Cycle to Woodlands and Mandai, around 50km

I have blog about cycling to the East and West, this post is about Cycle to Woodlands (about 20 to 25km from Sengkang).

Cycle Sengkang Punggol Park connector

I am training for my Round the Island trip (RTI), which will be around 130 to 150km.

By the time you read this post, I have successfully completed my first 100km target. Click on my Relive Video link on Youtube.

As I stay in Sengkang, I am more familiar with the East and North side, compared to the West side.

Refer map below, cycling route would be anti-clockwise Sengkang-Yishun-Woodlands-Mandai-Yishun-Sengkang.

Cycle to Woodlands
Cycle to Woodlands

Starting from (Point 1) Sengkang Swimming Complex, head towards Yishun Dam. I would recommend (Route 3, Google Map above), as it is 80% Park Connector and 20% pavement. You will loop South of Seletar airport.

Seletar West PC
Seletar West PC

Alternate (Route 2) will bring you through sand and dusty terrain through Seletar North. The pavement is uneven and packed with construction sites (Previous experience looping around Seletar Airport)

Cycling on Seletar North road is not recommended for new riders, due to traffic and plenty of pebbles.

(Point 4) Yishun Dam. Take a breather and enjoy the sight, be it low or high tide.

Yishun Dam
Yishun Dam

Detour. I would recommend Rower’s Bay Park for the fantastic sunset.
This is actually one of the Coast 2 Coast checkpoints.

Sunset at Rower’s Bay

(Point 5) Sembawang Hot Springs. Since we cannot go to Japan or Taiwan for Onsen, this might be your open-air hot spring experience in Singapore.
(Read my Sento experience in Tokyo)

After Yishun Dam, just head North on Yishun Avenue 8 and turn left to Yishun Avenue 7.

Below photo is pre-upgrade from 2015. Only taps, no cascading pond and the kids were still so small.

Old Sembawang Hot spring

Meanwhile, my first foray North was caught in a thunderstorm!

It was too late to U-turn  and the rain might last hours. Totally drenched but huge sense of freedom as no more reservations. Woohoo!

Could barely see JB’s skyline. So near yet so far.

Woodlands Waterfront
Woodlands Waterfront

I did not expect to see so much rubbish across the straits.

If you are taking Marsiling PCN back towards Mandai or maybe Kranji. Take the path on the right side of Block 37 (picture below).

Head South along Marsiling PC followed by Woodlands PC (Park Connector), you will go behind Singapore Sports School and reach this junction (GPS).

Go across SLE and route behind MRT depot. Take note cars exiting/entering SLE travel fast, be careful. Secondly the direction from Woodlands towards Mandai, is packed with steep slopes.

Woodlands PCN
Woodlands PCN

(Point 8) Lastly, Ulu Sembawang is totally dark at night, and eerie 🙂
Otherwise, you should enjoy the climb and scenery. (Ulu Sembawang PCN has nice Sunrise and mist, read post here)

(fyi, Sengkang to Woodlands, you can only choose cutting across Yishun or Ulu Sembawang)

Go easy on the down slopes as the bends might block your view from runners and visitors.

Scenic Ulu Sembawang
Scenic Ulu Sembawang

Once you reach Mandai, cross the road and cycle towards Yishun, Seletar direction.

I would recommend taking the Park Connector pavement (picture below), the other side of the road is pavement (not PCN), and can be slippery (mossy) and littered with fallen branches.

Mandai Road is famous for leg and lung workout. I would recommend newbies to go in a group (and you do not need to cycle on the road).

Mandai Park Connector
Mandai Park Connector

A few openings provide scenic photo opportunities. Do look out for Pumas and Chinooks from Sembawang Air base.

You are very near to Mandai Zoo and popular T15 trail (not recommended for foldies).

SLE image below. The rain never stopped for the 2nd half of my trip.

If you are only heading towards Mandai (and not Woodlands), you can reach Mandai area via Lentor Avenue too (Take note Lentor Avenue pavement is uneven and narrow)

*If you extend your trip to Pang Sua PCN , you can connect to Choa Chu Kang, Chestnut Nature Park, Bukit Batok etc. You can also hop onto the “Coast to Coast trail” towards Jurong West (Lake Side).

Singapore is that small!

(L-Yio chu Kang and R-Lentor avenue)

Lentor Avenue will run parallel to North-South MRT viaduct. Lower Seletar reservoir forms a nice backdrop (Location of image below).

Lower Seletar Reservoir

Little kids would enjoy the wading pool at this corner, or just walk to the end of the bridge (our old blog post)

Bonus and warning, more leg trainings needed :p

If time and energy permits, you may wish to dedicate some time for the beautiful reservoirs nearby Lentor Avenue or Central Water Catchment.

Blog post – Cycle 50km to explore 3 Reservoirs and 3 parks !

Go google MacRitchie, Lower Pierce, Upper Pierce. Exercise caution along old Upper Thomson road, lookout for vehicles, monkeys and sharp hairpin turns.

Springleaf Nature Park and Thomson Nature Park are new. And take note of multiple steep slopes at the two Pierce reservoirs!

Central Catchment reservoirs
Central Catchment reservoirs

Hope you and family will have fun exploring more corners of Singapore. I might try to share some essential upgrades and basic maintenance in the next post.

Do pop by our other cycling posts too:

-Cycle 70 km East, TMCR (link)
-Cycle 80 km West, Lim Chu Kang(link)
-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)

-Jogging one round Sengkang, Punggol Buangkok PCN (link)
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Cycle to East Coast Park, between 70 to 80km

This post will share what is available when we cycle to East Coast Park (from Sengkang). Do read our blog about 80km ride to the West and 50km North too.

In summary, clockwise Sengkang-Punggol-Pasir Ris-Changi Village- Tanah Merah Coast road-Cycle to East Coast Park-Bedok/Kembangan or Marina Bay

Full route 70km will take between 4 to 6 hours, depending on breaks. Average speed 15 to 20kmh.


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Our route will normally start at Sengkang Swimming complex and follow PCN (Park Connectors Network) all the way.

Do read our previous blog about scenic 20km running route Sengkang-Punggol-Hougang-Buangkok, best for marathon trainings.

Serangoon Reservoir Dam
Serangoon Reservoir Dam in the background.

Look out for these land marks along the scenic river route. This stretch could be one of the best in Singapore.

Checkpoint 3 (below) Lorong Halus bridge is the PCN link between Punggol to Pasir Ris. There is a new link between Lorong Halus Bridge to Pasir Ris (checkpoint 4).

Cycle Sengkang to Lorong Halus
Cycle to Coney Island (Image credit Google Map)

You might wish to pose at Lorong Halus wetland too (used to be smelly rubbish hills!)

Cycle to Lorong Halus

You can follow Pasir Ris Drive 3 all the way towards Changi. If time permits, detour left into Pasir Ris Park for some exotic scenes.

Pasir Ris Park
Cycle to Pasir Ris Park

Love the mangroves at the bridge.

Take an Unesco meal break at Changi Village Hawker Centre. Enjoy the bumboats or take a photo at the “finger“.

Changi Nasi Lemak

Cycle to Changi Village
Changi Village finger

Enjoy this break before embarking on 14km  Tanah Merah Coast Road (TMCR).

Follow the path along the sea, you will pass SAF Ferry Terminal (to Tekong). Toilet 3 will be the last refresh point before you start TMCR. You will pass Changi Ferry Terminal on your left.

On TMCR, you may cycle on the bike lane or on the parallel pavement. Keep left and let faster cyclists overtake. Road bikes can clock 50kmh easily.

First-timers should listened out for “BIKE” or “ON YOUR RIGHT” when bikers approach from behind.

Cycle to Tanah Merah Coast Road

Do not go near the inner yellow lines as you would not have room to prevent hitting the kerb, and the pebbles are normally concentrated nearer to the kerb.

Cycle almost 12km and you will see a entry on your left (GPS 1.318415, 103.983942). This is a new park connector and I love the coastal view.

If you do not turn in and cycle another 2km, you will reach below junction. Turn left to head towards East Coast Park.

Cycle to Jurassic Mile

From this junction, you are also 600m away from Jurassic Mile entrance. First time folks can cycle to Changi Airport T4 and T2!

Back to East Coast Park (ECP). You can choose to exit ECP at different exit points, or cycle whole 16km to reach Marina Barrage.

Enjoy the greens. Just take note of heavy human traffic at popular junctions.

 Cycle to East Coast Park
Cycle to East Coast Park

Option 1) You can exit via this underpass (image below) to head North towards Bedok, Tampines (circumvent Bedok camp). Travel along Bedok Park Connector.

Or you can stop for refreshment at the newly reopen East Coast Food Centre. Enjoy the carefree spins at Wake Park.

Or maybe chill with Pocari or Ice cream at 7-11 or Raintree Cove (crowded). Personally, I love 7-11 as the window view reminds me of my family cycling trip in Taiwan!

Taiwan 7-11
Taking a break in Taiwan

Option 2) You can exit via this overhead bridge (image below) towards Siglap Park Connector. Get a superb view of flower-laden ECP.

Cycle Sengkang to East Coast Park
Cycle Hougang to East Coast Park

Options 1, 2 and 3 captured in this map (Credit Google Map)


Otherwise, cycle North till Kembangan MRT or straight towards Hougang, Sengkang or Punggol. The bridge over PIE.

Pavement next to Hougang Avenue 3. Sometimes the fallen leaves look like a scene out of Autumn maple.

Sengkang is only 13km from East Coast Park.

Cycling Park Connector Sengkang

Option 3) Cycle East Coast Park all the way till you reach CBD or Indoor Stadium.

Take it slow and easy as you do not need to cycle on the road.

Cycling map East Coast Park Singapore

The new Keppel Marina East Desalination Plant. You can go to the roof and fly kite.

Keppel Marina East Desalination Plant

Or cycle to Marina Barrage.

If you follow Marina Bay basin, you will reach Marina Bay, choose your favourite landmarks for photo-op. MBS, Gardens by the Bay etc.

Apple Marina Bay

Miss URA’s Car Free Sunday editions! (When roads are off-limits for vehicles, and cyclists own the roads!)

Perhaps, Padang’s Singapore National Gallery?

Loop back towards Kallang MRT, park connector will bring me back to Hougang and Sengkang.

Option 4: You can cycle straight to Queenstown, Clementi, Jurong, Lim chu Kang and close your round the island (RI) loop! (RI completed 2021 May, read here)

Fyi, Raffles MRT to Lakeside MRT is extra 20km.
Tuas West Road MRT Station to Lamp Post 1 is 11 km! (Tuas is huge plot of industrial land).

Cycling Lamp Post 1 Tuas
Cycle Lamp Post 1 Tuas

RTI without Tuas is 130km + (estimate 9 hours)
RTI with Tuas (Lamp post 1) would be 160km + (11 hours)
(My average speed is around 100 minutes for 30km)

We will share the Northern routes (Yishun,Woodlands, Mandai) in a future post. 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)

* MTB\RoadBike\Foldie selection, & Foldable bike shortlisting
-More details and landmarks about Park Connectors (PCN) at nParks link
-Follow my family’s cycling experience here .
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