Hitting the Trails with the Little Tykes in Tow
Getting around Hong Kong can be difficult, add a stroller to the mix it can be near on impossible. This is why Strollinthekong.com came about. As the 3 of us had our little ones we found it increasingly difficult to navigate round the streets we knew. We started by helping each other out with routes around our local areas and now we are venturing further afield. We’re reclaiming our love for The Kong and Hiking with strollers in tow!
Being asked what our top 5 buggy hikes are prompted much discussion. We’ve agreed on our 5 best stroller friendly hikes of the moment. They include a little bit of everything, long, short, hills, flats, views and beaches. Showing off HK in all its beauty! They will change as we discover new walks, and as our family’s needs change, but will always be some of our favourites! Just click on the links to take a look at these, browse through the others on our website, and let us know your favourites.
1. Monkey Mania – Shing Mun Reservoir, New Territories
This is a great buggy hike with lovely views. It’s definitely a hike, strenuous enough for most walkers with strollers, so make sure you pack lunch and water. The 2.5 hr route circles round Shing Mun Reservoir and it includes some good pushes up, but they are rewarded with beautiful views of the reservoir. Woods, picnic sites and barbecue areas to stop at and play in make this a fabulous day out with the family.
2. Over Lamma, Lamma Island
One of the best we know, but you will need a buggy with suspension. A ferry ride always excites our little ones and makes a great start to this hike. The route starts at Yung Shue Wan, a gorgeous village with shops and restaurants to enjoy before the walk. This 1h 15min hike from one side of Lamma to the other can be made into a lovely day trip by stopping to play at the beautiful beaches on the way over. The walk offers stunning views of the outlying islands and on most weekends there is a man selling ice creams at the top so you can sit back and enjoy the beauty of HK. It ends in Sok Kwu Wan Village which has fabulous seafood restaurants where you can sit at the water’s edge and enjoy a good meal. Then it’s just the ferry ride back to Central to finish off a great day out.
Read more about hiking Lamma Island in this post.
3. Happy in the Valley
This walk is why we created this website. Connecting places we always go to in the most buggy friendly ways. This walk connects Mid-Levels to Happy Valley using the lovely Bowen Road, a pram pusher’s paradise, flat and some pedestrianised road. There are great playgrounds along the way for little ones and wonderful views out over Hong Kong harbour. When you get to the end its just a roll down the hill to Happy Valley.
4. Tykes in Tai Koo
A beautifully flat, paved, harbourside walk with the most stunning views of Kowloon and the NT. This walk starts from the fully accessible Tai Koo MTR station, lifts and no stairs, heaven for strollers! The amazing playground will have kids of all ages engaged and the boardwalk and promenade are perfect for pushing along. There’s a full sized fireboat, with buggy friendly ramp up to the deck, to explore and its a brilliant fun family afternoon.
5. Life’s a beach – Gold Coast Walk
This is probably one of the easiest buggy walks in Hong Kong, with a beach that you can roll your stroller straight onto, a beautifully flat boardwalk and sea views making this a fantastic New Territories choice for a walk. It’s almost like this beach was designed for strollers, and the stroller friendly plaza with multiple lunch options means you can certainly make a day of it. So dig out the buckets and spades, your little ones are going to love this.
We hope that you enjoy some of these hikes. If so please join us! We’re hoping to create a social group of pram pushers who will hike, share routes and help each other navigate around this great city with little ones in tow.a Sign up on the website for more details.
Charley, Rosie and Sharon