Chicken Run

An ambulatory (and fun) meditation on the price of eggs, following an egg’s life across north London from its being laid (Crouch End) to the emergence of the chicken (Hatch End).

Dollis Brook Viaduct


Main route

  • Start: Crouch End Broadway (postcode N8 8DU)
  • Finish: Hatch End station (station code HTE, postcode HA5 4HU)
  • Distance: 41.91km
  • Total ascent: 453m
  • Naismith time: 9h 08m

Shortcut route (via Edgware)

  • Start: Dollis Road (postcode NW7 1JX)
  • Finish: Stanmore Little Common (postcode HA7 4LQ)
  • Distance: 19.81km
  • Total ascent: 169m
  • Naismith time: 2h 27m


A varied walk across north London, borrowing (in the main) the routes of the Capital Ring, Dollis Valley Greenwalk, and London Loop. Note that all of these routes are followed in the opposite direction to those described in their principal guidebooks. A shortcut route, which runs between Dollis Road and Stanmore Little Common via Edgware, is also given: the shortcut remains within TfL’s main Oyster zone. Using the shortcut cuts 13km off the main route’s length between Crouch End and Hatch End.


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