- Plover Cove is MY TOP trail in Hong Kong. 100% trail (until you get to the dam at the end) and it presents some of the most beautiful views that Hong Kong trails have to offer
- Hannes and I have done gone around this 17km trail (with around a 1000m elevation gain) so many times that we claim to “own” the trail. We even set up rules for ownership. For example, you have to have gone around the trail at least 10 times during the year and if you are a member of the sub 2-hour club, you get extra ownership points. See HKTR Plover Cove Challenge.
- If you are training for a run under the hot sun, make sure Plover Cove is your training ground. It’s totally exposed, the hot air is trapped by the shrubs on either side of the trail. It feels like you’re in an oven. The second half is when you feel like there’s no other place in Hong Kong where you’d rather be
Plover Cove Amazing Facts:
As we are disputing our ownership shares in Plover Cove rather heatedly, Hannes sent me an email that read: “good morning, have been stuck at the airport for 3 hours so took the opportunity to create some educational material with the aim to close our knowledge gap on the subject as I eventually have to handover the property one day to younger generation. Everyday is a slide show, some of it is public information, some of it is personal”.
- Fact one:
- Plover Cove was the first “reservoir in the sea”all over the world. Started in 1960, finished in 1968, providing a capacity of 170 million cubic metres.
- It as once famous for pearl production. Now, it’s a famous, natural fishpond
- Many Hakka villages were displaced. The British colonial government gave them shops along Kwong Fuk Road instead in Tai Po
- Fact two:
- The famous KOTH Series run by Keith Noyes was known as “Tai Po marathon” between 1984-2006. Then the route went around Plover Cove. Hannes organized the newly set up KOTH series between 1998-1999
- Fact three:
- Plover cove is an undulating trail. The highest point on this trail is at a trigonometric station which you can reach if you continue walking for another 5 minutes after the halfway point. You see a sign there that reads “11km to Tai Mei Tuk”. It’s a major landmark of the reservoir
- Fact four:
- There are 3 routes around Plover Cove. Not just the standard Wuk Kau Tang to Tai Mei Tuk. The Ridge Trail, The Middle Trail and The KOTH Trail
- Fact five:
- If you continue to go straight from the halfway point, you reach the most remote place in Hong Kong. It’s 15k of walking to the first settlement or house! There’s no other place in HK where you need to walk this distance before seeing civilization. Over here, you see the Finger Rocks or the Devil’s Hand which is over 200 million years old
- Fact six:
- The tolo channel floating barriers were set up in the early 1990s as all smuggling was done by speedboats through this channel. The smugglers could easily load cars at the Plover Cove reservoir main pier. Once the police barrier was installed, all smuggling stopped
And, a “Fact 7” is that the image you see of the Hong Kong Trail Rockers podcast on iTunes is an actual shot of Plover Cove! When I had to pick a photo as the cover of the podcast, I naturally chose Plover Cove!
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