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“Very enjoyable picturesque walk”

The Southern Ridges
Ranked #27 of 846 things to do in Singapore
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Owner description: Bridging the hills of Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park and Kent Ridge Park, the Southern Ridges combine invigorating exercise with spectacular views across Singapore.
Reviewed December 21, 2012

I found it exciting to do west to east, though a bit confusing coming upon the children's garden from what felt like the back entrance. Not a difficult walk, but bring plenty of water for that Singapore sun! Note: the walk up to the pagoda for great views -- not worth it. I thought the views were just as good from the waves bridge.

1  Thank LClaire99
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Reviewed December 18, 2012 via mobile

We were so delighted and happy to find this lovely hike in the midst of Singapore. My husband and I aren't into shopping, so when we had a stopover in this city for a couple of days, we quickly realized that we'd be stuck in a bunch of malls (after checking out Little India, Chinatown, and the Bay Gardens, of course!) if we didn't find something interesting to do outdoors. If you're here during one of the rainy seasons, then I recommend starting the walk from the western end, and then stopping at one of the restaurants at the Faber Hill section of the hike (which is near the end of the hike on the east side) for either a drink or supper. We never saw the monkeys that live amidst the forests that the path goes through, but we very much enjoyed walking on the elevated paths at the tops of the trees, and taking in the sounds of the birds and cicadas. If I'm ever in Singapore again, I'd definitely hike this trail again.

1  Thank Heather C
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

It is hard to believe that you are in the middle of one of world's finance centres.the Southern Ridges is a series of parks connected various walkways. We started at The Reflections at Bukit Chandu and made our way via Holt Park, the stunning Forest Walk and Henderson Wave to Mt. Faber. The Faber Bistro is a great place for a lunch or refreshment after the walk.

2  Thank Stef2230
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

This was a walk that we had not even heard of until seeing it reviewed on Trip Advisor, and it turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip to Singapore, and a break from the built-up areas of the city. We followed the directions of a previous reviewer and started at Kent Park MRT. Unfortunately we came out at the wrong station exit (by the hospital) and started walking in the wrong direction. After a while we realised our mistake and turned around, and walked to the end of Science Park Drive where a path lead into Kent Park and the start of our walk. We found the walk to be sufficiently signposted along the way, and had toilet facilities, soft drinks and water dispensers, and there was a restaurant part way in Hort Park. According to the National Parks Board the Southern Ridges is some 9km in length, and I estimate that roughly 2km of that is a raised canopy walkway. It's quite a strenuous walk, particularly in the heat, but well worth it. However, although we did see some youngsters attempting the walk with their parents, I would suggest all but the adventurous type would find it quite boring. It did take us some hours to complete the walk, but we were strolling rather than hiking.

Thank Molesey19
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Singapore is so urban that it takes imagination from its planners to provide enough green space and trails for all its inhabitants. Fortunately this is a great example: a linked series of short trails running along the ridges from NUS to Vivo City, each one with its own quirks and sights.

The trail is best walked from west to east and there are a number of starting points. To me the first interesting one is the beginning of the Canopy Walk which starts near the top of Pepys Road beyond Reflections at Bukit Chandu (worth visiting this before you start if you are into WWII history and haven't been there before).

The Canopy Walk does what it says on the tin: it is a high boardwalk built among the tops of the tree, giving an interesting perspective of the forest and including some useful information boards so you know what trees you are looking at.

Next comes the Floral Walk and Hort Park: you snake down the hill on a windy brick path and then through the wide formal gardens (there are 40 distinct small gardens to look at) and greenhouses of Hort Park. At the end of Hort Park there's a cafe which used to do quite good Thai food but is now reputedly rather poor: but at least you can get drinks. You can also start the walk from the car-park here if you want a shorter distance, as we often do (it's about an hour from here to the end). After the car park comes the Alexandra Arch, a handsome bridge with a metal geometric leaf-like design spanning Aexandra Road.

After the bridge, proceed up the metal walkway which forms the Forest Walk. This is quite a climb and takes you all the way back up to the top of the ridge, winding its way through the forest near the top, again at the level of the canopy for viewing. Quite often you will see birds here, and monkeys (keep your plastic bags hidden from them to avoid their pestering and do as the signs say and do not feed them). Views are excellent to the south from here.

After leaving the metal walkway, you continue along the forested ridge past or through a couple of outdoor gym areas, and then up a hill to the start of the Henderson Waves bridge. This bridge is even more of an architectural joy than the Alexanda Arch: it's over 120 feet in the air and spans the valley across to Mount Faber. It is designed to look a bit like a paper streamer in the wind, and inside it has a number of curves and steps enjoyed mostly by skateboarders. Views from here are also stunning and it's quite common to see couples having their wedding photos taken here.

At the end of the bridge, keep straight ahead on the Mount Faber loop. Don't bother taking the longer loop to the right - there are no decent views, just an extra kilometer to trudge if you go that way.

At the top of Mount Faber you see the Jewel Box, with several restaurants. We usually stop here at Sapphire for dinner: it's relatively informal and used to sweaty walkers, despite what it says on their website, and the once more the view as the sun sets and dark settles in is one of the best in Singapore.

Finally, if you don't get a cab from the Jewel Box, make your way down the steps which make up the Marang Trail to Vivo City and the shock of being in the largest and busiest (and most confusing) mall in Singapore - but at least there are plenty more places for food and drink if you need them.

13  Thank MacDaddyinSing
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