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Southern Ridges Walk

The Southern Ridges Walk is a 9 km stroll across the hills of southern Singapore. Singapore is one of the world's most densely populated countries but after a slow start the country has recently put much effort into preserving the bits of greenery that remain, and the Southern Ridges are perhaps the most impressive result. The trail consists of four parks stretching across the western half of Singapore, with impressive bridges allowing pedestrians to cross busy highways. Several parts of the trail are suspended high above the jungle, offering great views of the often surreal contrast between Singapore's ultra-modern buildings and the primeval greenery around the trail. 

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This is about as far from hardcore hiking as you can get in Singapore - the entire main trail is paved or otherwise surfaced. In addition, the section from HortPark to Mount Faber not only needs no equipment, but is perfectly accessible by baby stroller or wheelchair. Most of the trail is even lit at night until midnight or beyond. About the only equipment you will need is comfy shoes and an umbrella. Toilets, drink vending machines and rest shelters are scattered along the trail and there are several full-service restaurants and cafes along as well. The trail is best visited early in the morning before it gets hot or late in the afternoon after 5 pm. The sunset from the bridges and other viewpoints can be stunning.

Forests in the Southern Ridges by Jpatokal

Getting In
The Southern Ridges Walk can be accessed at numerous points. From west to east, the most common options are:

  • Bus 197 from Clementi MRT Station to "Opp Jin Tai Primary School" bus stop - Next to Clementi Woods and a short distance to West Coast Park (via West Coast Link). 
  • Kent Ridge MRT Station (Exit B) - Turn left as you come out of the station and the first street you'll come to is Science Park Drive. You need to follow the street eastwards to get to Kent Ridge Park by the lake.
  • HarbourFront MRT Station (Exit D) - Right at the start point of the Marang Trail to Mount Faber Park.
  • Bus 409 (weekends only) - From Seah Im Bus Interchange (opposite HarbourFront MRT) to Mount Faber Park.
  • HarbourFront MRT Station (Exit D) - Provides easy access to the base of Mount Faber and the stairway leading to the top. 

Forest walk by Jpatokal

The walk is as sanitised as you would expect in Singapore. The trails are dotted with signs warning visitors that (out in the untamed forest) it's possible for a branch to fall. Don't feed any monkeys you may encounter, as not only will you encourage them to pester humans but this is illegal as well. Remember to bring along a bottle of drinking water during the walk.

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