As anxious as I am to take advantage of the cooler and more pleasant hiking weather, I am not fully recovered from my bout with COVID. As a result, I have found that my energy levels are not back up to their normal levels.
I decided to stick to trails that I am familiar with and, more importantly, if at any time I felt that it was too much for me, there were several ‘escape’ routes available. Today I was accompanied by my son James, and friends Tiffany and Timothy.
Today’s route started at the Wishing Tree at Fong Ma Po. It took us down onto the Lam Tsuen River which we followed all the way up to Ping Long where we rejoined Lam Kam Road.
The Wishing Tree has been mentioned previously in several posts. To get to Fong Ma Po take the 64K KMB bus from Tai Po Market terminus, or you can pick it up at the Tai Wo MTR. Cross the road and the walk begins once you pass underneath the very grand archway.
The short walk along the main street of Fong Ma Po takes you past the Wishing Tree area, the Lam Tsuen Cultural Centre, and the Tin Hau Temple. Crossing the single-lane road after the temple the route takes you down an alleyway onto a steep path leading down to the Lam Tsuen River.
The footpath is steep but there are sturdy guardrails to hold.
The Lam Tsuen River
I never get tired of walking along the Lam Tsuen River. The gentle running water and the bird song make for a sense of peace and well-being.
There have been a few changes, one of them being the organic garden at the end of the first section. Previously, it was possible to rent plots in order to grow your own vegetables and such. However, this area has been taken over by the Herb Garden.
The Tree Top Cottage
After completing this section of the walk I lead the way across the river so that my companions could take a look at the Tree Top Cottage. Unfortunately, it was a busy day for them and some of the staff were not happy having non-paying visitors walking about the area so we were politely asked to leave. However, it was nice to see it again.
Then, we were back on the Lam Tsuen River for the next stage of the walk.
Almost at the end of the river section, approaching Tai Mong Tse Tsuen to the right of the photo.
We turned off and passed by the Keung Kee Garden and continued back up to Lam Kam Road.
The final footpath leading up to the road. You come out onto Lam Kam Road just opposite Ping Long. There is a public toilet at the entrance to the village should you need it. There is also a bus stop where you can pick up either a minibus or the 64K KMB bus back to Tai Po.
However, we carried on down Lam Kam Road in the direction of San Tsuen and the Kwun Yick Store where we enjoyed some snacks and drinks.
Today’s route in conjunction with the earlier post, The Lower Lam Tsuen Valley Circuit, takes you around much of the Lam Tsuen Valley. It would be quite possible to do both routes in a day with only a slight variation. However, both today’s route and the earlier one make for pleasant morning or afternoon walks. Both routes are suitable for both young children and the elderly.
It was very nice to have the company of James, Tiffany, and Timothy and I hope that they will join me on future outings.
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