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Section 1 Stanley Gap Road to Wong Nai Chung Reservoir Section 6 Tai Po Road to Shing Mun Reservoir
Section 2 Wong Nai Chung Reservoir to Lam Tin Section 7 Shing Mun Reservoir to Yuen Tun Ha
Section 3 Lam Tin to Tseng Lan Shue Section 8 Yuen Tun Ha to Cloudy Hill
Section 4 Tseng Lan Shue to Sha Tin Pass Section 9 Cloudy Hill to Pat Sin Leng
Section 5 Sha Tin Pass to Tai Po Road Section 10 Pat Sin Leng to Nam Chung
   
Starting Point: Yuen Tun Ha
Finishing Point: Cloudy Hill
Length: 9.0 kilometres
Time: 4.0 hours
Difficulty: Very Difficult
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Introduction:
Drawn downhill into suburban surroundings, the Wilson Trail perhaps wishes that it could leap across Tai Po’s developed areas – and begin Section 8 with the clear enticing challenge of climbing Cloudy Hill. Some hikers may wish to do exactly that. But, described below, we follow the mapped route, though hurrying across the first part.

Turning left uphill, past the Fan Sin Temple and gradually working up through villa homes, the route has earth paths, concrete steps, bitumen and later a narrow road. Initially climbing, then running along a level, it skirts the valley’s middle slopes past grassy hillsides and nursery farms. After a two-kilometre excursion through here, the trail descends to Shek Kwu Lung. Then, across the river, it goes northwest for 400 metres – before taking a right turn, to head to Tai Po Tau Drive. This is the least attractive part of all the Wilson Trail, and you may prefer to go by taxi to Tai Po Tau Drive.

The trail up to Cloudy Hill is exhilarating. As it ascends, woodland quickly gives way to shrubland, blazing pink in spring with melastomas. Then, beyond the first pavilion, wide panoramas begin to appear.

Transport Access:
Public Transport Take the MTR to Tai Po Market MTR Station. From there take a taxi to Yuen Tun Ha, via Sheung Wun Yiu.

Taxi Distance and Time
Kowloon Star Ferry to Yuen Tun Ha or Tai Po Tau Drive – 24 km, about 40 minutes.

Section Start Point
Section 8 starts from the Yuen Tun Ha shelter pavilion. The first part, south of Tai Po, is uninspiring. The path crosses village areas, leading to a road below the highway. It continues along the river and via urban areas to Tai Po Tau Drive (W099). Once there, beyond the houses, Section 8 goes up some pink steps. To shorten the hike, begin at Tai Po Tau Drive. Provisions are available at various places between Yuen Tun Ha and Tai Po.

Section End Point
Cloudy Hill. To begin Section 9, simply continue on. To return home, go back to Tai Po Tau Drive – or continue along Section 9 to Hok Tau Reservoir. At the reservoir, turn left along the road for one kilometre. From there minibus runs to the MTR Fanling station.

Green Minibus
52B          Hok Tau - Fanling Station

 

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