Nparks Coast to Coast Trail is popular on the island. I have uploaded more photos on Facebook album.
Two things are common during Covid19 measures, folks cannot clear leave and families are exercising more!
So we (me and colleagues Daniel, Francis and son) did a 2-in-1 by walking the 36km Coast to Coast trail (C2C).
And we realised it was 42km instead of 36km :p
Startpoint at Lakeside MRT (7.15am)
We started at Lakeside MRT, and I had to take the earliest train from Sengkang.
Rough estimation of distance between checkpoints.
This might help in planning for your rest points.
~Lakeside (Start) to Hindhede (CP3) – 8km
~Hindhede (CP3) to Adam (CP4) – 6km
~Adam(CP4) to Bishan(CP5) – 8km
~Bishan(CP5) to Sengkang Swim(CP7) – 8km
~Sengkang Swim (CP7) to Coney (CP9) -7km
Total= 37 to 38km (real walk will be longer)
If add Rower’s Bay (CP10) from Sengkang Swim (CP7), add another 7km +
Back to our trail…
There are a lot of constructions and detour around Jurong Lake Garden, walk under MRT viaduct, along PCN markers next to Boon Lay Way.
Park Connector Network (PCN) and Coast to Coast Trail signboard.
Image below indicates Bukit Batok Park (CP2) is 6.5km away.
Checkpoint 1 Chinese Garden(7:38am)
As we begin our walk, no worries about toilets and water points. There are MRT stations, coffee shops and 7-11 for pit stops.
If you are first time attempting c2c, I would recommend Npark app to pinpoint your checkpoints. But take note keeping this app running in the background will suck your mobile phone battery!
Another useful webpage would be NEA’s rain area. Although not real time, you can get a pretty good idea of whether it will be a passing drizzle or island-wide thunderstorm (NEA website recommended, as the app is not responsive).
The viaduct and PCN provides much needed shade.
After CP1 (checkpoint), cross overhead bridge and walk towards Block 115. If you are cycling, head to the junction of Jurong Town Hall Road and Boon Lay Way.
You will be heading North East under MRT viaduct, between Jurong East and Bukit Batok stations.
3. Packing. Besides hydration, powerbank and waterproofing would be most important. You might wish to use Strava to track your journey too.
-I brought along a 500m bottle, but we can always find 7-11, provision shops and coffeeshops nearby.
-Umbrella or rain coat, slippers for heavy downpour
*Suntan lotion, muscle rub
-Sunglass, towel, cap
-(optional) Spare tshirt/short to change after walk
-Cash for taxi and food
4. Start/end at Coney Drive or Lakeside?
Lakeside has MRT, but one-hour journey from Sengkang.
Coney Island entrance has no public transport. Nearest LRT is Punggol Point, followed by 1km walk. (Punggol Coast MRT is still under construction). You can grab bus 84 to Punggol end, but service is only available weekends.
Nearest carpark should be at Punggol Settlement.
5. I will recommend weekday walk as many folks will be tramping this route over the weekends. For first timers, choose daytime over night time especially if you need to “pose” at the milestones.
Once you have completed Nparks Coast to Coast trail, there are other Round-Island trails (up to 150km) waiting for you!
6. Wear a pair of shoes instead of sandals or slippers. Your sole and calves will be sore after the walk.
*Follow our families’ hiking adventures here. We hope to climb Malaysia Gunungs soon. Happy Walking!
ps Updated 2021 Jan 22, we walk Coney Island(CP9) to Adam Food Centre (CP4), Relive video