Walking in Penang for the non-suicidal – Walk 9 – Gurney Drive to Suffolk House

I  started in the middle of Gurney Drive, at Bali Hai.  This walk took about 45 minutes with a short rest around half way, but there are a few diversions on the way to see if you wish.  My pedometer app said it was 4,800 steps.  Basically stay on the “footpath” on the left of the road.

walking-route

walking-route

The route is:

Gurney Drive,

Jalan Concordia, then cross

Jalan Kelawai to

Lorong Bangkok (or go one block to the left and take Lorong Burma to the right to see the Burma and Thai temples), then turn right at the end onto

Burma Road, then left into

Jalan Cantonment – you can take the next road left, Jalan Pasar,  to see the Pulau Tikus Market, then return to Jalan Cantonment.  Later there is the Hor Kai Kong Temple on the right side of the road.  At the end cross

Jalan  Macalister straight  into Jalan Sepoy Lines. Watch the traffic! Here you can take a rest on a bench and watch the sports field or gaze at the mountains. Then go straight across a busy road into

Jalan Scotland, then take the first left into

Jalan Piggot, and follow this winding road through a rural feeling neighbourhood to turn right into

Jalan York, then immediately left into

Halaman York.  where you take the second street on your left, which is

Medan York (this is a crescent, so the first street on your left is also Medan York) Walk until you see a large car park on your right, just past the condos, and turn right into the car park, going straight for a minute or two  until you reach a park. Turn right into

the park and walk along the path until you see a bridge across the river on the left.  Cross the bridge and Suffolk House will be on your left.

Gurney Drive

Gurney Drive

Bali Hai on Gurney Drive

Bali Hai on Gurney Drive – but we walk in the other direction

Turn from Gurney Drive into Jalan Concordia

Turn from Gurney Drive into Jalan Concordia

a little shrine

a little shrine

a temple on Jalan Concordia

a temple on Jalan Concordia

You can go straight across Jalan Kelawai into Lorong Bangkok, but you can see the Thai temple here. Or you can visit the temples from the next street to the left

You can go straight across Jalan Kelawai into Lorong Bangkok, but you can see the Thai temple here. Or you can visit the temples from the next street to the left

nice houses on Lorong Bangkok

nice houses on Lorong Bangkok

 

At the end of the street are popular places to eat

At the end of the street are popular places to eat

Intersection of Jalan Burma and Jalan Cantonment

Intersection of Jalan Burma and Jalan Cantonment. Turn left here

Jalan Cantonment

Jalan Cantonment

durian stand

durian stand

on the left is Pulau Tikus Market

on the left in Jalan Pasar is Pulau Tikus Market

Jalan Cantonment

Jalan Cantonment

The temple

The Hor Kai Kong temple

big houses on this street

big houses on this street

what

be careful crossing here as there is a lot of traffic

phew, made it across

phew, made it across

you can rest on a bench here

you can rest on a bench here

the view across the sports fields to the hills

the view across the sports fields to the hills

the busiest road crossing

the busiest road crossing – ask your guardian angel for a clear road when you arrive here. I did, and as you can see it was uncharacteristically clear for enough time to safely cross

Scotland Road is busy, but you are only walking besdie it on the footpath for a couple of minutes

Scotland Road is busy, but you are only walking beside it on the footpath for a couple of minutes

then turn here into quiet Jalan Piggot

then turn here into quiet Jalan Piggot

now it's quiet

now it’s quiet and shady

keep going across the bridge

keep going across the bridge

river

river – well, it hasn’t rained much for months now

still quiet

still quiet

approaching Jalan York

approaching Jalan York

another view of the hills

another view of the hills

cut right through this carpark

cut right through this carpark

now you're in the park

now you’re in the park

see that bridge? - we cross it

see that bridge? – we cross it

and there is Suffolk House

and there is Suffolk House

Suffolk House is open 10AM to 6PM, with an entrance fee of RM20 redeemable for food and drink inside. You can pay at the guardhouse. Entrance for children under 12 or students in uniform is free.

And here is a video of the walk:

video of walk

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9 comments

  1. Great pictures and it took me back. I lived in Sri York so know the area well. Is the restaurant still operating in Suffolk House?

    1. Thanks, Peter. I imagine the restaurant is still operating – last time I was there was last year. I did this walk too early in the morning for the gates to be open yet.

      1. I used to live in Sri York (Suffolk House is just at the back of Sri York condo) so I know it well. Once again, really great photos of your walk. Made me miss Penang all over again.

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