Sunday, August 16, 2009

MacRitchie Reservoir Park

Beautiful park, but not really for bikes.

Car parking at base of reservoir dam wall leads to two trails either side of the dam. The vegetation is jungle and the surface varies from paved to boarded walkways and rough trails with stairs.

To the right takes you along the foreshores of the lake and gets increasingly narrower until you are cycling basically a single-track along a boardwalk. This ends in stairs, after which is a gravel track with loose shale, that leads all the way to Bukit Timah Reserve, about 10 km. Its quite hilly and windy but be warned its well populated by hand holding walkers and the odd family of monkeys which make for some interesting slide to a stop maneuvers.

To the right of the carpark is a promenade which is rideable as far as the fitness area at which bikes are banned. Must be a reason I guess. Again its well populated by stairs and strolling couples which makes it hard to get any momentum going.

In all I'd rate this park as a walkers/joggers paradise and for bikes, suggest you ride the Bukit Timah Trail, however make sure you have a hard core MTB, hybrids and road bikes simply wont make it. Otherwise, give it a miss.

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