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Milliken Hill Road Enugu


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A green road meanders up a hill behind the Coal City Metropolis. Strangely, this is one road, which has two names. No wonder legends abound here.

It is popularly known as Milliken hill road, as well as Ngwo-Enugu road, and was constructed during the colonial period by countless labourers drawn from neighbouring villages, using pick and axe to cut through thick bush and great stones.

          Milliken Hill is a famous tourist attraction in the beautiful city of Enugu, Enugu State. History has it that in 1908, a British expedition on its way to the middle belt from Awka, sighted the hill at Enugu Ngwo and reported back to Lagos. Interest in the mineral potential of the hill compelled the colonial government to send a team of mining engineers to the place in 1909 to prospect for silver, but the team struck coal instead. The Europeans settled at Ngwo on the top of the hill now called “Hilltop”. The 4.8km long Milliken Hill Road was constructed because of coal discovery on the hill, and it was named after the head engineer who designed the road.

 

             Milliken hill is in Ngwo a village on the outskirt of Enugu City, they are 100 meters above sea level, offering a beautiful standpoint for a panoramic view of Enugu metropolis, especially at dawn and dusk. The road winds through the foot of the hill bounded by a deep gully. Underneath the hills are relics of coal mines and its beautiful tunnels. Beneath the Milken hills is the Iva valley. The hills are good for mountaineering. However, drivers are advised to drive slowly with caution through the meandering roads.

             

                      A tour on the road introduces a first time user to the beautiful green nature of Enugu. I describe my experience as being on a natural roller costar.  The road further leads to New Market, the largest market in Enugu. The road also leads to Polo park shopping mall on Abakaliki, Road currently the biggest mall In West Africa. The road also leads to the famous Pine forest, a forest that harbors rows of pine trees form a natural canopy ideal for picnickers; the natural carpet of pine leaves makes this more interesting as it can serve as a natural blanket. Also, if you enjoy hiking, you can hike down to the valley where a waterfall within a natural cave makes for a good feast for the eyes.

 

 DRIVING

                 The road winds up the hill with several distinct bends along its course and this had caused several accidents in the past. A new user of Milliken Hill should not over speed, over take a car at the various sharp bends, and should take notes of weather conditions since past accidents were recorded on rainy days, indicate his interest if he wants to overtake, should not use defectives vehicles on the road, not exceed capacity of lorry and make sure loads are securely fastened.

 

               Milliken Hill and its environment make you more conscious and aware of nature, of the beauty of earth and draw you closer to both and its creator. It is one of the most interesting places a visitor in Enugu should go. It boasts of amazing views, both of itself and the city it entertains. Left almost unaffected by the rapid development of the city below it is a wonder to behold and it accents this city by allowing itself to be used as a beautiful platform from which to see the city also.A green road meanders up a hill behind the Coal City Metropolis. Strangely, this is one road, which has two names. No wonder legends abound here.

It is popularly known as Milliken hill road, as well as Ngwo-Enugu road, and was constructed during the colonial period by countless labourers drawn from neighbouring villages, using pick and axe to cut through thick bush and great stones.

          Milliken Hill is a famous tourist attraction in the beautiful city of Enugu, Enugu State. History has it that in 1908, a British expedition on its way to the middle belt from Awka, sighted the hill at Enugu Ngwo and reported back to Lagos. Interest in the mineral potential of the hill compelled the colonial government to send a team of mining engineers to the place in 1909 to prospect for silver, but the team struck coal instead. The Europeans settled at Ngwo on the top of the hill now called “Hilltop”. The 4.8km long Milliken Hill Road was constructed because of coal discovery on the hill, and it was named after the head engineer who designed the road.

 

             Milliken hill is in Ngwo a village on the outskirt of Enugu City, they are 100 meters above sea level, offering a beautiful standpoint for a panoramic view of Enugu metropolis, especially at dawn and dusk. The road winds through the foot of the hill bounded by a deep gully. Underneath the hills are relics of coal mines and its beautiful tunnels. Beneath the Milken hills is the Iva valley. The hills are good for mountaineering. However, drivers are advised to drive slowly with caution through the meandering roads.

             

                      A tour on the road introduces a first time user to the beautiful green nature of Enugu. I describe my experience as being on a natural roller costar.  The road further leads to New Market, the largest market in Enugu. The road also leads to Polo park shopping mall on Abakaliki, Road currently the biggest mall In West Africa. The road also leads to the famous Pine forest, a forest that harbors rows of pine trees form a natural canopy ideal for picnickers; the natural carpet of pine leaves makes this more interesting as it can serve as a natural blanket. Also, if you enjoy hiking, you can hike down to the valley where a waterfall within a natural cave makes for a good feast for the eyes.

 

 DRIVING

                 The road winds up the hill with several distinct bends along its course and this had caused several accidents in the past. A new user of Milliken Hill should not over speed, over take a car at the various sharp bends, and should take notes of weather conditions since past accidents were recorded on rainy days, indicate his interest if he wants to overtake, should not use defectives vehicles on the road, not exceed capacity of lorry and make sure loads are securely fastened.

 

               Milliken Hill and its environment make you more conscious and aware of nature, of the beauty of earth and draw you closer to both and its creator. It is one of the most interesting places a visitor in Enugu should go. It boasts of amazing views, both of itself and the city it entertains. Left almost unaffected by the rapid development of the city below it is a wonder to behold and it accents this city by allowing itself to be used as a beautiful platform from which to see the city also.

Updated 3 Years ago
 

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