Built in 1841, the Balcombe (or Ouse Valley) viaduct is surely one of the most mesmeric structures in the south of England. A footpath passes right underneath the viaduct, allowing you a close up view of this amazing piece of Victorian railway architecture.
Take the overnight sleeper train, leaving London Euston just after 9pm, to pull open your curtains the following morning and pressing your nose up against the early morning window light to reveal the peaks of Scotland awaiting you.
We were on the 21:15 departure from London Euston. The hills would be ours the following morning.
Some twenty five miles out from the centre of London by underground train, you’ll find the market town of Chesham. In just a few minutes walk, you enter into a world so different from the urban metropolis you have just left behind.
With a recent flurry of snow on the ground of the gentle hilly landscape, I set off on a cold Saturday morning for a walk, armed with my Oyster card and my walking boots, taking this ‘underground’ line through the countryside to discover the Chiltern Hills.
The tube can transport you from one side of the city to another with relative ease, meaning that most of London is within an hours travel from almost anywhere else in London. But if your journey is mostly underground, how much of the city do you see? To find out, I decided to walk the length of one of the lines in one day.