This article was gratefully received from a fellow hiker and contributing writer, David Muir.
Regular readers of stewartgoeswalkies will have seen David in a previous post, Fanling to Lam Tsuen
I had chosen a real hot day for a hike, writes David.
As I live on Lantau in a village situated along the South Lantau Road I packed a small bag with a water bladder, some energy bars and a frozen Gatorade and off I went.
I got the number 23 bus that comes through the village. However, if you are unfortunate enough, not to live on Lantau and want to do the hike you can the No. 23 Bus from Tung Chung or, if you’re coming from Mui Wo you can take the No. 2 which will take you to Ngong Ping which is the jumping off point for the walk.
Preparations: Water, lots of it, snacks and/or energy bars, sturdy hiking boots, the path is rocky and in some parts pretty slippery. A sturdy cane or pair of trekking poles would be a sensible addition to the kit.
Once on the Ngong Ping Plateau follow the Wisdom Path, at the end of which you will see a huge sign saying ‘Lantau Country Path’. It’s that big it’s virtually impossible to miss.
Follow the path to your right. I love this walk, it is officially known as the Shek Pik Country Trail.
You will see some breathtaking views on a clear day, but be sure to bring a hat as there is very little shade on the trail. Fortunately it is all down hill. For parents with children, please remember that the trail is 6.36km and the path is difficult in places.
If you are fortunate, you will see lots of wildlife, Banana Spiders being one of them, snakes, which are usually more afraid of you than you are of them, wild boars and if you’re lucky barking deer, but they are very shy and seem to avoid humans.
You need to listen for, and watch out for the risk takers flying down the trail on a mountain bike. They are not supposed to be on the trail as its pretty dangerous in some parts, but this rarely deters them.
Incidentally, this is the same path that leads to the start of the West Dog’s Teeth Ridge which is known to be the hardest, and most dangerous, hike in Hong Kong.
Please note, that even though it is mostly downhill, the Shek Pik Country Trail does require a degree of fitness.
Once you have arrived at the reservoir you will find yourself on the South Lantau Road on which you can find transportation to either Tung Chung or Mui Wo.
Thank you for reading this post, I hope to be able to do this again with Stewart once the weather gets cooler.
Thank you for visiting stewartgoeswalkies. I am very grateful to my mate David for forwarding this article and I look forward to receiving more of his hiking stories. And, on this point, I would like to invite my readers to submit any stories that they might have. All contributions will be gratefully received.
I have, in fact, done this trail on numerous occasions in the past but that was many years ago, and I too, look forward to doing it again in David’s company.
Note: All photos, were supplied by the author with the exception of those of the Golden Orb Spider which were used by kind permission of Sasha Haldane.