Top 25 Best Cycling Routes and Nature Trails in Singapore [2021 Edition]
Perhaps it’s no surprise that Singapore has so much park connectors, cycling routes and nature trails that snakes practically all corners of the city, from Coney Island Park all the way to the Jurong Lake Gardens. So much so that cycling (or even walking!) from one end of Singapore to the other has become a sort of national past time. But whether you just want to feel the breeze on the East Coast Park or be amidst the towering trees of the MacRitchie Reservoir, here are the Top 25 Best Cycling Routes and Nature Trails in Singapore for you to explore.
Table of Contents
- 1. Singapore Round Island Cycling Route
- 2. Coast-to-Coast Trail Cycling Route
- 3. North Eastern Riverine Loop Cycling Route
- 4. Kranji Marshes Loop Cycling Route
- 5. Mount Faber Loop Cycling Route
- 6. Mandai Loop Cycling Route
- 7. Eastern Coastal Loop East Coast Cycling Route
- 8. Jurassic Mile Cycling Route
- 9. Marina Bay Loop Cycling Route
- 10. St John’s Island & Lazarus Island Cycling Route
- 11. Coney Island Loop Cycling Route
- 12. Central Urban Loop Bishan Cycling Route
- 13. Northern Explorer Loop Sembawang Cycling Route
- 14. Rower’s Bay Park Cycling Route
- 15. Sentosa Island Cycling Route
- 16. Chestnut Nature Walk Cycling Route
- 17. Jurong Lake Gardens Cycling Route
- 18. East Coast Park Connector Network Cycling Trail
- 19. Lorong Halus Park Connector Cycling Route
- 20. Western Adventure Loop Cycling Route
- 21. Pulau Ubin Cycling Route
- 22. Alexandra Park Connector Cycling Route
- 23. Ketam Mountain Bike Trail Cycling Route
- 24. Bishan – Ang Mo Kio Park Cycling Route
- 25. Hillview Cycling Route
1. Singapore Round Island Cycling Route
The Round Island Route (RIR) is a continuous 150 km park connector that goes around Singapore. It will complement the existing Park Connector Network, connecting existing natural, cultural, historical and recreational sites and linking communities together.
The first phase of the RIR is the 60 km route between Rower’s Bay and Gardens by the Bay. The RIR node at Rower’s Bay features a new boardwalk that brings visitors closer to the water, a lookout pavilion, swales and a wetland. Visitors to Rower’s Bay can make their way towards Seletar Aerospace Park and the next point of interest via a completed 3 km of RIR.
Today, of the 60 km first phase of the RIR, 50 km between Sengkang Riverside Park and Gardens by the Bay is already connected. With the completion of Rower’s Bay and the 3 km to Seletar Aerospace Park, 7 km remains to be linked up. This brings us closer to completing the connectivity along the entire 60 km by 2021 when the public will be able to enjoy more nodes with amenities, widened paths along several sections and enhanced planting to provide shade.
Location: Goes around Singapore
Length: 150 KM
2. Coast-to-Coast Trail Cycling Route
The 36 km C2C Trail stretches from Jurong Lake Gardens in the west, to Lornie Nature Corridor near the centre, to Coney Island Park in the northeast. It takes visitors through a variety of parks, nature areas and places of interest. The Trail is complemented by the C2C mobile application, which makes use of interactive augmented reality (AR) elements to provide users with a curated walking experience, as well as a DIY trail guide.
Location: Jurong Lake Gardens – Lower Seletar Reservoir Park (Rower’s Bay)
Length: 36 KM
3. North Eastern Riverine Loop Cycling Route
Discover less-travelled areas of Singapore on the 26lm North Eastern Riverine Loop that links four parks, runs through the heartlands of Buangkok, Sengkang and Punggol, and continues into the rustic landscapes of Punggol Beach, Punggol Promenade and Lorong Halus Wetland.
Riding on the distinct character – filled environment of the Punggol district, the loop is indisputably one of the Singapore’s most scenic park connectors. The route will have you travelling alongside gleaming reservoirs and waterways, and bring you to open waters of Sungei Dekar and the Johor Straits. With its stretches of coastline, canals and wetlands, the loop has a colourful variety of birds and a unique range of plant life for you to discover.
Location: Punggol Park
4. Kranji Marshes Loop Cycling Route
Be charmed by the rustic nature of Kranji Marshes, a 56.8-hectare freshwater marshland that is home to unique biodiversity. Located along the northwestern shore of Kranji Reservoir, it is one of the largest freshwater marshes in Singapore.
Kranji Marshes is home to a rich array of flora and fauna, including more than 170 species of birds, 54 species of butterflies and 33 species of dragonflies. Together with Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, it provides an important habitat in the Kranji area for the conservation of biodiversity, especially marsh birds.
With a range of natural habitats such as freshwater marsh, woodland and grass habitats, Kranji Marshes is a great place for visitors to observe and enjoy nature.
Location: Kranji Marches
Length: 69.5 KM
5. Mount Faber Loop Cycling Route
One of the oldest parks in Singapore, Mount Faber Park is a popular tourist destination, offering visitors a host of activities.
Take a cable car from Mount Faber to Sentosa Island and enjoy the stunning view of the horizon from above. Alternatively, you can gaze through the telescopes at one of the many lookout points that are situated at various sides of the ridge for a panoramic view of the southern part of Singapore and the southern islands. Delve into our nation’s natural heritage at Faber Point, the highest point in the park, where a mural wall depicts scenes of local historical events, and where the tree that was planted during the first Tree Planting Day stands.
Mount Faber is covered by a secondary rain forest. The vegetation on the slope helps to stabilise the terrain besides beautifying the park. The park is part of the Southern Ridges, which also comprises Telok Blangah Hill Park, HortPark, Kent Ridge Park and Labrador Nature Reserve.
Location: Junction of Kampong Bahru Road and Telok Blangah Road
6. Mandai Loop Cycling Route
Running alongside the beautiful Central Catchment Nature Reserve, the 5-kilometre-long Mandai Connector links the Ulu Sembawang Park Connector to the Khatib Bongsu Park Connector. It also joins one of Singapore’s five gazetted Heritage Roads, Mandai Road, (starting opposite Upper Seletar Reservoir Park Carpark and ending at the junction of Mandai Avenue).
Take a calm and relaxing drive on Mandai Road, one of Singapore’s oldest carriageways. Located along the verdant greenery of Upper Seletar Reservoir, this shaded boulevard allows you to enjoy a tranquil driving experience. As you cruise past rows of mature Rain trees with their widespread canopies, you will also be surrounded by lush vegetation of the secondary forest.
Location: Lentor Ave and runs along Yishun Ave 1/Mandai Ave
7. Eastern Coastal Loop East Coast Cycling Route
Embark a journey of fun and play along he spine of Eastern Singapore. Part of the Eastern Coastal Loop connects Pasir Ris Park to East Coast Park – havens for cyclists, runners and rollerblading enthusiasts. If you are lucky, you might even catch a sporting event in action.
Take your pick of stopovers from the numerous green pockets and parks along the loop, or rest at the various food centres to indulge in a variety of food and beverage options. Cool your feet in the lapping waves at East Coast Park and see for yourself why this is the most popular destination park on the island.
Location: Pasir Ris
8. Jurassic Mile Cycling Route
Jurassic Mile is Singapore’s newest and largest permanent outdoor display of life-sized dinosaurs. More than 20 different pre-historic creatures from nine different species stretch over 1-kilometre of the cycling and jogging path. Expect to see carnivorous and herbivorous species, defensive dinosaurs, as well as those that fly. The tallest dinosaur stands at almost 5 meters high!
From a towering Tyrannosaurus Rex to gigantic dinosaur eggs, visitors will be wowed by the lifelike dinosaur exhibits at the Changi Jurassic Mile, making it a perfect outdoor weekend destination for families and friends.
Location: Changi Terminal 4
9. Marina Bay Loop Cycling Route
Hop on this ride anywhere along the way and complete the loop. It has some incredible vantage points of the Singapore River and Marina Bay, and there are plenty of places to stop and enjoy a variety of snacks. You can widen or shorten the route depending on how far you want to get to the Alexandra Canal.
10. St John’s Island & Lazarus Island Cycling Route
The first curated trail on St John’s Island was developed to encourage appreciation for the rich biodiversity and history of St John’s Island and Sisters’ Islands Marine Park. The 2.8 km St John’s Island Trail comprises 15 stations marked with signboards that serve as both station markers and educational resources, highlighting the diversity of flora and fauna as well as the island’s colourful history. This land-based trail covers a distance of 1.6km. You can purchase your own ferry ticket at Marina South Pier and take the 9am ferry to St John’s Island. Bicycle renting is available, so just bought yourself a ferry ticket and start explore.
Location: St John Island
11. Coney Island Loop Cycling Route
Coney Island Park houses a wide variety of habitats, including coastal forests, grasslands, mangroves, and casuarina woodlands. It is home to a wide variety of fauna and flora, some of which are critically endangered. Some plants at the park are presumed nationally extinct in the wild.
Try spotting one of 80 species of birds on Coney Island Park, including the resident male Baya Weavers weaving their large and intricate nests from flowering Acacia trees. Hear the Oriental Magpie-robin’s songs from the forest, or follow the flocks of parakeets flying through the forest canopies. The different habitats in the park allow for a high diversity in bird species, thus making the park an ideal location for birdwatching. With its rich biodiversity in a rustic setting, Coney Island Park offers much to explore for bird and nature enthusiasts.
Start exploring the forest and mangrove habitats on the newly built boardwalk and move on to the beach which can be accessed at five locations. You may also ride through the island along the 2.5 km Coney Island Park Connector, taking in the beautiful promenade view of the Serangoon Reservoir.
Location: Coney Island
12. Central Urban Loop Bishan Cycling Route
The 36-kilometre Central Urban Loop encompasses iconic HDB housing estates in the central region of Singapore including Bishan, Ang Mo Kio, Toa Payoh and Whampoa, and provides direct access to Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, Kallang Riverside Park and Punggol Park. The greenery amid the neighbor hood provides you with lots of recreational options
as well as opportunities to observe a myriad of wildlife up close. Plenty of hawker delights will tempt you to indulge in them. Get away from the busy city centre and enjoy an idyllic day discovering the charms of different neighborhood while traversing from one park to another via the PCN.
Location: Bishan, Ang Mo Kio, Toa Payoh, Whampoa, Kallang Punggol
13. Northern Explorer Loop Sembawang Cycling Route
With scenic parks, a variety of terrain for outdoor recretional experiences, and amazing biodiversiy, the Nothern Explorer Loop offers visitors the chance to get acquainted with the wild and wonderful side of northern Singapore.
Cycling enthusiasts navigate through undulating terrain against a majestic backdrop of large trees. Nature lovers discover the flora and fauna to be found in the 20 – hectare nature area in Admiralty Park, while sea lovers soak in the views from one of Singapore’s longest coastal jetties at Woodlands Waterfront.
Location: Sembawang. Yishun
14. Rower’s Bay Park Cycling Route
The new node at Rower’s Bay is part of the 60 km first phase of the RIR. Serving as a rest and gathering point for park users along the RIR, it features a new boardwalk that brings visitors closer to the water, a lookout pavilion, swales and a wetland.
Rower’s Bay is also part of a future PCN loop around Lower Seletar Reservoir. A new 1.5 km park connector next to Rower’s Bay will be completed by end 2019, and the rest of the loop will be progressively planned and completed in the future.
Visitors to Rower’s Bay can make their way towards Seletar Aerospace Park and the next point of interest via a completed 3 km of RIR. This area features three Heritage Trees, as well as a shelter with charging points. They can also venture into The Oval at Seletar Aerospace Park to explore its rich colonial history and enjoy the F&B offerings in the area.
Location: Selatar Club Rd
15. Sentosa Island Cycling Route
The distance from VivoCity to Sentosa Cove is less than 6 kilometers. This is a relatively challenging route because there are some long or steep slopes. This is a fairly simple route to the entrance of Sentosa.
You will ride along the Sentosa Gateway below the monorail line in the initial part of the track. When transporting tourists to Sentosa Island, please pay attention to the Sentosa Express. You never have to worry about getting lost anywhere on the route, because there are maps and signs to guide you along the way. Once you take the underpass to the opposite side, you can enjoy the walk along the Selat Sengkir canal. It won’t be long before you see the Sentosa Gantry that gives you direct access to Sentosa itself.
Once you pass the gantry, you can ride down Artillery Avenue and then down Allanbrooke Road all the way to Sentosa Cove. As the tracks are interconnected to form one cycling network, you can even ride down to the Sentosa beaches.
Location: Sentosa Island
16. Chestnut Nature Walk Cycling Route
Chestnut Nature Park is located on the eastern end of Chestnut Avenue. Skirting the Central Catchment Nature Reserve, the nature park serves as a green buffer for the reserve.
There are two areas to Chestnut Nature Park – Chestnut Nature Park (South) and Chestnut Nature Park (North). Chestnut Nature Park (North) is about 64 hectares and was opened on 25 February 2017. Together with the southern portion opened on April 2016, Chestnut Nature Park now totals 81 hectares, making it Singapore’s largest nature park to date.
Visitors to Chestnut Nature Park can also find amenities such as shelters, pavilions, information mapboards, toilets, hiking as well as mountain biking trails. Park users can also look forward to a kiosk where they can rent and wash bikes as well as buy pre-packaged snacks.
Location: Chestnut Nature Park
17. Jurong Lake Gardens Cycling Route
Cycle along the Park Connector Network and Coast to Coast Trail while enjoying the sights and sounds of nature. The main path in Lakeside Garden at Jurong Lake Gardens will be part of the RIR, providing a link between the west side of Singapore and its southern end. The C2C Trail stretches 36 km, extending from Jurong Lake Gardens to Coney Island Park. The trail passes through parks and nature areas such as Bukit Batok Nature Park and Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park.
Location: Jurong Lake Garden
18. East Coast Park Connector Network Cycling Trail
Come live it up in the east by embarking on this 42-km long ECPCN cycling trail. Comprising seven park connectors, the ECPCN links up popular beach parks at East Coast, Changi Beach and Pasir Ris – hotspots for cyclists, rollerbladers and water sports enthusiasts. Running and cycling routes on this park connector network are also popular choices for several big-scale sports events, including the annual Sundown Marathon.
This well-shaded cycling route offers you an abundance of scenic views, especially along the coastline. The route also gives you easy access to car parking facilities, toilets, and eateries.
Location: East Coastal Park
19. Lorong Halus Park Connector Cycling Route
The 3-kilometer Lorong Halus Park Connector connects the estates of Pasir Ris and Punggol, and runs through the Pasir Ris Farmway which may bring back your nostalgic memories of the nearby old pet and fish farms. It also serves as the green corridor link between Pasir Ris Park and Coney Island Park, bringing park users to explore the rusticity of the eastern side of Singapore.
Park users can have the opportunity to admire the scenic view of the Serangoon Reservoir and Lorong Halus Wetlands as they stroll or cycle through the park connector. Birdwatching enthusiasts can also choose to drop by Lorong Halus Wetlands and spend a fruitful day there spotting many bird species, including the Chestnut Munias and Little Grebes.
Location: Pasir Ris, Punggol
20. Western Adventure Loop Cycling Route
Forget conventional, manicured parks; find the wild side of Singapore on this Western Adventure Loop. The loop brings you through parks and greenways in western Singapore, where you can choose to unwind amid nature or go on an outdoor adventure unlike any other on this island.
Birdwatchers, look out for the 50 bird species that have been sighted on the loop along Bukit Panjang Park Connector. Thrill – seekers get their adrenaline pumping on the rugged terrain of Zhenghua Park and Dairy Farm Nature Park. Go ahead and work out a sweat; there are ample lush, tranquil areas to rest in afterwards.
Location: Choa Chu Kang Park Connector
21. Pulau Ubin Cycling Route
Be transported back in time to 1960s Singapore as you embark on a trip to Pulau Ubin. Shaped like a boomerang, this 1,020-hectare island is home to Singapore’s last village or kampongs, as well as the Chek Jawa Wetlands, one of Singapore’s richest ecosystems.
Location: Pulau Ubin
Length: 10sq KM
22. Alexandra Park Connector Cycling Route
A continuation of Alexandra Canal Linear Park, the Alexandra Park Connector stretches from Tanglin Road to Zion Road. This urban Park Connector passes by various condominiums, giving users stunning views of the surrounding high-rise buildings and fantastic architectural details.
Visitors using the Park Connector can stop by Valley Point Shopping Centre, which is located along Delta Road, to rest their feet and settle down with a nice drink or to just pick up a quick meal.
Location: Alexandra Park Connector
23. Ketam Mountain Bike Trail Cycling Route
Head down to the rustic trails at Ketam Mountain Bike Park, located in Pulau Ubin, the first in Singapore to meet international standards for mountain biking competitions. This 45-ha park features 10km of mountain bike trails catering to both leisure cycling as well as international competitions. Located around the fringe of the disused Ketam Quarry, this re-landscaped mountain bike park also helps in nature rehabilitation and conservation, attracting wildlife such as the Red-wattled Lapwing and Baya Weaver.
Alternatively, mountain biking enthusiasts can also visit Chestnut Nature Park, Kent Ridge mountain bike trail or Singapore’s oldest mountain bike trail – Bukit Timah Mountain Bike Trail at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and enjoy a day out in nature.
Location: Pulau Ubin
24. Bishan – Ang Mo Kio Park Cycling Route
As one of the largest urban parks in central Singapore, Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park is a great place for families to have a fun day out. Under the PUB’s Active, Beautiful and Clean Waters (ABC) Programme, the old concrete canal has been de-concretised and naturalised into a beautiful 3 km meandering river with lush banks of wildflowers. Aside from its unique waterways, the park features lush greenery, Pond Gardens and River Plains, making it a popular choice with nearby residents for recreational activities.
With open lawns and gently sloping grassy banks along either side of the river, families can have picnics and gatherings while enjoying the beauty and tranquillity of the waterways. The 62-hectare park is also home to a wide array of interesting fauna and flora, making it ideal for nature lovers. Fitness enthusiasts can cycle or jog along the well-maintained tracks, accompanied by the soothing babble of the river.
Location: Bishan – Ang Mo Kio
25. Hillview Cycling Route
Stepping on the Bukit Batok East Park Connector, the drive is relatively short and easy, and you will reach the first photo spot: Little Guilin, located at No. 5 Bukit Batok East Street. Commonly known as “Little Guilin”, the picturesque park depicts a peaceful lake against the background of granite rock formations, similar to the rock formations of Guilin in China, hence the name. You can ride a bicycle along the shore of the lake, where there are two dome-shaped shelters for you to breathe.
Continue to the end of Bukit Batok East Park Connector and turn right when you reach Hillview Park Connector. Step down further and you will arrive at the peaceful Bukit Batok Nature Park, which was developed from an abandoned quarry in 1988. There are lookouts to enjoy the magnificent views of the quarry, as well as biking and jogging trails, and moderately relaxing trails amongst the foliage.
Continue straight and rejoin the Hillview Park connector to reach Dairy Farm Nature Park. The 63-acre park is home to the Wallace Education Center, housed in a restored barn, and so too, where visitors and school-age children can learn about the park’s changing landscape. The southwestern end of the park is the Singapore Quarry; this is a quiet place, ideal for observing freshwater animals and plants. Bird lovers, try to discover Little Grebe, an endangered bird that was previously only found in Lorong Halus.
Location: Bukit Gombak
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