The Southern Ridges comprise a 9-kilometre chain of green, open spaces spanning the rolling hills of Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park and Kent Ridge Park before ending at West Coast Park. Click here to see the map of the connecting trails.
We started off at the Marang Trail which extends from Marang Road, just behind the Harbourfront MRT Station to the cable car station at the Jewel Box on Mount Faber. An easy walk of steps and shaded footpaths through secondary forest, Marang Trail covers an elevation of 70 metres (or the equivalent of a 24-storey building).
Next stop was Faber Walk which meanders through Mount Faber Park, one of the oldest parks in Singapore. At its peak the park offers panoramic views of the southern part of Singapore and the Southern Islands.
At 36 metres above Henderson Road, Henderson Waves is the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore. The bridge has a unique wave-form made up of seven undulating curved steel “ribs” that alternately rise over and under its deck. The curved “ribs” form alcoves that function as shelters with seats within.
A step-free elevated walkway with earth trails meanders through some 50 metres through the secondary forest of Telok Blangah Hill and connects to Alexandra Arch. The raised walkway with heights ranging from 3 to 18 metres brushes the canopy of trees and offers a bird’s eye view of the forest. The modules of the elevated walkway derived their design from the triangular-shaped leaves of the fast-growing “Mile-a-Minute” plant.
The bridge, with its curved deck and tilted arch, spans across Alexandra Road like an opened leaf. At night, the bridge will dazzle with colour-changing LED lights. The lights display will be on between 7pm and 12am daily.
This is Southeast Asia’s first one-stop centre for gardening-related recreational, educational, research and retail activities in a park setting. Some park highlights include attractive themed gardens as well as outdoor display plots showcasing designs and ideas for home gardening. The 23-hectare HortPark connects to Kent Ridge Park via the Canopy Walk.
Information taken from National Parks Singapore.
We didn’t manage to complete the all the trails and will visit Hilltop Walk, Canopy Walk, and see Floral Walk & HortPark more throughly another time. Perhaps we’ll go in the evening so that we can catch the LED light show.