Walking the Southern Ridges Trail
After taking a day to recover from the 40-km cycling journey, I decided to try out the Southern Ridges trail together with Dong Wei and Kok Hong.
It’s basically this trail that extends from West Coast Park to Harbourfront, passing through a number of parks and walks. National Parks Board states the the trail stretches for 9-km, but measurements by others put the total walking distance to be almost 15-km.
Normally people would start from Harbourfront to West Coast, but we decided to do it the other way because (1) West Coast Park was nearer to our homes, and (2) ending at Harbourfront, we can reward ourselves at VivoCity which is just right there.
So, here’s a visual tour of the journey.
West Coast Park
We started off from West Coast Park, after having lunch there (no prizes for guessing where). From there, it took some crossing of roads before we arrived at the nearby Clementi Woods Park.
Clementi Woods Park
Clementi Woods Park is this small park that goes uphill, right between West Coast Road (at the bottom) and NUS (at the top). We went up and NUS appeared directly in front of us.
National University of Singapore
It’s quite strange why the trail directs us to cut straight through NUS, along Kent Ridge Road, but I guess it’s the fastest way to Science Park. Apparently it’s part of the Kent Ridge Heritage Trail.
Science Park II (Or near it, at least)
We took a wrong turn after emerging from Kent Ridge Road, so instead of heading towards Science Park I and going through it, we ended up passing along Science Park II through South Buona Vista Road. It’s this really sad road that winds through some forested area.
Kent Ridge Park
Reaching Kent Ridge Park, we had a climb up a really steep hill. The park has also adopted some Army theme, with some tanks lying around. Quite a deserted place.
The Canopy Walk trail links Kent Ridge Park with Hort Park, and provides a very impressive view of the surroundings.
HortPark is this gardening area which looks pretty new. I’m not too sure what else to make of it.
Between HortPark and Alexandra Arch, is this little path with a few different species of flowers along the side. Supposed to be some sort of a ‘floral walk’, but it’s nothing impressive.
This bridge has always caught my eye whenever my Dad drives past it. The design is somewhat interesting, but the bridge isn’t.
Probably one of the best parts of the trail, it’s a 1.3-km walk on a metal bridge that links through the forest. It offers quite a nice bird’s eye view of the surrounding greenery.
Hilltop Walk / Telok Blangah Hill Park
The Forest Walk ends on Telok Blangah Hill which has a park on it. Nothing significant. In fact, I didn’t even realise that it was a landmark of the trail so I didn’t take any photos. Just pavement, roads, and forest. Quite a few joggers in the park.
The highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore, it connects Mount Faber and Telok Blangah Hill. Excellent design and offered good views at… the roads and cars below. Uh. But it’s still good. It just is.
Faber Trail / Mount Faber Park
Well, it’s Mount Faber. So, of course it’s nice. Probably one of the best places to view the Singapore landscape from. But it’s an uphill climb, so you have to work out to be rewarded. At the peak, there are viewing platforms with binoculars where you can enjoy views of southern Singapore and neighboring islands.
The finale of the Southern Ridges trail, which goes down Mount Faber, through a forest area with no lights. Hence the caution.
Oh yeah. Oh, oh, yeah. It ends!
The whole journey took about 3.5 hours. Not too long actually, so you won’t really be that tired. We went on to VivoCity, but that’s another story altogether.