New Running Place in Singapore: 6 Things You Must Do at Windsor Nature Park
Opened on 22 April 2017, Windsor Nature Park offers 75-hectare green space and three new trails for visitors and runners.
Situated off Venus Drive, Windsor Nature Park serves as a buffer park to protect the Central Catchment Nature Reserve. NParks took over two years to repair old trails and add new trails, as the low-lying area is prone to being flooded with water. The new raised boardwalks will prevent compaction of tree roots and erosion.
Here are 6 interesting things you can do at the newly opened Singapore's Windsor Nature Park.
1. Explore the trails
Explore the three trails at Windsor Nature Park at your own pace, either by walking or running. At 350m long, Hanguana Trail is an easy trail, well suited for leisure walks. Named after Hanguana rubinea, a plant found only in Singapore, Hanguana Trail offers rare native plants and trees along the trail loop.
The Squirrel Trail features boardwalks and several cobblestone walkways with freshwater streams. Meanwhile, the Drongo Trail features a sub-canopy walk that allows visitors to enjoy the view of vegetation and wildlife between ground and canopy level. There is a section at Drongo Trail where the walkway is 4m high, near the intersection with MacRitchie Trail. The total length of Squirrel Trail and Drongo Trail is 2.2km.
2. Trek to TreeTop Walk
If you haven’t been to TreeTop Walk yet, you should go. The 250m suspension bridge provides an awesome bird’s eye view of the forest. Do note that From Tuesday to Friday, it is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. On Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday, it’s open from 08:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
At the end of Drongo Trail, follow the signs to TreeTop Walk. The journey is less than 2km long from Drongo Trail, but it involves a steep hike near the TreeTop Walk.
3. Long Runs
Training for a marathon or an ultramarathon and need to clock some long runs? From Windsor Nature Park, run towards MacRitchie Reservoir, complete a whole loop of the reservoir (either clockwise or counter-clockwise) and end your run at Windsor Nature Park; you will clock at least 10km. Not enough? Do more than one loop, or run to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.
4. Observe and Appreciate Biodiversity
Nature lovers, take your time as you slowly discover the huge variety of floras and faunas at the park. The marsh habitat was created to provide additional wetland habitat to enhance biodiversity in the park. Try to spot dragonflies and Masked Rough-sided Frog. In addition, more than 500 trees were planted in the park.
For bird enthusiasts, don’t forget to bring a pair of binoculars if you plan on observing the birds. If you’re lucky, you can spot the Greater Racket-tailed Drongo.
With such a huge biodiversity, you’ll have no shortage of subjects to photograph. Start with the marsh pond and slowly make your way to the trails. Always be alert, you’ll never know what you’ll encounter.
At Windsor Nature Park, you can hardly hear traffic sound. You will feel like a world away from Singapore. It’s a great place to go to when you’re on the edge of a stress or burnout.
Windsor Nature Park is open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily. The carpark at Venus Drive is open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily (no overnight parking). Bicycle parking is available as well.
There are toilets, handicapped toilets and baby changing room. However, there is no drinking fountain.
How to Get There
- Take buses 132, 163, 165, 166, 167, 855, 980, alight at Upper Thomson Road, either at Opp Flame Tree Pk (Bus stop ID: 53071) or Flame Tree Pk (Bus stop ID: 53069).
- Alternatively, take buses 52, 162, 162M, 410, alight at Sin Ming Ave, either at Blk 454 (Bus stop ID: 53369) or Opp Blk 454 (Bus stop ID: 53361).
- Then, walk to Venus Drive.
By car/bicycle: make your way to 30 Venus Drive, Singapore 573858.
Dos and Don’ts
Check NParks’ Trail Etiquette.
These things are not allowed in the park: smoking, littering, pets (except on Venus Walk), feeding of monkeys and wild animals, fishing or poaching, releasing of animals, plucking of plants, damaging of park property, flying of model aircraft, playing of music, motorised vehicles, bicycles, camping, and open fires. Do not enter the park during stormy weather.
Do bring water as there’s no water cooler at the park, the nearest one is at Ranger Station in MacRitchie Reservoir, about 3.5km from Windsor Nature Park entrance. Do use mosquito repellent to avoid mosquito bites. Do walk only on designated trails and boardwalks. Do apply for a special permit if your group is 30 people or more. Lastly, do bring home nothing but fond memories.
Are you a road runner or trail runner? What do you think of the new Windsor Nature Park?