Rail Corridor & Bukit Timah Hill Walk with OPS Friends on 26Dec2016

enter rail corridor at greenleaf view amsterdam apartments

enter rail corridor at greenleaf view amsterdam apartments

my OPS friend organised a walk at bukit timah hill this morning 9am on 26.12.2016. ^^

5 of us going.

rail corridor walking map

rail corridor walking map

friend arranged to meet at the visitors’ centre.

i was expecting a full carpark at 9am so thought of going from jln bingka or king albert park.

looking at the map, might as well walk from greenleaf view.

i started a little late about 8.15am, so was about 10mins late at the visitors’ centre.

rail corridor

rail corridor

rail corridor

rail corridor

rail corridor

rail corridor

rail corridor

rail corridor

a pleasant walk along the rail corridor.

drainage project diversion - rail corridor

drainage project diversion – rail corridor

drainage project diversion - rail corridor

drainage project diversion – rail corridor

drainage project diversion - rail corridor

drainage project diversion – rail corridor

soon i arrived at the place where they were doing drainage project & diversion work.

long jump obstacles -muddy caused by heavy vehicles

long jump obstacles -muddy caused by heavy vehicles

the path was dry before this part.

but because of the heavy vehicles & rain, there were muddy parts, so some long jump obstacles enroute. 🙂

rail corridor

rail corridor

joggers

joggers, mostly foreigners

a few joggers.

rail-corridor8

long jump obstacles -muddy caused by heavy vehicles

more muddy parts.

rolling stock

rolling stock at the bukit timah railway station

rolling stock

rolling stock at the bukit timah railway station

singapore to woodlands sign

bukit timah railway station – singapore to woodlands sign

some rolling stock & the signage were what’s left of the bukit timah railway station.

paved road on the right to bukit timah road near king albert oark

paved road on the right leading to blackmore drive to bukit timah road, king albert park station

10km

10km signage

nearing the bukit timah crossing.

rail crossing over bukit timah & dunneran road

rail crossing over bukit timah & dunneran road

view from rail crossing over bukit timah & dunneran road

view from rail crossing over bukit timah & dunneran road

crossed the bridge over bukit timah & dunnearn road.

rail corridor

rail corridor

jln bingka - can park here & walk

jln bingka – can park here & walk

jln bingka is a convenient place to park & walk.

i knew i would be about 10mins late, the time required from here to the visitors’ centre.

jln anak bukit flyover

anak bukit flyover

jln anak bukit flyover

anak bukit flyover

jln anak bukit flyover

anak bukit flyover

passed the PIE anak bukit flyover.

going down to hindhede drive

going down to hindhede drive

& arrived at the track leading down to hindhede road (on the right) soon after.

hindhede drive

hindhede drive

hindhede-drive2

hindhede drive

the entire hindhede drive was parked with cars.

from carpark towards bukit timah hill visitors centre

from carpark towards bukit timah hill visitors centre

it’s a short walk form the public carpark to the visitors’ centre.

carpark was full as expected

carpark was full as expected

carpark was full at 9.08am, quite expected.

3.33km from greenleaf view to bukit timah hill visitors centre in 46mins

3.33km from greenleaf view to bukit timah hill visitors centre in 46mins

the 3.33 km walk from greenleaf view along the rail corridor to bukit timah hill visitors’ centre took about 46mins.

bukit timah nature reserves guide

bukit timah nature reserves guide 

we took the moderate route 3, which goes by the south view path, then cave path.

nice walk

nice walk 

it’s a nice walk, now a wide maybe 2m laid path, just reopened in oct2016 after a 2-year restoration & enhancement.

cave path

cave path 

we passed the south view hut. next section is the cave path.

the cave

the cave 

passed the barricaded cave.

here are some intrigues about the caves.

pond

pond

undergrowth

undergrowth

nice walk

nice walk

hand holding = muscle memory from primary school

hand holding = muscle memory from primary school

hand holding = muscle memory carryover from OPS primary school. 🙂

nice walk

nice walk 

after passing the catchment hut, we walked up the steps leading back to the road.

reaching the last flight of steps to summit

reaching the last flight of steps to summit

the last flight of steps to summit 

the last flight of steps to summit 

which leads to the summit steps.

the 2 ladies took the road around to the summit bypassing the steps.

to the summit stone & pavilion

to the summit stone & pavilion 

reached the 162.63 summit. constant queue but managed to take some group photos at the summit stone. ^^

the summit & telecomm tower

the summit & telecomm tower

there are 2 telecom towers.

why is the telecom tower sengget?

going down

going down 

we walked down the paved road.

the sky

the sky 

took a shot of the sky through the canopy. 🙂

monkey in somebody's garden

monkey in somebody’s garden 

a friend was saying why there were no monkeys along the trail??

because they were busy rummaging the treasure gardens of the private houses along hindhede drive!

3.75km round trip up via south view path & down the paved road at bukit timah hill in 1.5hrs

3.75km round trip up via south view path & down the paved road at bukit timah hill in 1.5hrs 

the round trip journey up via route 3 south view path & down the paved road at bukit timah hill was 3.75km & took 1.5hrs.

view of tower from overhead bridge crossing over to the courts side

view of tower from overhead bridge crossing over to the courts side 

my smart friend parked over at the public roadside parking next to courts & accessed directly to hindhede drive across the overhead bridge.

here we had a nice view of the telecom towers.

a very fun & relaxing walk on a boxing day morning. time for some nice makan!

c.h.e.f andy

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bukit timah hill nature reserve 

Location

End of Hindhede Drive

GET DIRECTIONS

Nature Reserve Information

How to get there

By bus: 67, 75, 170, 171, 184, 852, 961

Alight at Jalan Anak Bukit Road, opposite Beauty World Centre (Bus stop ID: 42109), or

Alight at Upper Bukit Timah Road, opposite Bukit Timah Shopping Centre (Bus stop ID: 42091)

 

By MRT: Alight at Beauty World MRT Station, take Exit A

 

Nature Reserve Opening Hours

7 am to 7 pm daily

 

Exhibition Hall Opening Hours

8 am to 5.30 pm daily

 

Carpark Opening Hours

6.30 am to 7 pm daily (No overnight parking)

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