The full 8 Kilometre route which started at Exit B of the Fanling MTR Station which I did in the company of my son, James and my mate, David.
Leaving home at 7:45, blissfully unaware of what lay ahead. While I did see several elderly people and children on the hike, including one man who was recovering from a stroke and another gentleman walking barefoot, this route does call for a degree of fitness.
The start of the trail as seen from Exit B of the Fanling MTR Station (immediately across the road), and setting off. It starts off deceptively and almost immediately turns into a steep 45 degree struggle.
Very soon the path levels out, leading to a false sense of security. However, soon it is climbing again and this was to be the routine for the remainder of the hike. The first section was the Wu Tip Shan Trail
James lead for most of the hike and as a result almost all of the pictures I have of him are from this angle.
An abandoned restaurant along the trail. I can only assume that the food must have been fantastic for people to have hiked all the way up here to get to it.
Taking a rest before starting the Wu Tip Shan Trail.
The start of the ‘dreaded’ steps.
I estimate that a good 85 percent of the trail was either ascending or descending stairs. And, as you will see, steps, some of which were very steep.
We arrived at the top of these steps and rested before starting the next part of the trail. The Tai To Yan section.
As usual, James lead the way.
On the Tai To Yan Section
This section was gruelling and soon the concrete path gave way to a dirt track with a long series of steep wooden steps, some of which were angled at 45 degrees.
The signpost, Lam Tsuen 4K to go, and having a well-earned rest and premature celebration.
The short section that followed was by far the most beautiful part of the hike. We found ourselves in a Bamboo Grove before the path followed the course of a small stream almost all the way to the next section.
This was the most enjoyable part of the hike and it took us on to the final section, the Ngau Kwu Leng Hiking Trail
The Ngau Kwu Leng Hiking Trail is all on concrete path and in places is very steep. It would probably be difficult, if not dangerous when wet.
It was a relief to get to the end of the trail and James, who had lead us most of the way carried on across the bridge which took us over the Lam Tsuen River towards the Wishing Tree and the first of many cold beers.
The government advisory on this hike is that it requires a degree of physical fitness. This is certainly true. Also, you need to take plenty of water as there is only one or two streams along the way and they are getting on towards the end. And you would need a filtration device for safety. I took 3 Litres of fresh water in my CamelBak and when I used it up David very kindly shared some of his with me. Sturdy hiking shoes are a must and I could not have done without my hiking pole. In fact, if I’d had more experience with hiking poles I would have brought both of them and now rarely do a hike without them unless I know it will be an easy trail.
It took us five hours but a fit person could do it in less. If you are considering this hike do some research into the topography. (Which I failed to do).
Finally, my thanks to James and David for watching out for me and making the day a successful, if exhausting one.
Be safe and enjoy.