I worked out, but you have used the Northern line twice (once for each branch). There is a way to do it only using the Northern line once.

          • Wilko

            Actually the second appearance of the Northern line is clearly a typo now I look again. I guess that was meant to be the Met line and the last line shouldn’t be there.

          • Charlie Howard

            you’ve used the northern line twice and the overground isn’t a tube line

  • Charlie Howard

    My solution, correct me if wrong:

    Tower Hill – Shadwell (DLR)
    Shadwell – Whitechapel (East London)
    Whitechapel – Aldgate East (District)
    Aldgate East -Liverpool St (H&C)
    Liv St -Moorgate (Met)
    Moorgate – Bank (Northern)
    Bank – Waterloo (duh)
    Waterloo – Embankment (Bakerloo)
    Embankment -Westminster (Circle)
    Westminster -Green Pork (Jubilee)
    Green Pork – Ox Circ (Victoria)
    Ox Circ -wherever you like (Central)

    • Charlie Howard

      oh NO I have to use the overground. That has ruined my day

      • West Hampstead

        OG is the East London Line, but Piccadilly is your problem now!

        • Charlie Howard

          Yeah I know. My attention span ran out anyway, so I defer to Tom M above…

  • Tom M

    My version – but as you say, once you realise you have to use the Waterloo & City and the DLR, you’ve narrowed it down quite a lot – of course, the direction is pretty arbitrary anyway

    It’s just a shame you can’t try it on the weekends (thanks to the Waterloo/City line), as I’m rarely in London on a weekday!

    Metropolitan – Moorgate/Aldgate to Liverpool St
    Hammersmith & City – to Aldgate East
    District to Whitechapel
    Overground to Shadwell
    DLR to Bank
    Waterloo & City to Waterloo

    Jubilee to Westminster

    Circle to Embankment

    Northern to Charing Cross
    Bakerloo to Piccadilly Circus
    Piccadilly to Green Park
    Victoria to Oxford Circus
    Central to Bond Street/Tottenham Court Road

    Of course, once Crossrail opens, you’ll be able to add that line from TCR or Bond Street to complete the set!

    • Lindsey Clarke

      Well done Tom!

  • West Hampstead

    Yes, just got there, starting at Moorgate finishing at Cov Gnd

  • Londoner Kate

    This is clever and awesome but the thought of staying on the tube long enough to actually do this makes me nauseous.

  • Lyly

    does it include the Emirates line??

  • Gareth Jones

    avoiding any spoilers that may be posted here, is ‘Overground’ everything that’s orange on the map (ie NLL, ELLX, all the new east and south west bits, Euston DC lines)?