How far would you walk to the station ?

(81 Posts)
fruitqueen Tue 25-Feb-14 16:06:49

In the midst of my hunt for accommodation for my DCs( aged 18 and 16) I have come across some wonderful properties. The problem is that they are always some distance away from the tube.Ideally, of course we would prefer a property which is next to it but this has not been feasible so far. So how far is too far to walk daily to the station if no other transport is available except the tube?

OnIlkelyMoorBahtat Tue 25-Feb-14 16:27:03

I walk 20 minutes each way to the tube for my commute and that doesn't feel too long, but it does depend on how much of a journey you then have afterwards - I used to have 20 mins walk followed by 30 mins tube which was a doddle, but now it's 20 mins walk followed by 50 mins tube - must get new job!

Equally I once had a commute that was 45 mins each way walking, with no tube at all, and that was lovely (tho' not so much when raining and windy, to be fair), so would there a be a possibility of walking the whole thing?

OnIlkelyMoorBahtat Tue 25-Feb-14 16:29:49

Oh just seen for your DCs as well, not just you. Hmm, well, have lived in London for 15 years and the shortest walk I've ever had to the nearest tube was 10 mins - most have been 20 minutes (moved around a lot when I was renting!), so - for me - at any rate - it was not a great hassle not to live right next to the tube. Also makes the properties a wee bit cheaper I found!

Felix90 Tue 25-Feb-14 16:30:17

I agree, it depends on how long your commute is. I used to get the train to Sheffield (around 30/40 mins) then walk another 30 minutes to work. It was a nightmare in the winter! Also used to walk 45 minutes each way to my old job with no other commute which was nice when it was good weather but awful in the wind/rain/snow.

I'd probably say about 20 minutes, as it's not too long. Not sure how much this would equate to in distance though. It depends how fast you walk grin

fruitqueen Tue 25-Feb-14 16:45:08

How long would it take to walk say 1/2 mile to the station at a leisurely pace?

whatsagoodusername Tue 25-Feb-14 16:51:12

I'd do 20 minutes, but complain about anything more than 10 grin

MirandaWest Tue 25-Feb-14 16:54:52

The DC and I did a mile walk this morning in about 20 min going at medium pace (they're 10 and 8) so half a mile should be about 10 minutes.

whatsagoodusername Tue 25-Feb-14 16:55:48

My station is 1 mile, takes me 15-20 minutes with a double pushchair, leisurely pace.

HelpfulChap Tue 25-Feb-14 16:56:56

The general rule of thumb for Londoners is 10 mins. Any further is regarded as cruel & unusual punishment.

Personally, i think 15mins is perfectly acceptable.

fruitqueen Tue 25-Feb-14 17:03:50

Thank you for the feedback. So looks like it would not be wise to be looking at properties which are more than 1/2 mile up or down the road from the station then.

Beastofburden Tue 25-Feb-14 17:05:27

Couldn't you cycle?

Beastofburden Tue 25-Feb-14 17:05:50

to the tube, I mean, not all the way

My nearest station (overground) is just over a mile away. I walked it with my three-year old last week. It took us half an hour.

A half-mile from the station would take a reasonably fit adult (on level ground) around 10 minutes.

I'd say 20 minutes was a reasonable walk. Longer than that could be a pain.

Nancy66 Tue 25-Feb-14 17:18:26

15 mins would prob be my cut off.

BirthdayMuppet Tue 25-Feb-14 17:24:20

At 18 and 16 I'd expect them to be able and willing to walk up to half an hour to get to a station tbh. Brilliant if you can get somewhere closer, but hardly a deal breaker, or at least it shouldn't be.

fruitqueen Tue 25-Feb-14 17:25:44

Wouldn't want them cycling on a busy road. Besides, where could they store the bicycle once at the station without chances of it being stolen?

specialsubject Tue 25-Feb-14 17:26:51

half a mile can be practically crawled in 10 minutes.

2 miles is fine, although less pleasant if beside a busy road. If it is raining and 'office dress' is required, you wear proper shoes and a coat and take a change.

LondonGirl83 Tue 25-Feb-14 17:27:58

10 minutes is my preference with 15 min my cut off. My onwards commute though is easy.

BirthdayMuppet Tue 25-Feb-14 17:29:58

They're 18 and 16, why shouldn't they cycle with the relevant protective equipment?! Also most stations have cycle bars that bikes can be chained to, a decent chain is only about £15-£20.

PPaka Tue 25-Feb-14 17:29:59

I have a couple of different tube stop options, one line is 3 min walk, the other 20mins, but there's buses every 5 minutes
Maybe consider that option too

MirandaWest Tue 25-Feb-14 17:51:54

16 and 18 year olds should be able to cycle (unless they can't ride bikes of course)

PattyMcGinty Tue 25-Feb-14 22:45:34

half a mile is nothing!

SwedishEdith Tue 25-Feb-14 22:50:05

Agree that 1/2 a mile is nothing. But it does depend on the rest of the journey.

PattyMcGinty Tue 25-Feb-14 23:19:20

Does it SwedishEdith?

SwedishEdith Tue 25-Feb-14 23:34:45

Well, 1/2 a mile to the station, 15 min train journey and then over a mile to office/college/whatever on the other side makes the first 1/2 mile part of the whole general ballache of the journey really.

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