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MacLehose Trail is a 100-kilometre hiking trail that traverses through eight country parks in the New Territories. Like veins in the wilderness, MacLehose Trail covers the country parks, connecting nature and human in all directions. To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of MacLehose Trail, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department is going to organise the MacLehose Trail Maintenance Workshops. Through hands-on participation at this workshop, participants will learn more about the causes and impact of soil erosion on the trails, its management and maintenance method, as well as the importance of trail conservation and how to use the trails in a sustainable way.
MacLehose Trail MacLehose Trail, opened on 26 October 1979, was the first long distance hiking trail in Hong Kong. This year is the 40th anniversary of this iconic hiking trail. To commemorate this special occasion, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department is organising a series of celebration programme from September to December 2019 to promote the fun of hiking and showcase the stunning natural beauty, interesting heritage and relics and amazing wildlife along different sections of MacLehose Trail. Summary of MacLehose Trail 40th Anniversary Celebration Programme: Date Activities Venue September – November Complete Walk on MacLehose Trail 2019 MacLehose Trail Sections 1 – 10 19 October Hong Kong Trails Day (End) Tai Tong Barbecue Area No. 1, Tai Lam Country Park and MacLehose Trail Section 10 26 October MacLehose Trail 40th Anniversary Celebration Day (End) MacLehose Trail Sections 6 & 7 (Shing Mun Country Park) 3 November Public Talk: The Legendary MacLehose Trail (End) Hong Kong Science Museum 30 November 1 December 7 December 8 December MacLehose Trail Maintenance Workshop MacLehose Trail Selected Sections 14 – 15 December MacLehose Trail Campers MacLehose Trail Sections 4 & 5 and Gilwell Campsite September – December Excursion with Experts at MacLehose Trail MacLehose Trail Selected Sections (Information provided by provided by Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department)
Many outdoor facilities and overnight facilities such as picnic sites and campsites are provided along MacLehose Trail to encourage and facilitate hikers to explore the wilderness of country parks. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of MacLehose Trail, Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department will co-organise a two-day hiking cum camping event with the Scout Association of Hong Kong to offer a unique outdoor experience to participants. The participants will have wild camping at Gilwell Campsite and take delight in exploring the day and night of MacLehose Trail Sections 4 and 5. Side events and workshops will be organised to enrich the outdoor experience and promulgate environmentally responsible hiking and camping practices along the leave no trace principles.