As mentioned in an earlier post, Future Plans – Hiking the Cycle Network, I explained my intention to hike the entire length of the Cycle Network in stages. According to the information in the website the sections are broken down as follows:
Tuen Mun – Yuen Long, Yuen Long – Sheung Shui, Sheung Shui – University Station, and University Station – Ma On Shan.
The Route and Getting to the Start
From Tai Wai, take the Ma On Shan line to Wu Kai Sha station and use Exit A1. Walk across the footbridge and take the staircase on the left down to the road.
At ground level you will find the cycle track. You soon come to a junction. Turn left and follow the signs to Ma On Shan. The scenery starts to get a bit prettier.
Shortly after this area, the path enters a subway. Follow the path to the right at the junction and it takes you to the Ma On Shan Promenade.
The Ma On Shan Promenade
Exiting the subway you will see the Ma On Shan Promenade directly in front of you. Cross over On Chun Street and you are on your way.
Looking to the right we saw people day camping at Pebble Beach.
The footpath follows the cycle track all the way along the promenade.
Fotan appears in the distance but at this point there is still some way to go.
Finally at the end of the Ma On Shan Promenade.
The Shui Hang Stream and the end of the Ma On Shan Promenade
Once you are over the bridge you are on the final section before the Twin Bridge which takes you over the Shing Mun River.
Once over the Twin Bridge take the short staircase down to the left and the final section of the route.
I have walked this particular section on several occasions and always found it to be the most boring. This is due to the lack of trees and scenery. Today however, it proved quite exciting with several cyclists having thrills and spills. It has never ceased to amaze me how cyclists can crash their bikes while traveling along a perfectly straight lane.
Sadly, we witnessed several such accidents. In one of them the victim, a young lady, was quite distressed. Fortunately, there were enough of her friends there to offer assistance.
The Hong Kong Sports Institute.
At this point our path and the cycle track separate. We turned off to Fotan, and passed the entrance to the Hong Kong Sports Institute. The cycle track carries on into Shatin and eventually ends Tai Wai.
The Hong Kong Sports Institute and the footbridge that takes you up to the Fotan MTR Station and the official end of our walk. It was just under 11 km.
With the completion of this leg I have now completed the N.T. Cycle Track from Ma On Shan to Fanling. The next leg is a short one from Fanling to Sheung Shui. I will then have to face the two major sections mentioned in the introduction.
Once again I was most grateful to have the company of my son, James, on this section.
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