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Miu Shan Stream 苗三石澗烏蛟騰
Hong Kong

苗三古道出三椏灣  以烏蛟騰路盡處停車場作起步點(小巴入祠心路口下車前行片刻),面對烏蛟騰村右下澗橋接古道入村,村口華景苑右行,往東九擔租方向,林中傍澗村徑放步十分鐘,路過九擔租村而不入,村前石屎徑復穿林中片刻踏過第二道石橋,眼前翠崗橫列左右,披上綠色新裝樹木枝葉迎風左右擺動,彷彿迎接市區來客。忽見樁柱數枝橫於路中,古路左上通疱頭石,取道右行過水田中短樁,接山峽中泥徑放步半小時抵上苗田廢村,穿林依路東下十分鐘即為下苗田廢村,餘屋一排已倒塌。村前苗三石澗細水長流林木茂盛,幽雅中充滿生氣,可想像昔日農業社會,確令村民度過不少歡樂日子。  古道東引下走二十分鐘是為三椏涌,石壆台上昔日獨家住守,而今屋倒多時。近涌邊大片荒田復見綠草悠悠,想起早年露營於此,黃昏持燈涌中捉蟹其樂無窮,至今仍迴旋於腦海之中。【苗三石澗】---源起橫嶺西北部 流入三椏涌   ★為第一代的九大石澗之一,當年以其平順易行,溪隨路轉,相依相伴,旅人進出無礙,故深得人心。此澗有三點可賞之處:一在下苗田之位置,石坡級展廣橫,流水淙鳴﹔二是近灣前的深峽,曲折而幽邃﹔三是出海的「三丫涌」河口,河灣相偎,茵草滿坪。景色由翠谷而出涓泉,復涓泉而繞孤村,倚孤村而踱幽峽,轉幽峽而注清河,聚清河而放珀海,蓋景易之多可謂盡美矣。

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