Wilson Trail, Hiking Across Hong Kong

Photographer and Author: Edward Stokes
Publisher: Hong Kong Conservation Photography Foundation (HK) and Friends of the Country Parks (HK), 2003
Format: Softback, 210mm x 150mm, 104pp.
Photos: Colour
ISBN: 962-85274-6-0

 

The Wilson Trail, a superb north to south hiking route, extends right across Hong Kong’s landscape. This hiking guidebook, keeping mostly to the dramatic uplands, also passes through sylvan valleys along the journey.

The guidebook was kindly sponsored by Dr Helmut Sohmen: keen walker and, with his hiking partners the Sohmen Strollers, an aficionado of the Wilson Trail.

The Wilson Trail is Hong Kong’s second longest cross-country hiking route, extending right across the territory from north to south, with some major east-west deviations along the way. The route’s entire distance is 78 kilometres. Everywhere the landscape is appealing – and often spectacular.

Named after Hong Kong’s penultimate British governor, Sir David (now Lord) Wilson, the Wilson Trail commemorates his affection for Hong Kong and his pleasure in walking. Inaugurated in 1994, ‘for the people of Hong Kong’, and opened in January 1996, the Trail was planned to be challenging. Thus its route crosses some of Hong Kong’s highest summits.

The grandeur of the Wilson Trail is the best reason to hike it. Often, given the sheer topography, surreal surprises jump up – with birds-eye views off steep slopes onto the urban districts.

The Wilson Trail skirts many of Hong Kong’s urban areas, and so it is a popular route for ‘morning walkers’. These generally retired people hike, socialize and enjoy Hong Kong’s easily accessible and superb Country Parks.

The drama of the landscape delights the eye. There are panoramas across areas untouched by man, and many remain entirely natural. Perhaps no other place in the world has such contrasts. And there is an abundance of ecology for, despite its area, Hong Kong has a wide diversity of flora and fauna.

This guidebook will appeal to residents and visitors, and to walkers with all levels of fitness. The book has memorable photos, detailed transport notes, and contoured hiking maps.