This is a pleasant walk suitable for people of all ages. It passes by some very old village houses which are still inhabited, and there are farms and commercial gardens that produce both flowers and veggies.
To get to the start of the walk take the MTR to Fanling Station and look for Exit A. You will find A2 on the right at the start of the foot bridge that takes you over to the Fanling Town Centre. Descend the stairs at A2 and the walk begins!
Follow the footpath around to the left. Be careful, there is a very inviting cycle track leading onwards, but it will take you over the railway tracks onto a completely different route. The path turns left and then right and you when you see Cheung Wo House across the road you know you are on the right track.
Continue along San Wan Road, passing by commercial buildings and residential blocks as it bears left until you come to the junction with Jockey Club Road. Turn right and continue until you see an Esso Service Station across the road from you.
Use the pedestrian crossing, turn right and continue. The scenery starts to get a bit more interesting and you will see the New Territories Circular Road spread out before you.
Within a short distance you will start to see more of the countryside, albeit with the construction that we have come to expect in the territory.
At one point you will come across a sign pointing to a footbridge that says: Taipo This Way. Don’t fall for it, (as we did), follow the cycle track underneath a small flyover and you are soon back on track.
There are least two shops along the way selling cold drinks and the staff are very welcoming to hikers and cyclists. Unfortunately, towards the end of the walk there are no more chances for a cold one. And it was getting warm! We were unaware that the Hot Weather Warning had been issued. So, we were glad to see the turn off for Hong Lok Yuen and the end of the walk.
There are a few variations with which to end this walk. We ended up getting a taxi into Taipo and a well-deserved lunch. If the weather hadn’t been so hot we could have continued along the Taipo Taiwo Road to Taipo Gardens and turned into the Mui Shue Hang Park and from there into Taiwo. For more information please click here.
Another variation would have been to turn right onto Lam Kam Road where you can find good restaurants at Fong Ma Po (The Wishing Tree Village) or continue on to the Kwan Yick Store for a bowl of noodles and a cold drink. (Anyone thinking I am obsessed with cold drinks wouldn’t be wrong).
Why would anyone want to do this hike? To be honest there is not a lot to see, but, for anyone wanting a safe, level hike to get fit on, it is perfect. And, it has the added benefit of a few drink shops along the way. For information on similar hikes please take a look the posts on the Waterfront Park and the walk from Fotan to Taipo
Thank you for visiting and reading this post. If you try this hike please let me know your thoughts. Once again, my thanks to my son, James for accompanying me.