MacRitchie Reservoir Trail: Trekking Around The Central Catchment Nature Reserve

MacRitchie Reservoir Trail: Trekking Around The Central Catchment Nature Reserve
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To get the back to the heart of nature, take a walk along the MacRitchie Reservoir Trail at Singapore’s Central Catchment Nature Reserve.

How Long to Walk the MacRitchie Reservoir Trail

How Long to Walk the MacRitchie Reservoir Trail

The MacRitchie Reservoir Trail stretches around the waters of Singapore’s oldest impounding reservoir. The trail is around 11 km long and takes around three to four hours to walk, depending on how fast you walk.

We recently took a hike along its dirt paths, boardwalks and waterside tracks. Here’s how it went.

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Prunus Boardwalk & MacRitchie Nature Trail

Walk the MacRitchie Reservoir Trail

Starting from MacRitchie Reservoir Park, we made our way northwards, anti-clockwise around the reservoir.

Prunus Boardwalk

Past the kayaking area was the Prunus Boardwalk which hugged the water’s edge. This is linked to the Petai Boardwalk.

MacRitchie Reservoir Trail

From here, the MacRitchie Reservoir Trail headed away from the water and into the forest.

MacRitchie Nature Trail

Known as the MacRitchie Nature Trail, this stretch of the trek was rather busy with plenty of walkers making their way up and down its dirt track. This is the stretch which leads from MacRitchie Reservoir Park up towards Windsor Nature Park and the TreeTop Walk (which is closed till 2021).

Rest huts at MacRitchie

Along the way, there are rest huts for weary hikers.

Terentang Trail & Sime Track

The MacRitchie Nature Trail ends at a junction with Venus Link to the right and the Terentang Trail to the left. Venus Link leads to Windsor Nature Park.

Terentang Trail

Since we were planning to complete the trek around MacRitchie Reservoir, we took the Terentang Trail and ventured deeper into the Central Catchment Nature Reserve.

Ranger station

The Terentang Trail also leads to a ranger station with rest rooms. This is normally where you can head to the TreeTop Walk.

Sime Track

However, since the TreeTop Walk was closed, we continued along the Sime Track towards Jelutong Tower.

It is also along this stretch that you can head off on a separate track to Rifle Range Road.

Jelutong Tower

Jelutong Tower is a four-storey observation tower. After climbing up the spiral staircase, the reward is a sweeping view of the Central Catchment Nature Reserve and the waters of MacRitchie Reservoir. This is also roughly the half-way mark of the trail around the reservoir.

Golf Link

From the Jelutong Tower, the Golf Link pathway leads back towards the southern banks of MacRitchie Reservoir.

Golf Link

Golf Link has a section made up of boardwalks, followed by waterside paths.

Golf Course

It runs alongside the edge of the Bukit Golf Course.

Relatively ornate stone bridge at MacRitchie Reservoir

A landmark here is a relatively ornate stone bridge.

Waters of MacRitchie Reservoir

At this end of the MacRitchie Reservoir Trail, there are some pretty stunning views of the inlets of the reservoir.

Jering Boardwalk, Chemperai Boardwalk & Lornie Trail

Before long, you will find yourself heading back towards MacRitchie Reservoir Park.

Jering Boardwalk

You can choose to walk along the waterside Jering and Chemperai Boardwalks.

Lornie Trail

Alternatively, head through the forest along the undulating Lornie Trail before returning to MacRitchie Reservoir Park.

MacRitchie Reservoir Trek

MacRitchie Reservoir Trek

The 11 km hike around MacRitchie Reservoir is not too demanding as trails are pretty well marked out and easy to navigate. The distance is the only challenge, but can be done if taken one section at a time.

It is a hike which every local should try at least once in a lifetime, and if you enjoy it, perhaps more than that.

Get a trail map here.

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