‘A Kinabalu Moment’ – The realisation that you have just accomplished a Herculean task and it occurs to you that, having done so, you will never have to do the bloody thing again – JS Sloan on having ascended Mt. Kinabalu (4,095 m), August, 1979.’
Accompanied by my lovely wife, Airyn, who was in charge of photography, and son James, who was in charge of keeping me moving in the right direction, I was able to complete the Sheung Shui to Yuen Long section of the New Territories Cycle Network. Together, we were able to complete the section which was just under 17 kilometres.
This leaves only the Yuen Long to Tuen Mun section remaining.
The Route and getting to the start
Take the MTR to Sheung Shui Station and alight at Exit C. (If you walk to the very front of the platform after alighting you will find this exit on the same level). Start walking in the direction of the highrise buildings and you will soon find a cycle track. This is not part of the NT cycle network, but it will lead you in the right direction.
Continue down Choi Yuen Road in the direction of the Sheung Shui Ambulance Depot. There you will find a footbridge that takes you across the Shek Sheung River.
Of course, no Stewart Goes Walkies outing would be complete without a minor navigational error and this was no exception. I’m pleased to say that on this occasion it was not my fault but I’m not going to mention any names. (See the dog leg in the route map).
Once across the river, the footpath leads you towards the Sheung Yue River and our first rest stop at the Sheung Yue River Sitting Out Area.
This part of the route takes you along the Sheung Yue River which, under normal circumstances would be a beautiful, picturesque section. Unfortunately, due to maintenance work on the river bank, much of the scenery disappears behind construction site hoardings.
After resting for a few moments at the Sheung Yue River Sitting Out Area we crossed the bridge and started on the Long Valley section.
Kwu Tung and the Castle Peak Road Section
This section was the most tiresome. Interspersed with road works and sections where either the cycle track disappeared, or merged into the footpath, or vice versa. Having said that we did pass by some drink shops that catered to the cyclists and interesting historical areas. One of them was Dills Corner, a housing area that used to be the quarters for British Army personnel characterised by the low-rise pink buildings.
Mai Po Nature Reserve
Just before San Wai Tsuen we branched off and followed the cycle track along the outskirts of the Mai Po Nature Reserve.
From this point on the scenery became more interesting as we followed one of the feeders for the Kam Tin River along Kam Pok Road. We passed by Chuk Yuen Tsuen and carried on past the entrance to Fairview Park. To the left of the route, we passed several commercial fishing ponds and took advantage of one to rest.
We decided to end the route at the Pok Oi Hospital. The reason for this is the nearby bus stop where we can pick up the route when we do the Yuen Long to Tuen Mun section.
We made our way to the Mall where we enjoyed a drink and a meal at a German Restaurant. It was here that I had my ‘Kinabalu Moment.’
Looking back on the route map I am still amazed at the length of the section. However, the reason for this is that all of the sections of the New Territories Cycle Network start and finish at transportation hubs. While it is possible to break up the Sheung Shui to Yuen Long section it would entail taking a bus, or mini bus to, or from, the Kwu Tung area, which still leaves a considerable part of the section left to be completed on another day.
This section of the New Territories Cycle Network was hard work and I could not have done it without the assistance of Airyn, who took charge of photography, and James, who kept me moving forward.
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