Lives in London, United Kingdom
Since Sep. 2010
Scenic Walking Areas, Hiking Trails
Bodies of Water
Nature & Wildlife Areas
The Green Corridor is a unique 23km long footpath which uses a disused railway line that stretches from the centre of Singapore right up to the Woodlands Checkpoint and the causeway into Malaysia. Parts of the route still have the original track and sleepers in place, whilst most would appear to be a green path similar to the railway walks in Britain. Some of the railway infrastructure such as stations, platforms, bridges etc, are still in place. Little known by Singaporeans, let alone overseas visitors, it’s a unique walk which embraces both countryside and habitation. The walk consists of railway cuttings and embankments, tunnels, bridges, thick jungle, etc, and various wildlife including monkeys can be seen along the way. In parts you are walking through jungle without a building in sight, the next you are crossing a bridge over a busy road junction, before disappearing into jungle again. There are various places to join the walk, but one of the easiest is to take the MRT to Clement station and then take bus 170 for about eleven stops to Rifle Range Road. On exiting the bus turn left and you will see the railway bridge about 20m away. Walk up Rifle Range Road to join the Green Corridor, and once there decide which direction you wish to walk. In any event there are plenty of bus stops along the route when you tire of walking. Free admission.
A 9km walk that links numerous parks with bridges, scenic views, and a tree top canopy walkway, which I estimate is roughly 2km in length. The walk is best started at Mt.Faber, near the cable car station, from where you have great views over Sentosa Island. From there the walk is largely downhill and makes for a more comfortable experience, specially in hot weather. To get to Mt.Faber take the MRT to Harbourfront station, and then follow the ‘Marang Trail’ signs, which lead you up quite a steep and strenuous flight of steps to Mt.Faber, taking a good 10-15 minutes. Alternatively, take a taxi from Harbourfront MRT for just a few dollars. The route of the walk takes through Mount Faber Park, Alexander Park, Telok Blanch Hill Park, Hort Park, Kent Ridge Park, and pass over the Henderson Waves Bridge, purportedly the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore. Along the way it’s possible to see a variety of wildlife including monkeys. If you only wish to cover part of the route then there are several points along the way from where you can either pick up a local bus, or take the MRT, back to the centre. Although there are a few refreshment areas/drink machines along the route, it’s still advisable to take plenty of water, which you top-up from drinking fountains along the way. A great way to see why they call Singapore ‘the garden city’. One of the great ‘free’ things to do in Singapore.
Large botanical gardens divided into themed areas with lakes, ponds, waterfalls, fountains, streams, and statuary. The gardens are criss crossed by numerous paths so it's worth picking up a map at the entrance before you start your visit. Lookout for the bricks made by Australian prisoners of war. As a sign of rebellion they imprinted an arrow symbol into many of the brick which represented the War Department. The gardens also contain the National Orchid Garden and refreshments are available. If you start your walk at the Botanical Gardens MRT entrance, you can walk the length of the gardens and then exit at the Tanglin Gate entrance from where there are numerous buses to return to the centre. Suitable for wheelchair users. Free admission to the Botanic Gardens, and a small charge for admission to the National Orchid Garden.
If you're looking for break from the hustle and bustle of the city, and seeking the Singapore of bygone days then head for Paula Ubin Island. It’s just a 15 minute ferry boat trip from Changi Village ferry terminal. Once there you can hire a taxi or bicycle, or simply walk around the Island using the various marked footpaths/tracks. The Island is a haven of peace and tranquillity, and looks I suspect as much as old Singapore would have looked many years ago. There are a few café’s and restaurants, but make sure you carry plenty of water. To get there take the MRT to Tampines then the No. 29 bus to Changi Village. From there it's just a two minutes walk to the ferry terminal. The ferry costs roughly £2.50 (S$5) return for the 15 minute trip.
A beautiful nature park featuring a lake with cliff high walls formed from a disused quarry, and surrounded by jungle with numerous brick built paths, and a WW2 memorial to both Allied and Japanese soldiers killed in the battle for Singapore. There is a large children’s play area and toilet facilities near the lake, but no refreshment facilities to speak of. The area from the main entrance to the lake is suitable for wheelchair users. There are car parks at the top of the hill, or just outside the main entrance. To get there by public transport take bus 61 from Harbourfront MRT and alighted at the Church of St Mary of the Angels. From there it’s a five minute walk to the entrance (turn left as you exit the bus). Free Admission.
A large reservoir featuring a park and nature reserve, with numerous trails of varying lengths up to 11km. There is a 3km raised broadwalk along the waters edge called the Petai Trail for those wanting to stay by the reservoir, or the MacRitchie Trail, featuring a tree top walk, which is about 11km in length. You will almost certainly see numerous monkeys along any of the trails. The reservoir area has restaurant and toilet facilities. To get to the main entrance take the MRT to Dhoby Ghaunt station, and then bus 162 or 162M direct to the entrance. Free admission.
This part of the Northern Eastern Riverine loop, which apparently runs for 27kms. The Punggol section is a small portion of this, and includes the Serangoon Reservoir and Lor Halus Wetlands. It would appear to be a fairly recent introduction judging by the new bridges and pathways, and may have been created to cater for the massive housing construction currently underway. The area is well signposted with directions and maps, and visitors can easily choose just how far they wished to walk. To get there take the MRT to Punggol, and then transferring onto the LRT and take the single carriage train to Riviera station. On exiting the station (exit B) there is a small path right in front of you that passes the police station, and continues past Popeyes restaurant to the Punggol Waterway. There is a small ornate Chinese temple nearby which is called the Sheng Jia Temple (turn right as you exit the station via exit B and walk for about 50m). The walk is fairly leisurely and quiet, if you don’t take into account the occasional noise from nearby construction work and fighter jets spectacularly taking off from the nearby military base, but it is popular with walkers, cyclists and joggers. There are a number of ornate birds nests dangling from trees to be seen en-route. Plenty of places to sit and relax, some of which are covered areas, and there are a number of toilet facilities available with vending machines outside, and there are a number of eateries near Riviera LRT station. Suitable for wheelchair users. Free Admission.
A 10 minute walk from Labrador Park MRT station (turn left on leaving the station). The reserve has a coastal frontage that overlooks Sentosa Island, and a broad-walk over the sea that leads towards HarbourFront Centre. Within the reserve is a small hill covered in tropical forest with paths that criss-cross it, and various reminders of WW2 and years of British involvement dating back to the 1800's. Numerous information boards telling the history of the area can be found throughout the reserve, and toilet facilities together with children’s play area are also available. A small café can be found near the summit of the hill. Worth a visit if just for a tranquil stroll and sea breezes. Suitable in parts for wheelchair users. Free admission.