On 6th November, we decided to traverse along Singapore’s Southern Ridges. Our initial plan was to visit Coney Island near Punggol, but a certain well-known website alerted us to some safety concerns (still, we’re intending to go there one day; watch this space!). Thus, we turned our attention to a well-established nature trail, one that many would frequently see on social media.
The Southern Ridges is a 9 kilometre trail linking several parks and hiking trails and extends from Harbourfront Station to Kent Ridge Station. As much as we wished to complete the full trail, we decided to walk part of the trail, starting at Harbourfront MRT and ending at Labrador Park MRT.
1) Marang Trail
We started quite late in the afternoon (5pm) at the Marang Trail. We should caution that mosquitoes love to indulge in our homo sapiens blood, so we advise bringing some insect repellents and/or mosquito patches! Along the way we saw some colonial houses, and took the opportunity to bask in nature.
2) Faber Trail
The trail led us to the top of Mount Faber, where we were presented with the opportunity to catch some of Singapore’s finer landscapes. This trail was the most interesting because we got to see a mini-Merlion, murals about Singapore, a Danish church and some breathtaking views of Central Singapore.
3) Henderson Waves
It was dark when we reached Henderson Waves; although people prefer to go there in the daytime, we enjoyed the mellow contrast of the bridge at night. Damian enjoyed the walk as it was his first time on the iconic walkway.
We would definitely return next time (when the sun is up)!
4) Hilltop and Forest Walk
The next path was indeed one with nature; we walked amongst the treetops, enjoying the serenity that few travelled upon.
5) Alexandra Arch
The Alexandra Arch can be found at the end of the Treetop Walk; that would have led us on to the Kent Ridge Trail (where the Flora Walk, Hortpark and the Canopy Walk can be found). However in view of time, we had to cut short and instead decided to head towards Labrador Park MRT, along Alexandra Road.
All in all, it was a wonderful experience (especially for our legs!!). This is a side of Singapore that few people get to enjoy. If you ever feel like setting aside your busy-ness for a day, we definitely recommend the Southern Ridges as a place to wind down and enjoy nature. We look forward to returning to some of the trails during the day, and we hope to complete the rest (the Flora Walk, HortPark and Canopy Walk) soon!
Here’s the map of the Southern Ridges, which was very useful to us!
Finally, we leave you with some Polaroids we took along the way!