Hey there! For all our long-time readers, you might find this week’s entry familiar to one of our first posts, namely our hiking trip along the Southern Ridges (you can check out that post here)! This week’s entry is likewise focused on keeping fit and healthy, so we embarked on a long trail along Singapore’s forgotten railway tracks!
Last week, we spoke about our adventure to one of Singapore’s iconic landmarks, the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station. As a result of the cessation of train activities to Tanjong Pagar (nowadays trains from Malaysia stop at Woodlands), most of the railway tracks stretching from Tanjong Pagar to Bukit Timah and beyond have been removed and is untouched. Naturally, this opportunity creating a ‘green corridor’ trail for adventurers and hikers to follow!
This trail was recommended by our good friend Sarah, and together with her friend Sebastian, we embarked on what would be a lengthy and challenging walk down Singapore’s very own Green Corridor! We should mention at the outset that we did not manage to complete the trail, but we hope to complete the second stage of our hike in the near future!
The meeting point was Hillview MRT, where the entrance to the Green Corridor Trail was quite inconspicuous…
The walking route from The Rail Mail (near Hillview MRT) to the Bukit Timah Railway Station (which has been gazetted as a conservation site) is approximately 3km and is estimated to take 2.5 to 3 hours. Along the way, we passed by some residential estates but mainly encountered nature and foliage (like, a lot). Some of the railway bridges remained untouched, providing the setting for popular and unique photos!
After about 1.5 hours of just walking (and taking water breaks, that’s important!), we reached a significant pitstop: the Bukit Timah Railway Station! Constructed in 1903, this station was designed like many small town stations in the United Kingdom and served as a crossing loop station (where trains could overtake one another). Since the tracks only allowed one train to pass in one direction, tokens were passed from the driver to the station master; these tokens came to be recognised as authority for utilising the tracks.
We decided to take a stop to admire the old station. Unlike the station at Tanjong Pagar, the Bukit Timah station is open to the public in the day (and not on public holidays only)!
After our exploration at the Bukit Timah station, we carried on towards Tanjong Pagar in hopes of completing this massive achievement. As the trail stretched through the heartlands of Singapore, we saw less of nature and more of Singapore’s unencumbered development. It was a good hour or two before we decided to cut short our hike and exit near Buona Vista MRT; by then we had completed almost 5 km in the span of 3 hours!
Overall, we enjoyed a good workout from the hike, and despite not meeting our goal of reaching Tanjong Pagar station, we were more than pleased with our progress! The key to have a fun hike is the company, and we were glad to be joined by Sarah and Sebastian! We also stress the importance of being well prepared i.e. good walking shoes, sufficient hydrating fluids and of course, a camera! We hope that you will be able to enjoy the Green Corridor Trail as much as we had!
Till next time,