Our guide to calm walking trails in Singapore07 June 2018 - mindful living
If you live in Singapore or are about to visit it, chances are that nature isn’t the first thing you think of when you want to relax. But if you ever need a pocket of tranquillity in the midst of busy city life, there are actually many places of nature and calm tucked away on this island city. Besides, research has long proven that walking and being out in nature reduces stress and negative thinking. In Japan, the practice of forest bathing—which just means being in the presence of trees—is part of a national health programme and has been proven to reduce stress and improve overall feelings of wellbeing.
So if you need a mood booster or a moment of calm, why not get walking in nature that’s right at your doorstep? Here are 6 of our favourite nature trails.
1. Southern Ridges Trail
The Henderson Waves Bridge on the Southern Ridges Trail. Photo credit: Visit Singapore
The Southern Ridges Trail is a 10km trail that connects 3 parks: Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park and Kent Ridge Park. The trail is known for its panoramic views of the parks’ lush greenery and its striking bridges and walkways. The attractions and trails along the way include Alexandra Arch, The Singing Forest, HortPark and Henderson Waves. There are a total of 8 trails at Southern Ridges.
Route A: Mount Faber Park → Telok Blangah Hill Park → HortPark → Kent Ridge Route B: Mount Faber Park → Telok Blangah Hill Park → Labrador Nature Reserve
2. Macritchie Reservoir Park
The Chemperai Trail in Macritichie Reservoir Park. Photo credit: Spring Tomorrow
Perhaps Singapore’s most popular hiking spot, Macritichie Reservoir is great if you’re looking to get up close and personal with nature. There are various trails in MacRitchie—the TreeTop walk is probably the most popular. If you’re looking for something shorter and more relaxing (a 1-hour walking time), we recommend the Chemperai Trail or the Prunus Trail, both of which give you beautiful panoramic views of the reservoir against lush greenery.
3. The Green Corridor
Photo credit: Peepor.net
Looking for a more rustic experience? Informally called the ‘Green Corridor’, the 26km trail is Singapore’s not-so-secret secret walking trail. It’s an uninterrupted stretch of greenery and woodlands that run from the old Tanjong Pagar Rail Station all the way to Woodlands Train Checkpoint. Rich with cultural and historical significance, the former railway line once linked Singapore to Penang. There are various walking trails within the Green Corridor, such as a 7km walk from Commonwealth Avenue to Rail Mall. This trail is relatively flat, making it an easy walk even for inexperienced trekkers. Other walking routes within the Green Corridor can be found here.
4. Lower Pierce Reservoir Trail
Photo credit: Wikipedia
If you’re up for an easy and cooling walk through a forest and by the water’s edge, try this trail. It’s only 900m and is home to a diverse range of native plants and animals (squirrels are a common sight!).
5. Chestnut Nature Park
The Northern Loop in Chestnut Nature Park. Photo credit: Little Day Out
Chestnut Nature Park is Singapore’s largest nature park (that is, until Jurong Lake Gardens opens in 2019/2020) and consists of the Northern Loop and Southern Loop. For an easier climb, try the Northern Loop. If you don’t mind more rugged terrains, try the Southern Loop. You’ll get to see diverse flora and fauna, a peaceful lake and beautiful forest canopy. If you enjoy cycling, there are separate biking trails available too.
6. Rain Forest Walking Trail at Singapore Botanic Gardens
Photo credit: National Geographic Young Explorer
If you’d like a short and easy walk suitable for all ages, the Rain Forest Walking Trail is a great option. It takes just 30 minutes—and you get to enjoy the tranquil ambience of a rainforest while seeing plenty of captivating flora and fauna (more than 80% of the plant species in the Gardens are rare and endangered!).
What are your favourite places of calm/nature in Singapore? Share them with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Mindful Company Team