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Plover Cove

Plover Cove

Hike Overview: A very flat, very straight hike across the dam at Plover Cover, this hike is probably as far away from Central as you can get. With water on both sides, and views to Shatin, it’s traffic free and perfect for the kids to practice their cycling. As an added bonus there are plenty of family friendly restaurants at Tai Mei Tuk.

  • Distance: 5.5km
  • Road Surface: Paved Road
  • Time taken: 1.5 hours
  • Hills:With the exception of a slight hill from the bus terminus up to the dam wall, this hike is flat flat flat!
  • No of flights of steps: 0
  • Max steps in one flight:0
  • Shade: None. Very exposed.
  • Type: There and back again
  • Scooter/bike friendly: Perfect for scooting and biking. Bike hire available.
  • Start point: Tai Mei Tuk BBQ Area or Bus Terminus
  • End point: Tai Mei Tuk BBQ Area or Bus Terminus
  • Facilities: Kiosk and toilets at the BBQ area, plenty of restaurants and bike hire (adults and kids) on the Tai Mei Tuk Road. Portaloos available at the far end of the dam if you can’t wait.

Getting There:

  • Taxi: Taxi to Tai Mei Tuk/Plover Cove
  • Bus: #75k or 275R(Sundays and Public Holidays only) or Minibus 20C from Tai Po Market Railway Station. Takes about 30 mins on the bus.
  • Car: Limited parking available at the bus terminus.
Plover Cove Map

The Route:

1. This is a simple hike along the dam wall. Basically you just need to find the dam and no further directions are needed!

 

2. From the car park/bus terminus and with the water on your right, head past the public toilets and through the huge BBQ area to the water. Head left and follow the cycle path on Tai Mei Tuk Road.
Tai Mei Tuk Road
3. Once you hit Bradbury Jockey Club Youth Hostel (approx. 3mins) and mini roundabout, carry on up the hill.
radbury Jockey Club Youth Hostel
4.This is the start of the dam road, and there should be little traffic from now on. Follow the road up the slight (and only) hill on the route. On the day we were there, the AFCD were emptying the bins, but their truck was very considerate.
dam road
5.Once you are up the hill, follow the road to the right and you will be on the dam wall. It’s simply a matter of walking down to the end. The dam itself is about 2km. Plenty of space for the kids to go nuts on their bikes.
End of Plove Cove
Warning: Plover Cove dam is a popular place for cyclists of all abilities to practice, on a weekend there are lots of beginners who aren’t particularly good at going in straight lines – recommend you go early to avoid the rush. We went on a weekday and the dam was almost deserted.

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