Author Archives: Kirsten Amor

Walking Some of the Peak District’s Highlights in a Weekend with the National Trust

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When searching for inspiration for weekend hikes, I frequently use the National Trust website. More than just country manors (although it is as easy to get lost in one of those houses as it is outdoors, am I right?) the National Trust website offers loads of walking route ideas ranging in length and ability, and are particularly good for those with little hikers to entertain!

Recently I completed one of the National Trust’s more challenging hikes, created in association with Cotswold Outdoor. Located in the Peak District and covering some of the national park’s biggest highlights, adept hikers can enjoy dramatic ridge walks, some light scrambling, and of course fun times clambering over some of the Peak District’s famous quirky rock formations!
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Your Guide to Walking the Kepler Track: Day Three

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New Year’s Day saw us on the final stretch of the Kepler Track, with slightly sore heads and awaking to the call of kea parrots. Jess and Robbie, the hut wardens, had warned everyone the night before to bring their boots and waterproofs in before bed. Apparently the kea parrots had found a new game with which to entertain themselves – stealing the insoles and laces from the boots of unsuspecting hikers.

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Your Guide to Walking New Zealand’s Kepler Track: Day Two

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One of the most repeated pieces of advice I was given before starting the Kepler Track was to be prepared for all weather. In the mountains, the weather can change in an instant, and we experienced just that on the first night on the trek, at Luxmore Hut.

Within 15 minutes of arriving back from our detour down Luxmore Caves rain pelted down, and continued to hammer down on the roof all night. The wind picked up, and more than once everyone in the bunkhouse was awakened to the sound of the windows a-rattlin’ from the winds. By morning, the rains were still going strong, and we waited until 11:00 in the morning to set off, under the advice of the hut warden, Peter Jackson (like the Lord of the Rings director, but not really).

‘The views from the top of the mountain ridge are what make the Kepler Track so spectacular,’ he explained. ‘Wait a while here, see if it clears up, and then you can properly enjoy the walk.’

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Your Guide to Walking New Zealand’s Kepler Track: Day One

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Hiking on one of New Zealand’s Great Walks is a rite of passage for all visitors to this amazing country. With dramatic mountain scenery, unique wildlife and the well-organised hut and camping system, it’s easy to see why hikers worldwide flock to New Zealand’s Great Walks.

Not gonna lie, it was difficult deciding on only one Great Walk to do in New Zealand. Given the amount of time we had to spend in the country, not to mention how far in advance it took to book sleeping space in the mountain huts, we decided to avoid the beautiful but popular Milford Track and instead opted for the Kepler Track. What followed was three days of otherworldly landscapes, close encounters with endangered species not found anywhere else in the world, and of course a diet mostly consisting of pasta, granola bars and chocolate.

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Product Review: My Favourite Backpack, the Osprey Women’s Talon/Tempest 33L Rucksack

If you’ve been following my blog for a while now, you’ve probably noticed my bright red backpack in a majority of my hiking posts. After purchasing the Osprey Women’s Talon (now renamed Tempest) 33-litre rucksack a few years ago, it has become my go-to bag for weekend hikes and day trips. Continue reading

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Why New Zealand’s Great Lakes Should be on Your Itinerary

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The Great Lakes region, located in the South Island of New Zealand, is one of the most popular stopping points on every traveller’s itinerary. Each lake is breathtaking in its beauty, and has unique sites or activities you can enjoy. I’ve gone to ‘great’ lengths, and I don’t just mean swimming strokes, to bring you a mini guide of my favourite options – let’s plunge in! Continue reading

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Guest Post: Richmond Park Walk with WorldHikingVlog

We have our first guest blogger (or should that be vlogger?) over on AmorExplore – please welcome Sam from WorldHikingVlog! Sam is a London-based adventurer, who travels around the world in search of new and exciting destinations to explore on two legs. This week, he brings us his explorations of one of London’s more wild pockets – Richmond Park. Over to you Sam!

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The A to Z Guide of Adventurous Activities in London

Whether you’re a country bumpkin at heart, or you’re a simply feeling a little jaded with city life, there comes a time when every Londoner looks beyond the M25 for a little adventure. If you have neither the funds nor the time to jet off however, there are a load of adventurous activities in London on your doorstep that are waiting to be discovered. Take a look at my A-Z guide below! Continue reading

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London Walks: Chilham to Charing

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This is hands-down one of the prettiest London day hikes I’ve organised. Quaint Tudor villages, historic churches, forests and castles combine with a gentle ambling pace that offers a slice of quintessential English countryside.

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Avoid These Pitfalls When Drafting your Perfect New Zealand Itinerary

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It is easy to see why New Zealand always features on the lists of must-see travel destinations year-in, year-out with travel publications. There are a range of activities to suit every taste, the people are friendly and helpful, the scenery is stunning, the food and drink is sublime – the list goes on. However, New Zealand is also a remote destination and can easily take over 24 hours to reach by plane for many. In addition to this, its lack of extensive public transport and relative expense for some products can make it an expensive country to travel around.

These obstacles needn’t get in the way of your dream trip to New Zealand however; with some careful planning and realistic understanding of your budget, you can easily create a dream New Zealand itinerary!

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