Cycling route in Sengkang, Punggol, Buangkok and Hougang – The North Eastern Riverine Loop (NERL)

03 Jul

Update : Many thanks to Punggol 21 Facebook for including this article on their Sunday posting. Visit their website at for updates and and news around Punggol. Cheers!

2nd Update : The original article was written way back on 3 July 2011. Since then, this route has been officially opened on 25 February 2012 and is called The North Eastern Riverine Loop (NERL). Refer to the brochure here : Guide to NERL and also another map here : nature walk punggol promenade.

The four housing estates are next to one another and cycling back to back are easily done. Does not matter where you start from. It is a circular route, meaning you can end at your starting point.

Sengkang PCN to Punggol PCN to Punggol Jetty

I live in Sengkang. To start off, I usually head to the Sengkang Riverside Park. Take a right turn, pass under the TPE/SLE expressway and on to the Punggol PCN. After passing Punggol Marina Club, Punggol Beach and the Jetty are within reach.

Punggol Jetty

Punggol Jetty to Lorong Halus Wetland

After reaching Punggol Jetty, turn to Punggol Road and head to Lorong Halus Wetland.  The Punggol Promenade on the right side of Punggol Jetty is not opened yet. For now, you need to take this road if returning to Punggol Estate.

The narrow curb is only on the left side (on the right side of Punggol Road if you are coming from the opposite direction, that is, from Punggol Estate to Punggol Jetty). Please be careful here. As mentioned, the curb is very narrow. Vehicles will be behind your back. I was cycling yesterday and a big tour bus came by from behind me. There was less than 30 cm gap from my bike and that bus when it passed by. Of course, starting from the opposite direction gives better visual because now you will be facing oncoming traffic instead.

There are two uphill sections. The first one I opt to dismount because it is tiring on the legs. The momentum downhill after the first climb will give enough energy to cycle the second uphill section.

After that, take a left turn to Punggol Drive. On this section, the wild Mimosa plants grow abundantly and take up space on the walking curb. They have torns . So wear long pants to avoid being hurt if using the walking curb to avoid traffic. Soon there comes a bridge. Underneath, construction is still on-going for the Punggol Waterway, the canal that connects Serangoon Reservoir to Punggol Reservoir.

Bridge overlooking the Punggol Waterway

Lorong Halus Wetland to Punggol Park, Serangoon PCN

Keep left to reach Lorong Halus Wetland. Either cross the bridge to see the dam and cycle to Pasir Ris Park or cycle along Serangoon Reservoir to reach Sengkang and beyond – Punggol Park in Hougang. Currently construction is being done for the PCN to be built underneath the expressway that heads to KPE. For now, use the main road or the walking curb to reach Punggol Park.

Serangoon Reservoir at the Lorong Halus Wetland

Punggol Park, Serangoon Park Connector to Buangkok.

The PCN here is called Serangoon Park Connector. Have fun cycling along Sungei Serangoon or the other cycling routes in the park. Usually once done, I crossed Housing Ave 10 and using the park connector, cycle along the canal at Buangkok Drive. Along Buangkok Drive, the walking and cycling curbs are separated so no worries of dismounting to give way to pedestrians.

Buangkok Drive to Gerard Drive and Sengkang Riverside Park 

At the end of Serangoon Park Connector, turn right to Gerard Drive. Yes, Kampong Buangkok is still around. Reach the canal and it is back to the Sengkang Riverside Park.

Sengkang Park Connector with Kampong Buangkok on the right side

The Park Connector Map for Punggol Promenade

Punggol Promenade Map

This map will give some ideas of the things to come. Click on the photo for an enlarge view. For now Punggol Promenade is still under construction. Once it is open, we do not have to cycle on the roads anymore. Makes for a scenic and safer environment for everyone.

Hope the information is useful. Have fun cycling!

News Articles
North Eastern Riverine Loop links 4 parks in Punggol & Sengkang (Straits Times)
North Eastern Riverine Loop connects 4 parks (Today Online)

Related posts on this blog
Park Connector Network (PCN) from Sengkang Riverside Park to Punggol Beach
Sengkang Riverside Park & Punggol Park Connector
Punggol Waterway – near Punggol Reservoir
Night Landscape at Lorong Halus Wetland


Posted by on July 3, 2011 in photography, postaday2011, singapore, Travel


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2 responses to “Cycling route in Sengkang, Punggol, Buangkok and Hougang – The North Eastern Riverine Loop (NERL)

  1. Johnny Ho

    July 15, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Nice informative blog.

    By the way, URA says the entire Punggol connector cycling circuit

    SengKang East
    Punggol East,
    Sungei Serangoon,
    Punggol Promenade Riverside walk,
    Punggol Jetty,
    Sungei Punggol
    Marina Country Club
    Sengkang East Park

    is scheduled to be completed in end of September 2011.

  2. hasayang

    July 15, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Hi Johnny. Thanks for that updated information. Looking forward when all that is fully completed. It is going to be one of the most scenic route of the Park Connector Network, in my opinion. Going to attempt cycling to Pasir Ris Park one of these days.


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