Located on the Sentosa Island, this 'Cement Hill' commands over wartime relic 'Serapong Fort' built by the British army in late 19th Century serves as one of the best hiking trails in Singapore. This colossal fort, despite being an ancient historic building, has remains of two gun batteries constructed in the early 1800s including the mysterious tunnels and an underground room which the place is still known to have definitely makes it worth the tour. This place serves as a treat for both, history and nature lovers.
Difficulty level: Easy Time Required: Less than 1 hour Altitude: 85 meters
This hiking trail in Singapore consists of bridges connecting parks along the southern ridge of the city. The various trails at Southern Ridges offer panoramic views of the southern part of Singapore and the Southern Islands. The 'Henderson Waves' trail being the highest pedestrian bridge with its impressive architecture is connected to 'Alexandra Arch' through a 1km trail generally known as 'Hilltop Walk'. Southern Ridges are also known to offer stark beauty - a path lined with flowering plants forming a gateway to the gardening hub known as 'Hort Park'. Southern Ridges, with its dynamically changing surroundings as one proceeds, are known for recreation purpose and an ideal venue for bird-watchers and eco-tourists.
Difficulty Level: Moderate-Hard Time Required: 4-5 Hours
A perfect blend of cocktail for historical and recreational experience, Fort Canning Park is an iconic hilltop landmark said to have witnessed Singapore's history to where it stands today. One of the most sought-after venue for concerts and musical evenings for tourists, it is situated in the southeast portion of the Island. The place has an interesting wartime history with an underground bunker known as 'The Battle Box' and 'Sally Port' as major attractions. The place is always lined up with various recreational activities including historical, educational and cultural events covering all age groups. It is also known to have 'Spice Garden', made with the sole purpose of Singapore's agricultural development with spices like clove and nutmeg and is a popular trail for hiking in Singapore.
Difficulty Level: Easy Altitude: 48 meters Park Lighting Hours: 7:00 PM - 7:00 AM
A natural area where six interdependent ecosystems are known to meet and mix, Chek Jawa is among the rare places with a natural rocky shore in Singapore and is situated on the Pulau Ubin island between Singapore and Malaysia. The recent development in the area enables the visitors to get close to the biodiversity including botanical and marine life with the pleasant boardwalk along the coast into the Mangrove area, including a viewing tower meant for observing birdlife and Canopies. The place is known to have abundant natural creatures, rare plants and migratory birds, the reason why it proves to be irresistible to any photographer and nature lover, and a much-visited hiking trail in Singapore.
Difficulty Level: Moderate Time Required: 2-3 Hours
Difficulty Level: Moderate to Difficult Time Required: 1-3 hours Distance: 3.5 km
20. Windsor Nature Park
Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate Time Required: 2-3 hours Distance: 2.85 kms
21. Pulau Ubin's Puaka Hill
Difficulty Level: Moderate to Difficult Time Required: 40 minutes Altitude: 74 metres high
Tips for Hiking in Singapore
Planning on a location: There are numerous trails for hiking in Singapore and the two factors one must consider before picking on a location are the difficulty level and the ability of the hiker.
Clothing: Hiking requires one to choose the right clothes, which are not just suited to the weather but also offer maximum comfort. The minimal requirement which goes for every hike is opting for waterproof, sun protecting and comfortable clothing.
Shoes: Hiking is all about footwear. Support, material, fit and comfort are the key factors that one must look for before selecting their trekking shoes. For long hikes or multi-day expeditions such as the C2C trail, hiking boots are suited. Also, opting for waterproof shoes are a bonus.
Pre-hike training: Beginners at hiking can go through pre-hike training to check their physical strength and abilities.
Hydration: It is important to stay hydrated, so note down the points for refilling their bottles along the trails.
Gears: Carrying navigation devices, torch, sun protection gear, first aid, pocket knife, matches, sleeping bag etc are some basics in the checklist for hiking.
Set yourself free, far from the hustle and bustle of the city and head to these hiking trails in Singapore as the journey never ceases to amaze anyone and has got something for everyone. Happy Hiking!
~This article is written by Neha Nagpal and CR Anjali~