January 23, 2013

East Coast Lagoon to Changi Point

This walk took us from the East Coast Park Lagoon to Changi Beach Club a distance of 18km. Along the way we went past the National Sailing Centre, the National Service Resort & Country Club, Changi International Airport, walked through the Changi Beach Park and traversed the Changi Point Boardwalk.

East Coast Park
We first gathered at the Lagoon View bus stop, then walked across the East Coast Parkway via the Laguna Flyover to the East Coast Park to begin our walk.

Bedok Jetty
The day was cloudy but no rain, perfect weather for walking or cycling. We walked past the Xtreme SkatePark and the Bedok Jetty. This is a favourite haunt of anglers who will come day or night depending on the tides to fish.

Just past the Bedok Jetty is the Sunset Beach Bar at the Bougainvillea Garden. It was closed as it was late in the morning. After that we arrived at Kitesurfing and next to it the Outward Bound Centre for the young.

East Coast Park beach
Soon we arrived at the National Sailing Centre and the National Service Resort & Country Club. This is a golf and country club for national servicemen from all services. You can join for terms of either 5 or 10 years. The 3 courses are usually very busy and golfers have to play fast without too much delay or the course marshal will come by to remind you.

Changi Coastal Track
Just outside the golf club is the NSRCC Sea Sports Centre where the young can take part in canoeing and sailing. We stopped by the Belly View Cafe here and had lunch. The prices here are reasonable $5-6$ for noodles and rice dishes. A can of beer costs $5.50. There is also a pub here at the sailing centre. This place should be great for an evening drink by the beach.

NSRCC Sea Sports Centre
After lunch we moved on to the Changi Coastal Track that runs generally parallel to the runway at Changi International Airport. One can watch the planes landing and taking off along this stretch of more than 6km track. We noticed that there were a high proportion of regional budget airlines operating during the late morning and afternoon such as Tiger, JetStar, Air Asia, Lion Air, Scoot and many more. This stretch of road is also very boring for hikers and cyclists but we had to slog through it somehow. There are shelters every 1km to provide rest and shelter from rain and lightning.

Changi Coastal Track
Changi Beach Park
Just past the Changi Ferry Terminal is the Changi Beach Park about 3km long and ends at Changi Point. Changi Beach Park is being upgraded with more shelters and tarred trails. I felt a loss for the dirt trails of the past. Many people come here to fish and relax on the beach as it is readily accessible by public bus.

Just past the Cargo Complex is the SAF Ferry Terminal. This is where NSmen depart for their training at Pulau Tekong. After crossing the bridge over the Changi Creek, we made a decision to continue our walk on the Changi Boardwalk. This stretch is from the Changi Point Ferry Terminal to the Changi Beach Club a distance of 2.2km.

A Catamaran at Changi Sailing Club
Surprisingly although it was sunny along the beach here, it rained suddenly in bright sunshine. After the stretch of beach, we got on the boardwalk and went past the chalets, the Changi Sailing Club and the Changi Beach Club before turning inland to Cranwell Road.

Our walk ended at the junction of Cranwell Road and Loyang Avenue where we took a bus home.

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