Now just over halfway along the Wilson Trail’s entire
length, the route crosses Shing Mun dam and turns
northwards – where Section 7 begins its journey
along the reservoir. The valley setting is impressive
and, off to the left, Tai Mo Shan’s imposing
slopes and summit rise up.
The trail leading around the eastern banks is
one of the territory’s most attractive reservoir
walks. The water lies close below, the vegetation
is varied – and, given the elongated inlets, the
path’s turns bring ever-changing vistas. At the
start one is looking generally north, across the
water to rising wooded slopes. The reservoir itself,
edged with orange-brown banks, runs back into narrow
inlets ending at stony gullies. Hiking farther
on, larger inlets provide views to the south –
to the main dam wall and in one place right back
to Smuggler’s Ridge. The hillside vegetation becomes
richer towards the far end, with fern-filled depressions,
canopy trees and – in one place – a curtain of
overhanging bamboos. Gully streams enclose lush
vegetation, with mosses and lichens.
So the reservoir leads around, with ever changing
surroundings and fresh vistas. Towards the northern
end its waters narrow. Here one gazes past lagoons
to the western shore. Paperbark trees flourish
on swampy land, helped by inundations when the
reservoir over fills. In spring yellow-flowered
acacias colour the hills. Beyond the narrow head
of the reservoir a woodland trail wends uphill,
amidst tall bamboos. At the top, a stream crosses
the path – its shaded rock platform making a pleasant
oasis for resting.
Farther on, the woodland is at
its most mature and striking. In the densely vegetated
gullies, amidst lichen boulders and moss banks,
huge elephant ear plants and massed ferns luxuriate.
Public Transport Take the MTR to Tsuen Wan station. From Shiu Wo Street take Minibus 82 to its terminus below Shing Mun Reservoir. From there it is a 15-minute walk to the start point of Section 7, as described below.
82 Tsuen Wan (Siu Wo Street) - Shing Mun Reservoir
Taxi Distance and Time
Kowloon Star Ferry to Shing Mun Reservoir – 14 km, about 30 minutes.
Section Start Point
From the Shing
Mun Reservoir minibus terminus, bear right and
walk up the road for about a kilometre. Go across
the main eastern dam. Where the dam ends, turn
sharp left. Section 7 starts up the steps (W071).
Section End Point
Yuen Tun Ha
shelter pavilion, beside a Country Parks map. Continue
downhill to the villa houses, where minibuses run
to Tai Po Market MTR Station. If you are doing
Section 8, it is easiest to take a taxi across
to Tai Po Tau Drive – where Section 8 begins the
climb to Cloudy Hill. (See Section 8 information.)
23S Ta Tit Yan - Tai Po Market (Circular)