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Ridge Walk (2019) – a briskwalk series along the Southern Ridges

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NUS Yusof Ishak House (YIH) Plaza

31 Lower Kent Ridge Road

Singapore, 119078

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Dear friends,

In 2008, a 9-km series of trails, bridges and walkways were unveiled which reconnected a Southern Ridges which had been carved through by several roads (see map). Now, an almost continuous traffic-free walk from NUS to HarbourFront became possible and takes some two hours at a brisk pace.

We in NUS have an excellent way to exercise after a tough week, amidst a unique landscape and much greenery. But it all starts with a walk and we are hard pressed to find the time. To get you going, NUS Toddycats are leading a series of brisk walks for NUS staff, students and friends from Yusof Ishak House Plaza (the wooden desk under the white canopy) through to Hort Park/HarbourFront MRT on the following dates:

  1. Fri 6 Sep 2019 (we end at Hort Park; ~5km)

  2. Fri 27 Sep 2019 (we end at Harbourfront MRT; ~8km)

  3. Fri 18 Oct 2019 (we end at Hort Park; ~5km)

  4. Fri 8 Nov 2019 (we end at Hort Park; ~5km)

  5. Fri 15 Nov 2019 (we end at Harbourfront MRT; ~8km)

The walks start at 5.30 p.m.

If you struggle to keep up initially, you can peel off at any time. Several popular stop points along the way are:

  1. 2.0km (~25 mins) – Science Park 1 (Kent Ridge MRT Station); [route]

  2. 4.0km, (~1 hr) – Reflections at Bukit Chandu (near Pasir Panjang MRT Station) [route]

  3. 5.3km, (~1.5hr) – HortPark / Alexandra Arch (near Labrador Park MRT Station); [route]

  4. 6.2km, (~2hr) – Henderson Waves (near Telok Blangah) - Bus Stop no. 14051 & 14059; [route]

  5. 8.8km, (~2.5hrs) – HarbourFront (near MRT Station); [route]

Your guides will include Kenneth Pinto, Xu Weiting, Joleen Chan, Airani S & N. Sivasothi. If there is threat of heavy rain, strong winds prior to a storm or haze, we will cancel the walk by email through Eventbrite.

We hope you learn the route along the Southern Ridges and plan future visits!

FAQs

Why walk the ridge?

We are a group of volunteers - the NUS Toddycats - from the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, and the ridge is our backyard. We walk the ridge to enjoy the greenery, connectivity and good company, and in February, lead a heritage walk. Now we are adding one more reason – for exercise!

How do I get to the start point?

Yusof Ishak House Plaza

We meet at Yusof Ishak House Plaza. This is the covered wood deck area, across the road from University Health Centre.

The nearest bus stops are:

  • 18321 (opposite University Health Centre)
  • 18329 (University Health Centre)
  • 16171 (Yusof Ishak House)
  • 16179 (opposite Yusof Ishak House)

YIH Plaza bus stops

Can we start later?

We need to meet at the start point at 5.30 p.m. to have sufficient time to reach Hort Park or the HarbourFront MRT before it gets dark. The last section of the walk to Harbourfront MRT (Marang Trail) is not lit.

If you will be late, try to intercept us while we are walking along Kent Ridge Road.

What is the distance? What is the pace?

The entire walk is about 9 km, more or less. But it is not flat ground - it's the Southern Ridges!

We walk slightly faster than normal walking pace (about 5km/h).

How should I prepare for the walk?

  • Get a good night's rest the night before.
  • Drink water throughout the day of the walk.
  • Eat enough for lunch, or have a mid-afternoon snack. You won't be eating until after the sun sets! (Avoid having a meal immediately before walking.)
  • If you can walk at a brisk pace for half an hour, you should be able to complete the walk. Don't worry about completion though, as there are several exit points during the walk. Important not to over-exert yourself.

Must I complete the walk?

Ceertainly not! You can leave at any point. You know your body best, so don't overdo your walk, especially if you are not used to a brisk pace. Just let our guides know before you leave.

Convenient places to exit are:

  • Junction of Kent Ridge Road and South Buona Vista Road
    nearest bus stops 15131 and 15139; near Kent Ridge MRT
  • Reflections at Bukit Chandu (Pepys Road)
    nearest bus stops 15191 and 15199 or about 0.9km to Pasir Panjang MRT
  • Alexandra Arch (Alexandra Road)
    nearest bus stops 18011 and 18019 or about 0.9km to Labrador Park MRT
  • Henderson Waves (Henderson Road)
    nearest bus stops 14051 and 14059 or about 1 km walk to Telok Blangah MRT

What should I wear / bring?

  • Breathable clothing (long-sleeved tops and long pants help protect you from mosquitoes) and comfortable walking shoes
  • EZ-Link card and/or bus/MRT fare to get home
  • Some form of personal identification (e.g. NRIC)
  • The name of your Next of Kin and the telephone number in your wallet for us to call in case of an emergency
  • An extra t-shirt (you'll sweat) or change (in case it rains)
  • A small towel (it's so humid, sweat won't evaporate off dry-fit t-shirts!)
  • Bring a snack along, if you are the sort who gets hungry easily
  • Bring at least one litre of water along, you will need it
  • There is always the threat of rain, so pack an umbrella, raincoat or poncho. Or at least a hat.

What is the adverse weather plan?

Sometimes it rains heavily, sometimes with lightning. Sometimes there is haze.
If there is adverse weather, we will cancel the walk via email.

If there is lightning during the walk, we will find shelter at the nearest safe place.

I registered but now I cannot join the walk. How do I cancel my registration?

You can cancel your registration on the Eventbrite portal.

  1. Log in to Eventbrite.
  2. Mouseover your name on the top horizontal toolbar, then click Tickets.
  3. Click the walk for which you want to cancel your registration. (If you have registered for more than one walk, be sure to click the correct date!)
  4. Click Cancel Order.
  5. You will be asked to confirm. Click Yes, cancel this order.
  6. You will receive an email confirming the cancellation.

Or email toddycats@gmail.com

We may not have time to respond to you before the walk, but will check messages.

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NUS Yusof Ishak House (YIH) Plaza

31 Lower Kent Ridge Road

Singapore, 119078

Singapore

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