For most parts, Singapore is very friendly to non car owners; public transport is cheap and easy to navigate, and we can get to most places without driving. Two places however that we’ve been wanting to visit but have been putting off due to inaccessibility, are Sungei Buloh Nature Reserve and Chek Jawa. Thankfully, new Berlayer Creek Trail offers a similar experience. What’s more, with its wide and flat passageways, it is also very friendly to kick scooters, strollers and wheelchairs.
According to the National Parks Board, less than 5 per cent of the original mangrove forests are still standing today. Ah, the price of modernisation and economic development. But how wonderful that Singapore is doing its part to conserve as much nature as possible, but also to make it available and accessible to the public. It’s beautiful to hear the sounds of the mangrove, and fascinating to see what the vegetation does to survive. Look out for the exposed high roots of the mangrove trees, keep your eyes peeled for mudskippers and kingfishers!
Berlayer Creek is only 900 metres long (which should take about 15 minutes at most) so there will be no chants of “Are we there yet?”. Along the way are two look-out decks where you can get even closer to the mangrove. Stay on the boardwalk; going down into the little stream is prohibited, both for your own safety as well as for the wildlife.
And before you know it, you’ve come to the end of the Berlayer Creek Trail and the scene changes completely. You’ll leave the mangrove behind you and you’ll emerge from the shaded mangrove swamp to the open view of the sea. Or if you’re there in the early morning, be greeted by the sight of a very low tide.
There are a few benches so this is a good pit stop for a water break. We like bringing sandwiches and having our dinner there while enjoying the view before heading off for more scootering on the Bukit Chermin Coastal Walk.
You can either continue the walk to the beautiful Bukit Chermin Coastal Walk (on the left), or head right to Labrador Park.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can climb down, look carefully at the rocks – check out the barnacles, shellfish, hermit crabs and dried up coral.
At the end of the Bukit Chermin Coastal Walk, you’ll come to the Marina at Keppel Bay with its display of yachts. The Keppel Bay Promenade is where the Coastal Walk ends, and is also a good place for another water break stop. If you like, Vivocity is a further 10 to 15 minutes away, although the route is merely functional and there are no awesome views along the way.
This walk is a wonderful way to start the day (with a different view of low tides) or to end one (enjoy your dinner with the sunset!) and easy enough for all ages. We really enjoy this trail and hope you will too!
Getting to Berlayer Creek/Bukit Chermin Coastal Walk
Berlayer Creek is right next to the Labrador MRT station on the Circle Line. There are no toilets along the way; the closest one is located at the MRT station, or at Labrador Park. For drivers, carpark C is the short walk away.
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