I awake again in Hong Kong with another metrotrek in mind. But this will be no ordinary hike, today is going to be a little different. Today I venture to the Plover Cove Reservoir Country Trail, probably the most out-of-the-way walk I have taken so far in Hong Kong. I would love to have taken this walk earlier during my trip but the trail head can only be easily accessed via public transport on a Sunday. I got the idea of walking the Plover Cove Reservoir Country Trail via the Hike Hong Kong blog, which is a brilliant inspiration and well worth a visit.
From my hotel in Wan Chai I take the bus to Hum Hong Train Station and then take the train to Tai Po Market Station. From Tai Po Market Station I take the 275R bus to Brides Pool and the trail head of the Plover Cove Reservoir Country Trail. The 275R bus is a special Sunday and public holiday bus which provides transport for hikers of the Plover Cove Reservoir Country Trail and the Pat Sin Leng/Wilson Trails. The green minibus 20R can also take you to the start of the trail at Brides Pool any day of the week but the route is un-timetabled and the times between services can range from 1 to 2 hours. Not that convenient, so I choose to wait until Sunday when the 275R bus runs every 10 to 15 minutes.
N.B. At the time of writing Google Maps seems to think you can access the Brides Pool entrance of the Plover Cove Reservoir Country Trail via the green minibus 20C. I don’t think this is right. From searching the AMS website it seems that the 20C only goes as far as Tai Mei Tuk, the other end of the Plover Cove Reservoir Country Trail.
The problem with a Sunday only bus is that it only runs on Sunday. Therefore, Sunday seems to be a popular day to take this walk. Fortunately, I reach the 275R bus stop at 8:00am (half an hour before the first bus) and take 5th position in the line. By the time 8:30am rolled around the bus was full to the brim. This may not be the most solitary walk.
I arrive at Brides Pool at about 9:00am, which is generally a lot later than I usually start my walks. The walk along the Plover Cove Reservoir Country Trail is 19kms long and takes about 7 hours, which means I won't reach my destination of Tai Mei Tuk until 4:00 pm. You really wouldn't want to start this walk much later than 9:00am in the winter as you will end up in the dark.