Hong Kong had luckily recorded 0 local cases of covid-19 and so my best half and I decided to hike keeping in mind social distancing. So we decided to try a new peak – the Pottinger Peak which is approximately 312 meters high.
Duration: 1 hour 25 minutes ( as we decided to go to Big Wave Bay beach)
Difficulty level: 4/10 ( as the way down involved bushwhacking and rope climbing)
How to get there: Take the MTR to Shaukeiwan and exit at A3. Then take the number 9 bus to the Tai Tam Gap correctional institute stop and walk up the steps of the Shek O Country Park.
Keep walking up the stairs and then take the right and keep walking up the slope. You will pass toilets and then follow the sign that says Big Wave Bay.
Beautiful blue skies and greenery graced us on our walk.
We continued walking and then came to a sit out area. We continued on the narrow concrete path and didn’t turn at the first sign that stated Big Wave bay. We kept walking.
We kept following the Cape Collinson road path. We didn’t take the second right to Big Wave bay too.
When we came to the sign stating viewing compass we took the immediate left which led us to a nice rugged path. This is the way up to Pottinger Peak.
The views were absolutely scenic and stunning.
Finally we reached the top.
We decided to take the right of the radio station and went through a narrow, rugged path filled with bushes.
I realised I wore the wrong attire as I got scratched and grazed by the pointed shrubbery along the way down. So please don’t wear shorts! This path was very deserted and we were the only two walking along bravely.
We came across ropes which helped us climb down. This part was a bit tough.
We finally came to some steps which took us to the part where we started.
We again took the path and turned to the first right toward Big Wave Bay.
It was fantastic!! The beach was too crowded but we did get a coconut and sipped on some cool water, washed our hands and went to the bus stop, luckily we spotted a red mini bus that dropped us off at Shaukeiwan mtr ( he charged us 12 Hkd). There was the number 9 bus too that drops you off at Shaukeiwan.
This was a beautiful hike, something different, a nice mix of concrete, rugged terrain, bushwhacking and rope climbing.
However, please wear long trousers and long sleeved tees to protect your arms and legs.
This hike is not stroller friendly. It is canine friendly but you can’t take your canine to the beach, sadly.
But do try it!! It’s a great workout.
Happy hiking!! Stay safe! Don’t throw your mask and please don’t litter!
If you want to try an easier hike, without climbing up Pottinger peak try this: