Singapore is full of walk and hiking trails, from heritage trails taking you through different cultures in Singapore to nature trails showing you the greener side of Singapore. This weekend a few of my friends and my self thought we would spend our Saturday afternoon going for a walk along the southern ridge trail. This is a 9km trail made up of eight different trails. We took the to MRT and got off at Kent Ridge station, that was the start point and hopefully we ended at VivoCity shopping center at Harbour Front where we already a table to have steam boat for dinner.
From the MRT station we headed off to Kent Ridge park, a 47-hectare public park in Western Singapore and is a popular location for nature lovers and tourist. The park was big, with many hills which reminded me of Sheffield. Not long from the start we thought we would take a short cut through the woods, which were down hill. We thought since we went up, why not go down and there were an impressive man made path which can be seen in the photos. I enjoyed walking through the woods with my improvised machete made from a branch, walking through the woods reminded me of my childhood playing in the woods, climbing trees and making a den. We must have been in the woods for about half an hour going round in circles until we saw a main road and then decided that we were lost and better stick to the road. Following Jen Yun’s trusted satnav on her phone we ended up after walking up more uphill roads, until we reached another entrance into Kent Ridge Park. Huh! I thought we were supposed to be in Kent Ridge Park, how did we ended up getting out of it. To make things worst, we were walking in Singapore’s afternoon sun and Singapore is not a cold country. My t-shirt was soaking wet, like I just finished a muay thai class. O well, I guess it will make the day more interesting.
The park was big, and we found an area of the park which had like a natures version of the gym. With pull up bars, logs and ropes. Being like a kid in a park I had to have a little play, climbing on beams, attempting pull ups and embarrassing myself climbing up a rope. Later on, we came across a garden with exotic flowers and plants and also art displays with nature theme, there were even a car sawed in half with plants growing from the inside. What’s that all about? Heading into the eastern side off the park we came across a 280m canopy walk with information boards providing educational information on the flora and fauna in the park. There were even a warning sign warning people about monkeys within the area what what to do if one approaches, however I was a bit disappointed that we did not see any monkeys. The canopy walk showed me a more tropical side to Singapore, being high in in the forest surrounded by trees and nature.
After the canopy and more uphill walking, we ended up at Henderson Wave bridge. A 274 meter bridge high above Henderson Road. The bridge is a popular locations amongst photographers due to its wave form design making it popular for wedding and model shoots. There are LED lamps which light up the bridge every evening with shelters where we chilled out a bit after 3 hours of walking. After a quick break we continued our walk and heading towards Mount Faber via the Faber Trail. When we reach Mount Faber we thought we could cheat a little by taking the cable cars down the hill to VivoCity, but we had to abandoned the idea because it would cost us s$100 (50 pounds) each to ride it so we thought forget it and head downhill along the Marang Trail. Before we did though, we enjoyed the night view of Singapore for a little while before heading down hill taking us through another forest. It was late by this time and the trail had no lights, we all had to use the torch on our phone to light up the path and being TRicky I could not resist but to spook the girls a few times :o.
After four and a half hours of walking, VivoCity was in sight and I was so happy reaching the final destination. I could not wait to go into the shopping mall to enjoy the air conditioning even though I must have smelt like a baboons back side. We made it to the restaurant a little later than expected but that did not spoil the night as there were good food, great company, the restaurant is located by the sea and we enjoyed the fireworks display from Sentosa Island. We finished off the night sharing a ice cream fondue from Haagen Dazs before heading off home for a well deserve cold shower :o.