Tai Mei Tuk and the Family Walk

Introduction

Tai Mei Tuk is a great area to get the family out into the countryside. It offers restaurants, cycling, boating, and the short trail known as the Family Walk.

Getting to Tai Mei Tuk is easy. Take the 75K KMB bus from Tai Po Market Bus Terminus.  It is quite a long trip lasting 45 minutes (if the traffic is easy), but the scenery will keep you occupied once you pass the Tai Po Industrial Estate.

Upon arrival at Tai Mei Tuk, walk past the bus terminal in the direction of the BBQ area towards the seafront.

Sadly, the very popular barbeque area is still closed off due to COVID restrictions. However, apart from being a popular biking location, Tai Mei Tuk is also a watersports centre and there are rental outlets for kayaks and pedal and row boats. If you are really desperate for entertainment there are even Duck and Swan paddle boats.

Someone got all his ducks in a row…
…and if ducks aren’t your thing you can always hire a swan
The route

The family walk starts just after the boating area. Follow Tai Mei Tuk Road until you come to the Youth Hostel and you will find the start of the walk just across the road.

The walk was just over one kilometre and took an hour and fifteen minutes (allowing for rest and photo breaks)
The Youth Hostel
This signpost is visible from the opposite side of the road
The start of the walk
The Tai Mei Tuk Family Walk

There was only one really steep section but throughout the footpath was well-maintained and clearly signposted.

As you will see from the route map above the route forms a loop. You can take either path at this point, but I suggest carrying on to the right. The reason for this is that you quickly come to the only really steep section of the walk, and, it would be safer to be going up rather than coming down.

The footpath soon levels off

And before too long you are approaching the first viewing point
Plover Cove reservoir
The dam wall which is open to cyclists

For information on the planning and creation of the Plover Cove Reservoir please take a look here.

After a short rest, it was time to continue to the next viewing point. This part of the footpath was particularly pleasant as it went through a wooded area.

Approaching the second viewing point and more views over the reservoir

Once again after a short pause to rest and take some photos, it was time to set off for the next viewing point. This one proved to be the most spectacular as it gave a brilliant view of the Pat Sin Leng Range.

Looking to the left of the viewing point, you can see the villages adjoining Tai Mei Tuk and the Tsz Shan Temple in the distance. Once again, after a photo and rest break, it was time to continue to the fourth and final viewing point.

 

After the last viewing point, the footpath becomes quite steep. The steps, however, are in good condition so all you have to do is watch where you are putting your feet.

Turn right at the junction

Back at the starting point on Tai Mei Tuk Road with the Youth Hostel to the left, just out of sight
Conclusion

 

Getting home is a simple matter of walking back out to the bus terminus. There is a public toilet, not the cleanest one in existence, should you need it before the 45-minute trip back to Tai Po Market.

I used a newly acquired set of trekking poles, collapsible Nikkos purchased from Winboton, in Tai Po Plaza, Tai Po. They are lightweight but sturdy and, of course, you have the benefit of folding them up when travelling on public transport.

 

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Published by stewartgoeswalkies

Happily married man to a wonderful lady. Living in Hong Kong. In my younger days I enjoyed hiking, camping and rock climbing. I've trekked in the Himalayas and climbed Mt. Kinabalu in East Malaysia.

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