Located at the North East end of Singapore, Punggol Promenade Riverside Walk offers you a cool and refreshing atmosphere along the Serangoon River. Thanks to the recent redevelopment of the promenade, we are able to explore the Riverside Walk all the way until Punggol Promenade Point Walk along the refurbished nature trail.
The access to the Punggol Promenade Riverside Walk (Riverside Walk) is not as straightforward as compared to the access to the Punggol Promenade Point Walk (Point Walk) if you were to take public transport. From Punggol MRT Station, transfer to the LRT East Loop and alight at Riviera LRT Station. From the station exit, take the stairs to your right and walk straight along the pedestrian path (away from the driving range) until you see a Chinese temple.
Turn left into the junction above and walk straight until you see a warehouse-like building. Walk into the building next to the indoor futsal field. The building that you are walking towards to should look something like the picture below.
You should pass by an indoor prawn fishing place named Hai Bin. The Riverside Walk is just behind Hai Bin.
Not only you can fish for prawns (or lobster if you are lucky enough), there is also a barbecue pit to grill your prawns.
From Hai Bin, you can get a bird's eye view of the Riverside Walk. The Riverside Walk stretch is about 1.3 kilometres long. I recommend that you try the route towards your left because you can access the Punggol Waterway as well as the Punggol Point Walk through this route.
As far as I know, there is no bicycle rental stalls along the Riverside Walk. So if you would like to cycle along the stretch, you need to bring along your own bicycle. Another option would be to cycle from the Point Walk to the Riverside Walk. There are a couple of bicycle rental stalls at the Point Walk. The time it takes to cycle from the Riverside Walk to the Point Walk (one-way) is around 30-40 minutes.
There are tracks for pedestrians and riders along most part of the Riverside Walk so it is quite safe to bring your kids there. There are also a couple of lookout points with benches for you to take a break and enjoy the view of the promenade.
After about 20 minutes of walk, you will reach the link bridge that connects the mainland to a small island called the Lorong Halus Wetland. The view from the bridge is very beautiful especially during sunrise as you would be looking out to the East.
There is a water lily pond over at the Lorong Halus Wetland. It is quite a deserted area.
Should you continue your journey further, you will reach the Sunrise Bridge. There are two routes from here that you can choose. The one closer to the Riverside Walk leads you to Punggol Waterway whereas the one which is after the bridge leads you to the Punggol Point Walk.
Before heading to either the Waterway or the Point Walk, I highly recommend that you stop by the top of the bridge and check out the view from here especially when it is sunrise.
Should you take the route towards the Point Walk, you will be greeted by amazing views of lush greenery along the promenade. It should take around 50 minutes to walk and 25 minutes to cycle from the Sunrise Bridge to the Point Walk. If you have time, I recommend that you take the Point Walk option as you will be rewarded by not only amazing scenery but also delicious seafood over at the Point Walk.
One of my favourite part of the Nature Walk towards the Point Walk is this stretch of trees which form a semi arch over you. It is like natural architecture.
The best experience that you can get out of the Punggol Riverside Walk is to cycle or jog all the way to Punggol Point. If you'd like to catch the sunrise, begin your journey here. Have a picnic, do some fishing, explore the Lorong Halus Wetland and walk your way to the Point Walk. Check out the Punggol beach, the nostalgic Punggol Jetty and try the awesome seafood restaurants over at Punggol Point. Hopefully after you had done all these, you are on time to enjoy the beautiful sunset.