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Flower Wood and East Water Valley Hillwalking Challenge, 2015/11/28

In Brief: Photos from a long walk through the snow from Flower Wood Village to East Water Valley Village.

Our Flower Wood Hillwalking Challenge joins up three of our shorter trails for a 21km ramble between villages in Huairou District and Changping District, crossing a few hills on the way to the end.

There had been a lot of snow in the week before the hike, but the roads were clear and sunny weather was forecast - all go for hiking.

We headed out on Saturday morning, and the roads were indeed clear. The weather forecast was a wee bit off, with big snowflakes falling for the first two hours of our hike. Nice!

Snow in the orchards behind Flower Wood - Flower Wood Hillwalking Challenge, 2015/11/28

Snow in the orchards behind Flower Wood Village.

About to head up into the hills - Flower Wood Hillwalking Challenge, 2015/11/28

About to head up into the hills.

This is about the most sun we saw all day - Flower Wood Hillwalking Challenge, 2015/11/28

Snow falling on the trees.

Our ribbons stood out amongst the winter colours - Flower Wood Hillwalking Challenge, 2015/11/28

Our ribbons stood out amongst the winter colours.

Walking past a frozen reservoir - Flower Wood Hillwalking Challenge, 2015/11/28

Walking past a frozen reservoir.

A stand of pine trees above a stream. A nearby reservoir was frozen solid; the stream was still flowing - Flower Wood Hillwalking Challenge, 2015/11/28

A stand of pine trees above the stream that fills the reservoir.

We hiked on through the hills - Flower Wood Hillwalking Challenge, 2015/11/28

We hiked on through the hills.

This valley was also full of snow - Flower Wood Hillwalking Challenge, 2015/11/28

We followed a trail down a valley.

Snow and trees - Flower Wood Hillwalking Challenge, 2015/11/28

Snow and trees in the valley.

Heading past some houses and up towards the Silver Mountains - Flower Wood Hillwalking Challenge, 2015/11/28

Heading past some houses and up towards the Silver Mountains.

Snow piled up in a chestnut orchard - Flower Wood Hillwalking Challenge, 2015/11/28

Snow piled up in a chestnut orchard.

We gathered at a crossroads in Longevity Village - Flower Wood Hillwalking Challenge, 2015/11/28

We gathered at a crossroads in Longevity Village.

In some of the wilder valleys there was a lot more snow - Flower Wood Hillwalking Challenge, 2015/11/28

In some of the wilder valleys there was a lot more snow.

The trail was somewhere under all the snow - Flower Wood Hillwalking Challenge, 2015/11/28

The trail was somewhere under all the snow.

Snow clumped on pine trees - Flower Wood Hillwalking Challenge, 2015/11/28

Snow clumped on pine trees.

The spring onion harvest may be spoiled - Flower Wood Hillwalking Challenge, 2015/11/28

The spring onion harvest may be spoiled.

Terraces and persimmons - Flower Wood Hillwalking Challenge, 2015/11/28

Terraces and persimmons.

Persimmons, frozen on the tree. Tasty once thawed! - Flower Wood Hillwalking Challenge, 2015/11/28

Persimmons, frozen on the tree. Tasty once thawed!

Not far from East Water Valley Village - Flower Wood Hillwalking Challenge, 2015/11/28

Not far from East Water Valley Village.

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