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wilson trail stage 9 衛奕信徑第9段-鶴藪平山仔景色
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奕信徑隨著九龍坑山北坡蜿蜒,途經多個風景秀麗的山嶺。踏上第9段,景致愈見壯麗,徑道依著山脊迂迴而行,登上崎嶇高峻的八仙嶺。徑道開始下行,驟見荒野高低起伏,群巒間瞥見新界最北端的狹窄盆地毗鄰深圳河。遠處右方,八仙嶺峻嶽連天,漸入眼簾。舉步前行,不覺間已到了鶴藪水塘之上。這個小水庫狀似牛軛,是本港環境最優美的景區之一。這隅寧靜的幽谷翠坡環抱,漫山遍野的野牡丹競相飄紅,灌木生氣盎然,伴隨蛙兒鳴唱。眺望遠處,脊嶺高低起伏,與天比高,連綿的山脈一直伸展到12公里外的馬鞍山。到了鶴藪,徑道環抱著茂木叢生的水塘而行,穿越一片蒼松,繼而畢直朝八仙嶺的巔峰進發。徑道不斷往上攀,先是石徑,再接上石階,逐步邁向高峰。邊走邊看,偶爾停下來稍作歇息,眼前的浩瀚勝景美不勝收 — 八仙嶺群峰迭起,直奔絕崖陡坡。回望翠谷,林間小溪淙淙涓流,還有古老農圃,在長草裡乍隱乍現,似在訴說昨日的故事。交通:乘地鐵到九龍塘站,轉乘火車到大埔墟站,在該處乘的士到大埔頭徑。的士車程及時間從尖沙嘴天星碼頭前往大埔頭徑 — 24公里,需時約40分鐘。衛奕信徑第 9段起點第9段從九龍坑山頂開始。前往九龍坑山頂,最快捷的途徑就是依著第8段北端,循大埔頭徑登山。假如想縮短行程,可乘九鐵到粉嶺站下車,轉乘前往鶴藪的小巴到鶴藪水塘,以該處為起點。如需要食物或其他用品,可在大埔及粉嶺商店購買。衛奕信徑第 9段終點八仙嶺最東端的仙姑峰。如繼續步行第10段,可沿途下山。如結束旅程,可走一小段下坡徑道,然後右轉到大美督徑,在大美督乘75K或275R號巴士(只在星期日及公眾假期服務)前往九鐵大埔墟車站。

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