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Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes, 2017/3/05

In Brief: Twenty-two photos from a long but easy walk through the rolling hills by the Miyun Reservoir.

Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes, 2017/3/25

The follows farm roads and trails between villages, crossing rolling hills and farmland.

We’ve been doing this walk since the early days of Beijing Hikers, and we know the area pretty well. That’s lucky, because it seems like there’s a surprise waiting every visit – a new fence, a new road, a trail so overgrown you can’t see it any more ... all kinds of things that require a detour to get back on track.

On this visit we found one new fence blocking the usual path, and the beginnings of a new road cut through the middle of a section that is usually heavily overgrown. There was also a nice surprise – a new trail up to a high point with excellent views.

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Hiking by cornfields, looking for a path over the hill - Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes, 2017/3/25

Hiking by cornfields, looking for a path over the hill.

Follow the ribbons and find the path - Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes, 2017/3/25

Follow the ribbons and find the path.

Climbing up through an orchard - Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes, 2017/3/25

Climbing up through an orchard.

Views of the Yunmeng Mountains - Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes, 2017/3/25

Views of the Yunmeng Mountains.

On a dirt road, heading for the next village - Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes, 2017/3/25

On a dirt road, heading for the next village.

Now on to a concrete path through the fields - Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes, 2017/3/25

Now on to a concrete path through the fields.

Back on to a dirt trail - Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes, 2017/3/25

Back on to a dirt trail.

Quick break in the sun - Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes, 2017/3/25

Quick break in the sun.

A detour around a fence. Our regular trail is up in the trees on the left - Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes, 2017/3/25

A detour around a fence. Our regular trail is up in the trees on the left.

On a flat path by the fields - Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes, 2017/3/25

On a flat path by the fields.

We took a detour up to a high point, following a new path - Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes, 2017/3/25

We took a detour up to a high point, following a new path.

Views towards Miyun City and the mountains - Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes, 2017/3/25

Views towards Miyun City and the mountains.

We’d be hiking through these hills later on - Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes, 2017/3/25

We’d be hiking through these hills later on.

More views of the rolling hills. The low hills in the middle distance are just south of the big Miyun Reservoir - Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes, 2017/3/25

More views of the rolling hills. The low hills in the middle distance are just south of the big Miyun Reservoir.

A last little bit of walking on the concrete roads, passing a tree nursery - Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes, 2017/3/25

We followed new concrete roads, passing a tree nursery.

Heading into the hills again - Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes, 2017/3/25

Heading into the hills again.

Turning off the concrete - Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes, 2017/3/25

Turning off the concrete.

By the trees - Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes, 2017/3/25

By the trees.

Further back on the trail we’d spotted (and smelled) signs of cattle. Here they are - Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes, 2017/3/25

Further back on the trail we’d spotted (and smelled) signs of cattle. Here they are.

We took this shepherd’s trail around the back of the hill - Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes, 2017/3/25

We took this shepherd’s trail around the hill instead of climbing up over it.

Finished the hike, time for snacks and drinks - Rolling Hills and Empty Lanes, 2017/3/25

Finished the hike, time for snacks and drinks.

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