Green Corridor cycling from Sengkang

Green Corridor cycling is happening. Whether you jog, cycle or walk with pets, the 24km stretch is popular with islanders.

Some of our Green Corridor related posts are here
Walking 17km Bukit Timah to Kranji
Coast to Coast 42km walk
Exploring Queensway and Tanglin Halt’s heritage
-Next. I will try to cycle from Spooner to Kranji Close

You can traverse from Old Tanjong Pagar Railway Station to Rainbow Bridge. Since Tanjong Pagar Railway Station is now under renovation, the end point will be Spooner Road.

General direction would be -> Sengkang/Punggol-Serangoon PCN-Pelton Canal PCN-Kallang/Flyer-Shenton Way/Keppel Rd-Spooner Road carpark (Start point)

Green Corridor cycling route

Cycling Green Corridor extracted GPX (Google Map) is at the end of this post. Map above shows 50 to 60 km loop back to Sengkang (via Queensway, Macritchie, Bishan)

From Sengkang, it will be roughly 20km one way to reach Spooner road. It might take between 2 to 3 hours depending on individual comfort level.

*Checkout my ride on YouTube ( Link)

Second video shows our experience from Spooner Road-Green Corridor-Singapore Quarry (!)-Hill View offroad-Bukit Batok-Jem-Ulu Pandan PCN- Green Corridor. Total 40km (If include Sengkang, will be total 80km).

Video below, Off-road at Hillview (4:03min) is something new for foldies. 2:02 shows the 50m link between Green Corridor to Singapore Quarry. (Cross bridge GPS 1.355018, 103.769587).

This blog post (and video) shows the fastest way (not easiest) for Green Corridor cycling from Sengkang and Punggol.

You may cycle pass Marina Bay and Sportshub too. Once you reach Tanjong Pagar, you can turn East to East Coast Park, cycle straight to Sentosa, or explore West Coast Park.

Serangoon Park Connector towards Breadtalk HQ

Startpoint can be Serangoon PCN along Sengkang (photo above).

Head towards Breadtalk HQ junction, where three PCNS link you to Kallang. Refer Nparks PCN network for Balam Park Connector, Pelton Canal Park Connector and Kallang Park connector.

There will be two overhead bridges to overcome!

Those who do not wish to climb overhead bridges, can cycle from Sengkang to Bishan and follow the PCN from there.

This will add an additional 5 to 8km (one way). Another option would be Sengkang-Lornie-Bukit Timah-Kap mall, but I hate the Bukit Timah bumpy road.

First bridge in your PCN route goes over Aljunied road.

Use the groove to roll up the bridge. Harder for ladies as upper body strength needed.  I find it easier to lift my bike (11kg) up the stairs.

Pelton Canal Park Connector route, just follow the river (drain).

Bridge two across PIE. This bridge is easier than the first one, less steep.

So far the best bike-bridge is still the one at Ulu Pandan, no need to dismount! (Jurong Circular Bridge).

If time permits, you can detour and catch some old “Lorong 3 Geylang” blocks which had been around 60 years and lease just ended.

Otherwise, just follow the river towards Kallang MRT.

Cycling near Kallang Park Connector, follow points 1 to 5 and route behind Kallang MRT. Cycle towards Flyer and Helix bridge direction.

If you follow “A”, you can head towards Sportshub, Tanjong Rhu and Marina Barrage.

Cycle towards F1, Flyer, and MBS.

The river side cycling route is really scenic and offers the best view of our waterfront.

Sit at the Bench (Marina Bay) if you are tired (the other giant bench is at Level 2 Sportshub).

If you prefer another view, try Merlion and Shenton Way route.

But take note Shenton Way will be crowded with pedestrians (weekdays) and pavements can be narrow.

Road cycling is not recommended for newbies as there is too much traffic (and trucks) along Keppel Road.

From MBS, we can actually detour and follow Sheares Ave to ride South of Marina Bay MRT. Reconnect back at Shenton Way, near to Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre.

You get to see some nice city skylines from another angle.

Follow pavement along Keppel Road until you hit junction
(GPS 1.272750, 103.839986 ), which is before Tanjong Pagar Railway Station.

Take the PSA side of the pavement, as the other side is more disconnected.
Cycle towards Spottiswoode Park Rd (pavement) and head towards Block 101, 102.

Folks can park their car at Spooner Road URA carpark and explore Green Corridor too.

Image credit Google Map

Refer Google Map below, “X” marks Spooner Rd URA Carpark.
From Junction 1, cycle towards 2. Push bike along 3 and take staircase (or slope behind bustop “Bef Kampong Bahru Ter“.

Seasoned cyclists can try Neil Rd (exit before bustop), but this stretch is narrow and packed with buses (too many blindspots!)

Point 4 is temporary entry to Green Corridor.
Point 5 is the old KTM “Polis Post”.

From Spooner Road, you can go all the way North to Kranji Close (24km). This was the REAL train route last time.

*Read our old train blog posts here and here

Our Tanjong Pagar Railway Station experience from 2010.

Enjoy Green Corridor cycling from here onwards. Do look out for walkers, joggers and pets.

Green Corridor Old Polis Station

Entrance GPS “1.275297, 103.832482” (opposite Kampong Bahru Bus Terminal)

Green Corridor attractions.

Green Corridor cycling
Green Corridor cycling
Masjid Hang Jebat Mosque
Lost Ark

Old Tanglin Halt block

Do spend some time at Tanglin Halt to capture the colourful blocks.

Rail Corridor heritage

One of the most relaxing moments was people watching along the Rail Corridor.

Not too long ago, KTM trains were chugging behind Tanglin Halt’s backyard! (turn on volume to hear the birds)

For the return trip, I exited near Biopolis and headed towards Queensway, Farrer Park direction. Those adventurous ones can cycle till Bukit Timah or Kranji Close to exit towards Mandai Road  (Much BIGGER loop).

Sugarcane drink to recharge at Empress Market, I seldom pass by this corner.

Photo below is the junction near Adam Food Centre. You can follow Coast2Coast trail back home.

After Kheam Hock Park, climb overhead bridge (again!) over Lornie Road.
(First timers should be aware of the uphill slope and graves, refer YouTube 6:52 min)

It is illegal to cycle in the tunnel. Cars are fast in tunnel, and you risk exiting into PIE expressway!

Overhead bridge over Lornie road

Easy pavement on Lornie PCN. However Marymount and Ang Mo Kio Ave 6 has a lot of road works. Ride safe.

Additional Tips and Detours.

Cycle to Sportshub and Tanjong Rhu

1) Referring to first Google Map. Point “A” from Kallang MRT will lead to Tanjong Rhu and Sportshub.

You can still reach Spooner Road after a detour.

2)Ever wonder night cycling experience at Green Corridor? There is no light and it can be pretty eerie to cycle alone (Look at the main video, from 5:47 min).

It is all dark. Confirm all your senses will be tuned up!

With Buddy Randy, Green corridor can be eerie at night

I am more curious why some walkers and joggers do not bother to shine a light, or like to wear black!

3)Next target. Cycle the whole Green Corridor. I am not worried about darkness or mud, but the weekend crowds are horrible. See the mud on the round-island video clip (from 2:00 minutes onward) from Rainbow Bridge to Kranji forest)

Click on Image below for YouTube video (Green Corridor muddy).

4) No1 tip for Green Corridor cycling.
Expect 5km of slight gradient if you start at Spooner Road. Just go easy.

5) Green Corridor (also called Rail Corridor) is not wide. It can only support 3 to 4 walkers across, cyclists should look out for pets too. Otherwise, enjoy the greenery and fresh air.

6) You may refer to the Google Map (GPX) for direction from Sengkang to Spooner Road. I have another GPX from Bukit Batok, Jurong to Green Corridor here

Enjoy our Sengkang to Green Corridor clip here.

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Meanwhile, read our bike adventures:

-Cycle 70km East, TMCR (link)
-Cycle 80km West,Lim Chu Kang(link) (LCK slopes are tougher than TCMR)
-Cycle to Woodlands and back for 50km (link)
-Cycle 50km to explore 3 Reservoirs and 3 parks
-Completed Round Island 140km!  (Click for GPX routing)
-Cycle 20km to Green Corridor (or Marina Bay and Sportshub)

-Click for Instagram SengkangBabies #skbCyclesSengkangBabies cycling

*Read my previous posts about MTB\RoadBike\Foldie selection, & Foldable bike shortlisting
-Previous OCBC Cycle trips for families
-More details and landmarks about Park Connectors (PCN) at nParks link
-Follow my family’s cycling experience here .

Hiking the Green Corridor

Hiking the Green Corridor after our fun trip to Bukit Brown cemetery (blog review), this is part 2 of our day hike.

Recently, the Green Corridor (or some call Rail corridor) has been hot in the news.
https://www.nparks.gov.sg/railcorridor (all news about Green Corridor)
CNA report (Green Corridor features)

 

Steven and Isaiah joined me on the second part of our trail on the green corridor. Thank you Kelvin for the lift.

From Bouna Vista MRT, head to the underpass at Exit B (Green line) and you will see a track (GPS 1.309262, 103.791150).

Some segments of Green Corridor are not ready yet. Photo below shows the stretch towards Tanglin Halt, Tanjong Pagar direction.

But we did notice the pavement condition seems ready for exploration.

Green Corridor should be ideal for walking, jogging and cycling. Go and explore 🙂

I had wanted to cycle the Green Corridor  trail from Kranji Close to Tanjong Pagar, almost 24km track.

Our trail from Bouna Vista to Hillview is about 8k, and it will help me understand whether the trail condition is suitable for my foldie (or maybe too much mud).

However, the first obstacle for cycling will be the huge amount of human traffic! Many folks are excited about the newly reopened rail corridor.

Along the Green Corridor trail, the trumpet trees are flowering and littering the grounds with sakura-like carpet. Get the latest updates from Nparks fanpage.

Hiking the Green Corridor
Hiking the Green Corridor

I would like to share nostalgic photos from KTM trains of yesteryears. Our ride from Tanjong Pagar to Johor Bahru was cheap and fast!

The Green Corridor holds many nostalgic memories for me. I can still remember the good old KTM train cutting across the green forestation on our way to JB. The kids were still so young then.

Taking the train at Tanjong Pagar

*Old train blog posts here and here

Along Upper Bukit Timah

Checkpoint after Bukit Panjang (GPS 1.378927, 103.760366), near to Lot 10 (after Mindef stretch). This was where the station-master exchanged token with train driver.

Photos taken from train cabin, can you identify the landmarks below?

Singapore Old train photos
Singapore Old train photos
Iconic Green Corridor

Back to present day, this is one of the checkpoints along Green Corridor. From the elevated point, one can look down the “green valley” (GPS 1.326578, 103.781538).

Steven looking out for insects and birds.

The other side of the “river” will be old Holland road.

(Photo below) From other hikers, I learnt that the ferns have matured and creep up the trees. From far, it seems like the tree is dressing up!

Plants along Green Corridor

Do look out for interesting flora and fauna along the trail. We spotted many insects, lizards and even some giant plants below.

The plants and flowers enhanced the walking experience. Slow down your pace and enjoy the sights and sounds.

Steven playacting with the huge leaf, we did not exert any strength.

Below checkpoint is more popular on Instagram, Old Bukit Timah Railway Station (GPS 1.334265, 103.781295).

And the nearest MRT is only 500m away, King Albert Park.

The tracks and building has been conserved as heritage. And I suspect some F&B will be popping up soon.

Image credit Isaiah

Truss bridge (iconic black iron bridge) is popular for selfies, but be prepared to queue :p

The gravel pavement adds to the experience. You will encounter two such bridges along the path, the second one is at Rail Mall.

Truss bridge Green Corridor

Road works ongoing along Bukit Timah road. Coast to Coast hikers will walk under the Truss bridge.

You may refer to Nparks’ map for 8 different entry points to the new stretch of Green Corridor. Entry 4,5 will bring you to Hindhede Quarry and Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

Image credit Nparks

You will also spot many distance markers, informing you distance to Woodlands or Tanjong Pagar (opposite direction).

Green Corridor trail will be partial pavement and dirt track. Take note dirt tracks might become muddy during rainy days.

No more “commissioned” graffiti at this wall.

On hindsight, it was a good deal to release KTM railway line back to Singapore control in 2010. Read article from the TheGreenCorridor.org

Singaporeans now have so much more greenery to explore!

Spot the Singapore Quarry bridge (GPS 1.354975, 103.769589) above, we could exit left via the steps and walk towards Dairy Farm Nature Park.

The second truss bridge at the Rail Mall (GPS 1.357837, 103.767642).

View of Rail Mall from the top.

Is Green Corridor and Rail Corridor referring to the same thing? Does not matter, I love the trail!

Beautiful bridge Green Corridor

The last 300m towards Hillview MRT was muddy.

Love our trail walking.

Singapore is fortunate to have all these small pockets of nature to explore. I hope more families will appreciate our greens and rich animal diversity.

I would like to see more secondary forest (Clementi, Dover) protected around us. We still need BTO and industrial land but I hope future planning will protect more greens.

Hiking the Green Corridor soon? Get the latest Green Corridor updates :
https://www.nparks.gov.sg/railcorridor and
http://www.thegreencorridor.org

*You may read our previous posts on Green Corridor and KTM rides here (train from Tanjong Pagar), here or here (train from Woodlands).

-Do explore Queenstown and Tanglin Halt’s rich heritage here.  Tanglin Halt will be torn down soon.

–Our family’s hiking adventures are documented here  https://sengkangbabies.com/tag/hiking (when can we scale Gunungs again)

-Our Coast to Coast hikers can detour along route and explore the Green Corridor too. Read my C2C review.

More photos can be found on SengkangBabies Facebook album

Bukit Brown cemetery and Green Corridor photos

If you love nature, do pop by the following posts:
– Hiking Green Corridor
– Clementi Forest (photos)
Kranji Forest (photos)
– Bukit Brown and Avatar trees