Panoramic vistas, unique birds and forest adventures… the Southern Ridges is a surprising path to trek in Singapore.
We love exploring the outside. There’s nothing fairly like contemporary air and strolling amongst tall bushes to take our thoughts off life’s stresses. Assume of it as a type of remedy. That’s why we’re shining a highlight on the Southern Ridges for a hike within the metropolis. Connecting Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, HortPark, Kent Ridge Park and Labrador Nature Reserve, the 10km path has a lot to supply for hikers (together with panoramic views). It’s additionally good for novices ‘cos you may get off the path anytime and proceed one other day. FYI: totally different routes take you to totally different finish factors, so plan forward. Time to get these mountain climbing footwear out!
How you can stroll the Southern Ridges in Singapore
1. Mount Faber Park
The hike begins pretty simply on the cable automobile and eating vacation spot, Mount Faber Peak. Tip: in case you can’t go up a great view, head as much as the highest of Mount Faber for spectacular sights. Strolling downhill to Faber Stroll (on the prime of Marang Path, which is conveniently positioned close to HarbourFront MRT station), you’ll go by eating places like Arbora Hilltop Backyard and Bistro. Don’t overlook to snap a pic with the colorful stairs on the backside!
Subsequent, take a detour down a hilly path resulting in Telok Blangah Rise. Right here, you’ll discover a beautiful chook’s eye view of the close by neighbourhood and cityscape amongst lush foliage. Hit pause for a bit to breathe within the contemporary morning air, and stretch these muscle groups out earlier than heading again as much as Faber Stroll and persevering with your method to the following vacation spot.
2. Henderson Waves
Anybody who’s ever been to Henderson Waves will agree: this 274m-long wood-panelled bridge is a marvel. The award-winning, wave-like construction is made up of seven curved ‘ribs’ for shelter and is the best pedestrian bridge in Singapore. This one’s a simple, breezy stroll. Come after nightfall in case you’re trying to catch night time metropolis views and see the bridge lit up with LED lights (from 7pm to 7am). It’s additionally an amazing spot to observe the sundown.
3. Telok Blangah Hill Park
Subsequent in your hike? Sembcorp Forest of Giants, the place you’ll discover towering bushes, and The Alkaff Mansion, a stunning constructing dwelling to Wildseed Cafe and Una. Be at liberty to pop by for a fast refresher! After this brief detour, you’ll end up on Forest Stroll above Telok Blangah Hill Park. The elevated walkway takes guests on a 1.3km path by secondary forest cover.
In the event you’d wish to enterprise into the forest at floor stage, climb down the metal construction’s steps and discover the Earth Path. However the terrain beneath is tough and could also be muddy (relying on climate circumstances). Phrase of recommendation: don’t depart your perch on the treetops in case you’ve obtained model new trainers on.
4. Alexandra Arch
On the finish of Forest Stroll, you’ll step onto Alexandra Arch, an 80m-long bridge that resembles a leaf opening up over the highway. It’s a fast and simple stroll, however in case you occur to be right here throughout nightfall, linger a short while longer for a vibrant show of colour-changing LED lights.
Step apart, Singapore Botanic Gardens. HortPark is a significant contender for probably the most lovely park within the metropolis. Getting into the 23-hectare park, you’ll end up on the well-manicured HortLawn. It sits subsequent to the Greenhouse, which shows beautiful crops and gardening gadgets on the market. You may also seize a drink on the widespread Cover cafe and watch the world go by.
Stroll additional in and also you’ll discover a slew of attractive themed gardens together with ones stuffed with butterflies, edible greens, playgrounds and nostalgic parts. There’s even a therapeutic one for the aged with a surprising number of flora and greenery on show.
6. Cover Stroll
From the tip of HortPark, proceed trekking upslope to a park connector that results in Kent Ridge Park. It’s been fairly a hike however don’t quit simply but! Make your method to Cover Stroll, a 280m-long elevated boardwalk that gives one other secondary forest expertise. You’ll be rewarded with candy views of the close by panorama.
7. Kent Ridge Park
When you’re achieved immersing your self in nature, pop into the newly-revamped Reflections at Bukit Chandu. Right here’s the place you possibly can find out about Singapore’s WWII historical past in an immersive expertise that tells the story of the Malay Regiment within the Battle of Pasir Panjang. Subsequent, observe the path to Kent Ridge Park, the place one of many closing battles for Singapore came about throughout WWII. Go bird-watching, mountain biking or just benefit from the pure great thing about the park. Don’t miss out on the pond on the east aspect – it’s dwelling to turtles and fish!
8. Berlayer Creek
For an alternate route of the Southern Ridges, skip HortPark and go within the route of Berlayer Creek after Alexandra Arch. You’ll trek previous a pavilion subsequent to Labrador Park MRT station and end up immersed in one of many two final mangroves in southern Singapore. Peer out the edges of the path to identify natural world, and watch because the waters develop extra crystal clear as you strategy the ocean.
9. Labrador Nature Reserve
Ah, the fantastic thing about contemporary air and sea breezes. Preserve an eye fixed out for iconic buildings comparable to Dragon’s Enamel Gate, Purple Beacon and the Outdated Fort Entrance for a glimpse of historical past. Oh, and wave hiya to Sentosa Island throughout the waters! When you attain Labrador Nature Reserve, you’ll come throughout coastal cliffs and rocky shores. Discover the varied number of habitats and savour scenic landscapes earlier than you finish your hike.
Alternatively, in case you’re up for extra outside adventures, transcend the Southern Ridges path and make your approach in direction of Harbourfront Stroll for a hearty meal (and funky air-con!) at VivoCity.
Now, who’s able to discover the sights and sounds of the Southern Ridges?