Wanderlust Hiking Guide:  An adventurous hike at Robin’s Nest Country Park with stunning views

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1st March 2024 – (Hong Kong) The start of any great hike often raises questions about whether the effort is truly worth it. The sweat, the burning calves, the branches that slap your face if you’re not careful, and the rocks that find their way into your shoes—all of these challenges are part of the experience at Robin’s Nest Country Park (RNCP). With its steep inclines and declines, trails lined with trees and bushes that seem to engulf the path, Robin’s Nest presents a formidable adventure. However, the breathtaking view from the summit, with Hong Kong on one side and Shenzhen on the other, makes this trail a favourite among seasoned and daring hikers. Besides its proximity to the border, offering a chance to wave to family and friends in Shenzhen, the rolling hills, marked paths, and opportunities to explore the Lin Ma Hang lead mine caves will satisfy even the most wanderlust-stricken travellers. Join us on this epic journey to the outskirts of Hong Kong for a truly memorable hike!

As of today, Robin’s Nest has been officially designated as a country park, marking a significant triumph for historic preservationists, environmentalists, and conservationists. Rising 492 meters above sea level, Robin’s Nest stands as the highest peak in the northern New Territories, treating hikers to a panoramic view of Sha Tau Kok and the farmlands on the Hong Kong side, as well as the vibrant metropolis of Shenzhen on the other side.

Home to over 650 species of animals and plants, including the endangered Chinese grassbird, of which 90 percent of its population resides in the park, Robin’s Nest Country Park holds immense ecological significance. This makes it an excellent choice for those with a scientific or environmental curiosity. In addition to its biodiversity, the park’s hills and valleys conceal hidden remnants of World War II and mining activities, with abandoned war shelters and houses dotting the landscape, inviting exploration and discovery.

For this hike, we offer a few tips to enhance your experience. Alongside the usual hiking advice, we recommend wearing long pants and considering the use of gloves and a hiking stick. The mountain paths can be overgrown, posing a risk of cuts and scratches to your legs. Ascending the peaks requires gripping long grass, branches, or tree trunks for balance, while descending entails shuffling down dusty paths where regular running shoes may struggle for traction. Be prepared!

Covering a distance of approximately 7 kilometres, this trail is considered intermediate to difficult in terms of difficulty. The total ascent reaches around 492 meters, and the estimated completion time ranges from 4.5 to 5 hours.

To reach the starting point of the Robin’s Nest trail, you’ll need to embark on a journey of just over an hour. This involves taking a long bus ride from Sheung Shui Station and a short trek around Tam Shui Hang village. Fear not, as friendly hikers and villagers have left helpful signs along the way, and minibus drivers familiar with the trail are always willing to provide guidance on where to disembark.

For those traveling from Central, follow these steps:

  1. Take the Tsuen Wan line to Mong Kok Station.
  2. Transfer to the Tiu Keng Leng line and alight at Kowloon Tong Station.
  3. Change again, this time to the East Rail line, and exit at Sheung Shui Station (Exit A1).
  4. Cross the street to reach the minibus stations and board minibus 55k heading to Tam Shui Hang.
  5. Look out for a pink resting area with the village sign nearby, indicating your stop.
  6. If needed, don’t hesitate to ask the minibus driver for a heads-up. The ride should take approximately 45 minutes.

Embark on this exhilarating journey to Robin’s Nest Country Park and discover the wonders of Hong Kong’s natural beauty. Be prepared to push your limits, soak in breathtaking views, and create memories that will last a lifetime.