WALKS FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY TO ENJOY
Singapore is known for its luscious green surroundings and beautiful architecture, which means you can find fantastic walking trails throughout this beautiful country. However, sometimes when you least expect it, there is one at your doorstep. From nature reserves to hiking trails, Singapore has many options, so here are a few of my favourite walks in Singapore.
The Best Walks in Singapore
The Green Corridor
This 24-kilometre green corridor, once the railway line from Singapore to Malaysia, is now an oasis of greenery that provides a beautiful location to hike, walk and jog. This charming little track allows locals to combine some exercise with beautiful surroundings, even worthy of an Instagram shot.
You are best to start at the Bukit Timah Railway station (the closest MTR is King Albert Park), which is just a short distance walk to the start of this nature trail. The best route stops at Alexandria Village Food Court, which should take approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes (as there is a little work in process, which may see you take a few detours along the way). Ending at the Hawker Market for a well-earned treat.
Sungei Buloh wetland
Buloh wetland reserve seems like a trek, but I can promise you it is worth the travel. This nature park has a little bit of everything: education, wildlife and lots of coverage to ensure the walk is enjoyable.
For avid bird spotters, plenty of wildlife keeps you and the rest of the family entertained for hours. You can be swept away by the beauty of this place, and it is hard to believe you are still in Singapore. With Malaysia in the distance, this wetland reserve is a fun day out for everyone.
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
Bukit Timah Nature is one of my favourites because you will find a few hills, which are uncommon in Singapore; better still, you will reach the summit in around 45 minutes at a leisurely pace and can be done at any fitness level.
The Bukit Timah was first established in 1883 and was one of Singapore’s first forest reserves. It was also declared an ASEAN heritage park in 2011 and is recognised as having historical importance, with the Bukit Timah Hill being the last place British Military stood before the British Army surrounded.
If you feel like you have more fuel in the tank, keep walking for another 6 km, and you will reach the Macritichie reservoir.
Macritchie has always been the most popular hiking trail I have visited in Singapore for several reasons. First, this nature walk is close to the city but feels like you are miles away. With excellent walking paths approximately 10 km long, there is enough wildlife to keep the kids entertained for most of the walk.
Although the treetop walk is currently closed until May 2021, there is plenty to see in Macritchie. With monkeys galore, you might see a snake or two if you look close enough!
Singapore Botanic Garden
I know I have written about Singapore Botanic Garden before, but it always intrigues me that I can see something new every time I visit. There is so much to love about these gardens, whether you discover it from head to toe or grab a picnic basket and spend the afternoon playing with the kids.
The National Orchard Garden is free entry, so it is a great time to explore this part of The Botanic Garden. If it is an educational experience you are after, no problem! Head over to Heritage Museum for a little bit of Singapore history.
Finish off at Bee’s knees for brunch or lunch, depending on the time of day you go exploring and then treat yourself to guilt-free ice cream at Juju’s bar, where the ice cream is made from all-natural ingredients with half the calories of regular ice cream.
This hike starts at Harbourfront MRT; take in Mount Faber Park and Henderson Waves; stop here to take in the award-winning bridge 274m long and is worth taking the opportunity to enjoy a photo or two. Then, continue along and finish at Kent Ridge Park. With loads of variety, lots to see and some beautiful views, it is worth the 10km trail.
The battle of Pasir Panjang Ridge is an integral part of Singapore’s history. It can be seen throughout Kent Ridge Park as a reminder of the brave soldiers that defended this country against the Japanese. However, my favourite part of this hike is the canopy walk which will see you walking 280 metres above on a boardwalk, where you will find yourself spotting a beautiful bird or two.
Thomson nature park.
Start at upper Pierce Reservoir, where this beautiful trail starts your journey. Stand alongside this tranquil lakeside and take a few photos before heading to Lower Pierce Reservoir. You can be mistaken by thinking you are in another country!
Here you will find many monkeys who feel right at home with you walking past them as they take no notice of you unless you have snacks they can smell a mile away! This enjoyable trail will find you weaving in and out of tracks of your choosing, with paths leading to many beautiful green nature trails.
Stop halfway and enjoy lunch at Casuarina Curry, where you can feast on a delicious Indian meal at an even better price. Watch them make your meal in front of you where they may have a little flip or two up their sleeve.
Sentosa Jungle Walk
We all know that there is plenty of things to do on Sentosa Island, but did you know that Sentosa has a beautiful jungle walk at your fingertips? Start at the Merlion and take the escalator to the top; pass the Luge and Skyride; here, you will find the nature trails.
There are a few trails to choose from, and if you are anything like me, getting lost can be pretty easy if you aren’t taking notice of the signs. However, you will be surprised at what you find here, from Sentosa Nature Discovery (free admission) to Mount Imbah Battery, a little bit of something for everyone.
Fort Canning Park
Fort Canning Park is found beside Orchard Road; it won’t take long to do a lap of the park; however, there is more to Fort Canning than a lap around the outside path.
Step inside, and you will find a plethora of history, from English gravestones to Sir Stamford Raffles’s house of residence. Stop and take in all the signs because there is more to this park than you think. In every corner, you find a little hidden gem.
You could spend an entire day here exploring many little areas of the park and engulfing yourself in Singapore’s history by starting at the Battlebox with a self-guided tour of the war tunnels of world war II.
Other places worth mentioning are the Pancur Larangan (or the Forbidden Spring), Raffles Garden, The Sang Nila Utama Garden, Spice Garden Archaeological Excavation Site and National Museum Singapore.
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