[UPDATED 1 February 2022] It’s incredible that even in a bustling city like Singapore, you can find plenty of amazing hiking places. Since we are still unable to travel, it’s time to add another hiking spot to your list - the Green Corridor! The trail has a great mix of nature, IG-worthy spots and history. Interested to uncover this hiking trail? Here’s everything you need to know about the Green Corridor trail in Singapore! Remember to check the crowds at parks in Singapore by using the NParks' safe distancing portals and avoid those that are crowded. If you're wondering if you can have a picnic or go hiking with the family, our guide on hiking in Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) will help you out.
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The Green Corridor
Singapore’s Green Corridor (also known as the Rail Corridor) used to be part of Malaysia’s KTM railway line connecting Singapore and Malaysia. Even though the railway has ceased operations since 2011, parts of the 24-km route have been converted into a nature trail. The trail goes from Kranji to Bukit Panjang, Bukit Timah, Holland, Tanglin and finally ending at Alexandra.
- Rail Corridor South: Old Bukit Timah Railway Station to Jalan Kilang Barat at Alexandra
- Rail Corridor North: Old Bukit Timah Railway Station to Kranji
But if you’re up for a challenge, then go ahead and conquer the whole Green Corridor in a day! It should take you around 4-6 hours to complete the whole route without stopping.
What to see along the Green Corridor:
1. Old Bukit Timah Railway Station
2. Truss Bridges
3. Distance markers
One feature you should look out for while on your hike is distance markers which will remind you of the railway tracks. Back in the day, they signified how far the train has travelled from the start point of the whole railway line, which was Tanjong Pagar Railway Station.
4. Clementi Forest
5. Wessex Estate
One of the hidden gems along the Green Corridor is none other than the Wessex Estate! Go back in time and explore the black-and-white colonial houses that are sprawled out around the area. The charming estate is perfect for a photo opportunity! The houses here were built in the 1940s for non-commissioned British officers and soldiers when Singapore was still under colonial rule. Today, they are a mix of residential properties, art studios and event spaces.
6. Masjid Hang Jebat
Essential tips for hiking the Green Corridor
- Bring along plenty of water. For your convenience, stock up on some Ice Mountain drinking water. With its compact size, it’s convenient to bring around and there’s a cap too so you can easily carry it in your bag when you hike. Get it conveniently at a 7-Eleven near you!
- Put on some sunblock and wear a cap especially for those hot and humid days!
- Don’t forget your insect repellent as there are parts where you have to walk on dirt paths and pass by forests.
- Bring some snacks so that you can refuel and replenish your energy along the way.
- Wear comfortable shoes - this is very important especially when you’re doing long-distance hiking!
Halal food options along the Green Corridor:
As the Green Corridor is long, there are a few halal eateries that you can find, especially in the Bukit Timah area, Tanglin Halt and Alexandra. As you go on your hike, take a break at one of these halal eateries:
Bukit Timah area
Tanglin Halt/Alexandra area
Edmond Chicken RiceHalal Status: Halal-certifiedCuisine: Chinese (Chicken Rice)Opening hours: Daily; 10AM-6PMAddress: 48A Tanglin Halt Rd, #01-028, Singapore 148813FacebookTanglin Halt Roti PrataHalal status: Muslim-owned Cuisine: Indian (Prata, Nasi Kandar) Opening hours: Wed-Mon; 6.30AM-3PM (closed on Tue) Address: #01-365, Blk 49 Tanglin Halt Rd, Singapore 142049 Contact: +6597943124 Ashes BurnnitHalal Status: Muslim-ownedCuisine: Western (Burgers)Opening hours: Daily; 11.30AM-8.30PMAddress: 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-61, Singapore 150120 (Alexandra Village Food Centre) Facebook |InstagramSo, if you’re looking for a challenge, go on a hike along Singapore’s Green Corridor! Besides getting your dose of nature, you’ll also get to explore part of Singapore’s history, uncover railway tracks and hidden gems. Stay refreshed throughout your hike with Ice Mountain in its new recyclable and sustainable paper packaging, which you can get at selected 7-Eleven stores! Time to go green with a beverage that’s not only good for you but the environment too.This article is brought to you by F&N Ice Mountain.