Feeling stressed and overworked as the year-end rush approaches? Take a break with some fresh air and get your exercise at one of Singapore’s most interesting hiking trails. Here are five that will inspire you to move.
Most awe-inspiring view
The Southern Ridges is one of Singapore’s most popular hiking and walking trails, but if you enjoy having a bird’s eye view of your surroundings, there are some specific spots along the Ridges you must visit. At the top of Faber Walk at Mount Faber Park you will be able to look out to the Southern Islands. The Forest Walk at Telok Blangah Hill Park and the Canopy Walk, which connects HortPark to Kent Ridge Park, are elevated trails in the secondary forest that will have you feeling like you are walking on the jungle canopy.
Most rugged trail (Flickr/rosenkranz)
Like a challenge? This rugged trail is perfect for you.
Seasoned hikers who would like to include some incline practice can conquer the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve Summit Trail, which is now open on weekends. To intensify the hike, head on over to the Dairy Farm Nature Park, where there are a few more trails to explore. The Singapore Quarry, which is located at the south-western end of the park, has been converted into a wetland habitat and now offers a viewing platform for visitors – sharp-eyed hikers may even catch a glimpse of a few rare species of dragonflies.
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Most rustic trail (Flickr/Jnzl)
Singapore’s newest nature destination, Coney Island, is a lovely destination to explore, especially if you’d like to get as far away from the urban jungle as possible.
The 50 hectare Coney Island Park has a walking path as well as boardwalks and dirt trails so you can get really up-close and personal with nature. Pack a picnic if you like (remember to toss your trash appropriately) and keep an eye out for some interesting animals such as the spotted wood owl, smooth-coated otter and even a gentle Brahman – although nobody knows how the cow got to the island!
Most animal friendly (Flickr/Split)
This 26 kilometre trail stretches from Tanjong Pagar Railway Station to Woodlands Train Checkpoint, but with various points of entry to the trail, you can decide how far you’d like to walk. On weekends, many dog owners take their pets for long walks along the Green Corridor, making this a great spot to animal watch. Some picturesque (and Instagrammable) sites you can explore along the way include the Bukit Timah Railway Bridge and the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, when it is open on special occasions.
Most suited for city slickers (Flickr/Jnzl)
Ann Siang Hill Park is a green respite in the city.
If the thought of too much wilderness and green makes you uncomfortable, get used to the idea of nature with a leisurely trail walk right within the city. The Ann Siang Hill area offers a surprising amount of greenery, particularly at the Ann Siang Hill Park and Telok Ayer Green, where you’ll be able to admire some majestic tamarind, cinnamon, nutmeg and rain trees. Along the way, you can spot historic buildings such as beautifully preserved Chinese clan houses and the Thian Hock Keng temple, the oldest Chinese temple in Singapore.
The freedom to move begins with healthy and flexible joints, so go forth and take a break from the madding crowd and explore the great outdoors – yes, even in Singapore!
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