For comprehensive  information about buses and overground trains as well as the Tube use the official Transport for London Journey Planner.  Personally I find the independent site, Tube Plannersimpler and quicker to use if you only want to plan Underground train routes.  Both sites have live updates on any delays. Another useful site is My London Map which shows Tube lines and stations superimposed on a street map.

Try not to travel at weekends. If this is unavoidable do check for engineering work. Remember that at holiday times stations such as Victoria area mass of people struggling with maps, language and luggage.

Football matches Be careful about going near the Holloway Road/Arsenal/Highbury area if a match is on. There are problems getting supporters to and from the Emirates Stadium. Look at the Piccadilly Line in 'Engineering Works' (see above) for info about this, or go to the Arsenal website. Other fixtures you may wish to check on:
Queens Park Rangers
Tottenham Hotspur
West Ham

Metropolitan Line. Note that even on weekdays this has a complicated timetable. It’s best to start from Baker Street Underground station which has detailed destination boards and real staff. However, don’t be put off travelling on this line, as it is the starting point for some of the most delightful excursions.

Length of routes
Many of the routes are quite short - often less than 2 miles - so it's worth looking at other Tube stations on the same line and covering more than one.  I have indicated where my own trails can be linked to much longer walks such as the London Loop. 

I have indicated where access might be a bit awkward for those with buggies or walking difficulties, where possible giving an alternative, usually only a small detour. It is the Tube itself that is most likely to cause problems. To check on individual stations go to the Transport for London site. The good news is that increasing numbers of destinations have ramp facilities. If necessary, a route can simply be started from outside the relevant station, having reached it by alternative transport. 

Photos: Archer statue, East Finchley Tube station
Crooked chimneys, Hampstead
Deer in Golders Hill Park
(Click on images to enlarge)

These are just a few of the many fascinating things to be found at London Tube Rambles. There are architectural gems, beautiful country views, historic places and quirky buildings even in the most unpromising areas covered by the outer London Underground stations. Usually discoveries are within a mile of the Tube - often only five minutes walk away. If you reached this as an individual page via a search engine, you might like to go to www.londontuberambles.co.uk 
to see more places to explore. You'll be amazed at what's out there!