Ridge Walk 2002

Saturday, 13th, 20th & 27th July 2002: 7am - 12pm

A three hour walk to discover the biological and historical richess of the Ridge from Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research in NUS to Reflections at Bukit Chandu. For NUS Staff.

Ridgewalk 1: 13th July - Guides: Joelle Lai, Darren Yeo, Airani Ramli, Kok Oi Yee, Tai Jo Fen, Ng Soh Fang, N. Sivasothi
Ridgewalk 2: 20th July - Guides:
Photos by Joelle Lai: Tai Jo Fen, Ng Soh Fang, Joelle Lai, Darren Yeo, Airani Ramli, Ng Ngan Kee, N. Sivasothi
Ridgewalk 3: 27th July - Guides: Kok Oi Yee, Tai Jo Fen, Ng Soh Fang, Airani Ramli, Ng Ngan Kee, N. Sivasothi

Maps and plant figure handouts - Photos from 20th July 2002.

See URA's Southern Ridges and Hillside Villages Identity Plan (Draft).

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Details for participants

How to register
Please send an email to: greasi@nus.edu.sg Include the following to allow us to prepare transport for the return journey to campus:

  1. Your name,
  2. Date of the walk you are joining (20th or 27th July)
  3. Your department

Where to meet
Please meet at the Public Gallery of the Raffles Museum at 7am. This is at the 3rd Floor of the Science Library building, Science Drive 2, Block S6, Level 3. As we begin the 3-hour stroll, huffing up stairs, we get a practical demonstration of the odd-layout and variable floor numbers in NUS due to the Ridge!

What to bring
Wear suitable clothes and footwear - shorts, t-shirts and running shoes are fine. Be prepared for rain as always. Pack a litre of water, a snack, a towel, and a change of t-shirt to change into. There is a drinking fountain at Kent Ridge Park and a vending machine somewhere in Science Park and Reflections at Bukit Chandu. Bring along coins if you intend to use it.

Itinerary (approximate)

  • 7am: Registration at Raffles Museum (Life Science Lab 7 on 13th July). Receive maps and plant sheet.
  • 7.15am: Walk up to the Ridge behind Department of Biological Sciences.
  • 7.30am: Visit the prewar bunker next to ?point 270.
  • 8.00am: Head towards the Gap, and learn some of the Ridge plants in NUS.
  • 9.15am: Cross the Gap into Science Park Drive.
  • 9.30am: Enter Kent Ridge Park (KRP) from the south.
  • 10.15am: Reach the summit in KRP. Find out about the southern islands from this view point.
  • 10.35am: View Alexandra as you make your way to Reflections at Bukit Chandu (RBC).
  • 10.45am: Reach RBC. Rest, view museum displays and AVA shows.
  • 12.00pm: Bus leaves for NUS via Pepys Road, Pasir Panjang Road, Alexandra Park, AYE, Clementi Road and Lower Kent Ridge Road. ETA NUS 12.00pm.

Point to note
NParks has advised us that the accessway from Kent Ridge Park to Reflections at Bukit Chandu will be closed from August 2002 - February 2003 for some constructions works. During this time, you will have to use Pepys Road to access RBC. Amongst the changes to expect at Kent Ridge Park is a canopy walk!

The time we have to visit the Ridge in NUS, Kent Ridge Park and Reflections at Bukit Chandu merely provides a fleeting glimpse of these areas. We hope the walk will encourage a return trip to these places at our doorstep in NUS, and hope you will enjoy them to their entirety.

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