Monday, 7 September 2015

A morning at the quarry

Cross this little bridge from Fu Yong Estate at Upper Bukit Timah Road (near the Rail Mall) -- and you will be on your way to the quarries. BTW, the Rail Mall used to be an old row of shops specialising in tyres if I remember rightly, from my days living in a rented room at Dairy Farm (in the late-1980s and early 90s). At the end of the row, was a "jir char" stall selling cooked dishes such as hor fun etc. It had light bulbs hanging from wires on poles, rather like those restaurants you see in Malaysia. The food and atmosphere was good. But now, at Rail Mall, you can find all sorts of hip and happening restaurants, from Korean to Japanese to Italian. There is even a Cold Storage. 

Pictures taken on 6 Sept 2015, a very hot Sunday and pre-election time! See the  WP van in picture left, wending its way through the Fu Yong estate? Later on, there was a PAP van which went on its rounds too. 

After crossing the bridge, you step onto an old tarred road which will take you all the way to the Singapore Quarry at one end. Head the other way and you will hit the MOE Adventure Club and the Dairy Farm Quarry. We chose the Singapore Quarry as our destination. 

You'll see some interesting flowers, cuckoo birds and one or two timid black squirrels -- and the occasional cyclist emerging from one of the side paths like the one below.

After about half an hour's walk and a climb up a gentle slope, you will reach a wooden platform with shelters.

And this very helpful map.

You can back track to the Rail Mall for brunch, or proceed to cross the KTM railway bridge and onto another adventure. Or, you can visit the Dairy Farm Quarry. This quarry has been filled and the view I understand is rather splendid -- a vast green field with rather sheer, stark quarry walls.  


streetsing said...

Indeed the shops at the railway mall I find rather quaint. Did a trek with some Church friends from Dairy farm to Bukit Timah Hill a few years back, it was a nice walk. Saw many interesting plants and white bellied sea eagle at the disused quarry.

Lo Tien Yin said...

Sounds fun. I haven't been climbing Bt Timah for at least 20 years!