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