This is the southern-most part of mainland Singapore that is hilly and forested. It is called the Southern Ridges that includes Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, HortPark, Kent Ridge Park and Labrador Nature Reserve. From the high points of the Southern Ridges, we could see Keppel Bay, Sentosa, Telok Blangah housing estates in a distance.
For this walk, we covered three parks, Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park and HortPark. We did not go further into Kent Ridge Park. This will be kept for another day. As for Labrador Nature Reserve, we had walked this park before.
We started at 8.00 am walking the Marang Trail (Exit D of HarbourFront MRT Station) and ended the walk at HortPark. The trails are clearly marked on walking paths and sign-posted and it was easy to navigate.
The start of the walk was a steep climb to the top of Mount Faber Park. First stop was Mount Faber Station where one can catch the cable car to Sentosa. Next we walked the Faber Walk with the highest point called the Faber Point. Busload of tourists descended at Faber Point to catch a vantage point view of Telok Blangah housing estates and Keppel Bay and Sentosa to the south.
We proceeded to Henderson Wave, an overhead pedestrian bridge that cuts across Henderson Road. It is so called because of the wavy architecture of the bridge. On crossing the Henderson Wave, we got to the Telok Blangah Hill Park. This place is a forested hilly area with steel walking bridges that span several kilometres. This is called the Forest Walk.
Leaving the Telok Blangah Hill Park we came to another overhead pedestrian bridge called the Alexandra Arch that goes over the Alexandra Road. From here, we moved to HortPark as our final destination. We spent some time here viewing the collection of theme gardens. HortPark serves to engage visitors and gardening enthusiasts and encourage them to embrace greenery into their lifestyle. (Source: HortPark brochure).
Friday morning was spent walking the trails of the Southern Ridges, experiencing the views from two high points of Mount Faber and Telok Blangah Hill. It is amazing that we could walk the hilly regions and forested areas of Singapore set amongst the concrete jungle of housing estates to the north and busy Keppel Harbour to the south. From the two peaks on this walk, we could see far and the view was still breathtaking even they are not the highest peaks of Singapore.
The distance covered was 7.5 km of about 13,000 steps. Morning walk was 3 hours.
You can get more information and map from NParks website.