*Via Mui Shue Hang and the Yuen Chau Tsai Park
In the coming weeks, I intend to complete the New Territories Cycle Trace, which runs, in stages, from Ma On Shan to Tuen Mun, a distance of over 60 kilometres. I have completed the stages from Ma On Shan to Sheung Shui (please refer to the attached map and my earlier posts in the series or see the post here). The remaining two sections are Sheung Shui to Yuen Long and Yuen Long to Tuen Mun. The former is the longest single section at 16 kilometres.
Therefore, the purpose of today’s outing was to see if I could make the distance. While the route from Chung Uk Tsuen to the Waterfront Park was only 10 kilometres, getting to the start, and getting home from the end brought me up to the target of 16 kilometres.
Regardless of whether you are in training or just want a pleasant, scenic walk, this route would be an excellent choice. If you are interested in this route you can get to Chung Uk Chuen by catching the 64K KMB bus from either Tai Po Market Station or picking it up at the Tai Wo MTR Station. Chung Uk Chuen is one of the regular stops.
Alighting from the bus simply turn back in the direction of travel and follow the cycle track. You can read more about the first part of the route here.
Mui Shue Hang
Mui Shue Hang has been mentioned on several occasions on these pages and needs no introduction. Needless to say that it is always a pleasure walking amongst the trees and admiring their beauty.
Also, it was nice to see that the playgrounds were open to the public again (They had been cordoned off due to the pandemic). I know a lot of children, and at least one adult that will be very happy.
After passing through Mui Shue Hang the footpath takes you past Tai Wo and the Kam Wo Bridge. Continue along the Lam Tsuen River towards the sea and you come to the Yuen Chau Tsai Park.
Today there was something new to see along the footpath.
The Mass Transit Railway Corporation, in conjunction with the Hong Kong Government, has made use of part of the retired railway coaches to provide unique seating arrangements along the Lam Tsuen River. This move has been praised by railway enthusiasts that were concerned that the retired carriages would simply be thrown on the scrap heap.
Yuen Chau Tsai Park
The next stop along the route was Yuen Chau Tsai Park.
This is another pleasant area to visit and is popular with families on a weekend. We visited the park some months ago and you can read more about it here.
The Waterfront Park
From Yuen Chau Tsai Park, the route crosses over the Lam Tsuen River. From the bridge you will see the entrance fo the Waterfront Park
Once I arrived at the Waterfront Park I headed for the seating area near the trees. On checking my progress I found that I had just hit 10 kilometres and I was feeling in need of a rest. At that point, I wasn’t concerned about hitting the target of 16K because I knew I still had to get home. However, as mentioned, it was time for a break.
I’m happy to say that on arriving home I found that I had just met my target of 16 kilometres. If I had tried to do the entire route in one go I know I would have found it difficult. So, a good break after reaching the 10K mark made all the difference and I feel fairly confident that I can handle the Sheung Shui to Yuen Long leg of the New Territories Cycle Track.
Once again I used my collapsible Nikko trekking poles from Winboton. They are lightweight but sturdy and reliable with the option of folding them up if you want to avoid poking someone in the eye when traveling on the bus. I highly recommend them.
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